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The Counselor (2013)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  25 October 2013 (USA)
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A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diamond Dealer
Priest (as Edgar Ramírez)
Highway Patrolman
Watching Girl


A rich and successful lawyer, the Counselor, is about to get married to his fiancée but soon becomes entangled in a complex drug plot with a middle-man known as Westray. The plan ends up taking a horrible twist and he must protect himself and his soon to be bride as the truth of the drug business is uncovered and targets are eliminated. Written by DJDC

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Sin Is A Choice.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 October 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El abogado del crimen  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,842,930 (USA) (25 October 2013)


$16,969,390 (USA) (10 January 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Javier Bardems hair was the actor's own and inspired by film producer Brian Grazer's hairdo. See more »


When Malkina retrieves the user name and password to Westray's laptop from the blonde woman, she remarks that the password is "five digits", as shown on the hand written note. When Westray's laptop is stolen on the street, Malkina enters an eight character password. See more »


[first lines]
Laura: Are you awake?
Counselor: No. What time is it?
Laura: Two o'clock. Almost two o'clock.
Counselor: AM or PM?
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Written by Alessandro 'Alle' Benassi (as A. Benassi), Benny Benassi (as M. Benassi), V.C. Bratu, A. Pignagnoli.
Performed by Benassi Bros. presents Violeta
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As pretentious as the characters
24 November 2013 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

I've been lurking on IMDb for years, always curious to see what the interwebs thinks of certain movies or films. And most of the times I can abide with the ratings. Not in this case however. Seeing that this movie is closer to the 6 than to a 4 I just had to register and rate this awful piece of pretentiousness.

When a movie gives you the feeling that your intelligence is failing you - several times I wondered if this is what it feels to watch Pokemon at the age of 75 - , something must have gone horribly wrong. Judging by the cast, the director, the writer, the shots, the locations and the props it's fairly safe to say that it wasn't a matter of budget.

The story itself has potential to be interesting, it is not super-original, but originality doesn't have to be the most important aspect of a good film. The way the story unfolds, or the characters develop can suck you in. But the pace of the movie (and I can enjoy slow movies very much so) is awful, the scenes are non-sensical and the dialogues are pompous. The highlight of the movie: Javier Bardem and the scene with the car had me laughing out loud, but Im pretty sure that wasn't the effect the makers had in mind.

Save your money and fight this piece of horrendous 'art'.

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