Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt
Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in the motion picture thriller The Counselor, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author's characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer's one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.
The film tells the story of a lawyer who finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
Michael Fassbender as CounselorThe Counselor (his given name is not revealed) is a lawyer who is tempted to enter a murky and dangerous world to make some quick cash. He soon learns that a single decision can have shocking and irreversible consequences. Although he receives many warnings about the potential dangers in getting involved in this deal, The Counselor’s arrogance won’t let him stop.
Cameron Diaz as MalkinaMalkina is Reiner’s opportunistic and dangerous girlfriend. She’s a sociopath whose lack of empathy means she’s capable of anything. Malkina’s power stems from her relentless drive to take control and possess anything she believes she deserves. Whatever the consequence of her actions, she never feels remorse.
Penélope Cruz as LauraLaura is The Counselor’s fiancée, but their joyous engagement is marred by the dangerous world of which he has just become a part. Laura is beautiful and naïve; she sees the best in everybody. Her intelligence and foresight – and her love for The Counselor – may be no match for his descent into the rabbit hole, and they both face tragic consequences if the deal goes south.
Brad Pitt as WestrayWestray is a philosophizing and shady middleman whose warnings to The Counselor about the dangers of a world he seeks to enter, go unheeded. Handsome, charming and witty, Westray is an unapologetic womanizer, which threatens to lead to his demise.
Javier Bardem as ReinerReiner straddles two worlds: the extravagant and decadent realm of his work as a nightclub owner, and a brutal, lawless and merciless criminal underworld that is rapidly closing in on him. Reiner appears to possess special insight into The Counselor’s increasingly dire circumstances, but he’s just as much a potential victim of a life he little understands.
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