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
Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz previously starred together in "Vanilla Sky" (2001). See more »
(at around 50 mins) When Malkina is driving the yellow Ferrari California on the golf course, the cables used for the internal cabin lights are clearly visible going through Reiner's passenger door. See more »
The 'Unrated Extended Cut' is 20 minutes longer than the 'Theatrical Cut'(117 min.) and runs nearly 138 minutes. It features new scenes, extended scenes and a little alternative footage. Some scenes are extended substantially, for example the philosophical dialogue between the Counselor and the Diamond Dealer and between the Counselor and the Cartel Leader. In this version the Diamond Dealer is characterized as a Sephardic Jew from Spain with a tragic past involving a deceased woman. The Cartel Leader's extended monologue gains nearly apocalyptic qualities. The sex scene at the beginning is longer and contains stronger sexual activity from Laura. The sexually ambiguous relationship between Laura and Malkina is explored deeper in an additional scene. Reiner tells more anecdotes about his former girlfriends, friends and what he 'learned' about women. The dialogue scenes with Westray contain more details about the unpredictable dangers of the drug trade. The notorious death scene of Westray is extended and more graphic. The 'Unrated Extended Cut' contains in general more profanity and sexual references than the R-rated 'Theatrical Cut'. See more »
'The Counsellor' is an all-star cast, comprising of Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz (excluding the numerous cameos by other well-known actors). Not only is it completely 'A-list,' but it's also directed by Sir Ridley Scott. With a cinematic pedigree like that, how could it fail? Well, it does its best.
It's far to say that most people who have watched it have hated it. And it's not hard to see why. For a start, if you've seen the trailer, you may feel a little mislead. The trailer markets it (or at least a fair proportion of it) on 'action.' However, if you've watched the trailer, you've basically seen every car chase, punch and gunshot the movie contains. Basically, it's over two hours of people talking to each other.
Michael Fassbender plays the titular character, known only as 'Counsellor.' We never learn his name. Why? No idea. He's *surprisingly* a counsellor, but has decided to do a drug deal. Why? No idea. So he travels around the world talking to one dodgy character after the next. And when I say talk, I really mean TALK. He doesn't just chat, he does a form of monologue which, in real life, is completely alien to how normal people interact with each other. Then, when he's finally shut up, the person he's come to see responds with an equally cryptic speech. And so it goes on, occasionally interspersed with *seemingly* random characters doing their own plot line.
It's a tough film to watch all right. You really have to be in the mood for something totally 'talkie.' Yes, the actors are as good as their reputations suggest, but the dialogue they're forced to speak does come across as a little forced, even from them. The film is pretty watchable as the multiple monologues to lend a certain depth to our understanding of the characters, but, after a while, it does wear a little thin. The film is over two hours in length and the last half an hour is an even harder watch than what's gone before.
Just don't expect wall-to-wall excitement and make sure you're in the mood for a slow two hours if you possibly hope to get the maximum out of this (although, fans of Cameron Diaz may get a little bonus when they see what she does with yellow sports cars!).
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