In "The Counselor," Michael Fassbender portrays the title character, a greedy attorney who receives an offer he cannot refuse. He agrees to participate in drug trafficking, something many warn him of but a risk he is willing to take for the payoff. With this deal, The Counselor could have it all, wealth, excitement and a lovely fiance, Laura (Penelope Cruz), who is beyond naive as to his dealings.
Along the way, The Counselor meets a number of colorful characters including middleman Westray (Brad Pitt) and Reiner and Malkina (Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz, respectively), a mysterious couple who work with him on the drug trade. Things soon take many dark and scary turns however putting Laura in danger and forcing The Counselor to make some tough decisions.
"The Counselor" joins theaters which are already stacked with other great films such as "Escape Plan," "The Fifth Estate," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Machete Kills," "Runner Runner," "Don Jon," "Rush, "Prisoners,", "Enough Said," "The Family," and "Riddick,".
The Truth Has No Temperature
Reiner: "You like it because it reminds you of somewhere else?"
Malina: "That's not why I like it. I like it for itself."
Reiner: "It doesn't have to be like somewhere else?"
Reiner: "Do I remind you of someone else?"
Malkina: "Yes, you do."
Reiner: "Someone you miss?"
Malkina: "Someone who is dead. I don't think I miss things. I think to miss something is to hope that it will come back, but it's not coming back."
Reiner: "You don't think that's a bit cold?"
Malkina: "The truth has no temperature."
License to Steal
Reiner: "Counselor, I always thought that a law degree was a license to steal but you for one haven't really capitalized on it."As Reiner sells the idea of getting involved in drug trafficking with The Counselor, he reminds him of the power he holds as a lawyer. The Counselor can get away with things others in his position cannot, something The Counselor decides to exploit.
You Don't Know Someone Until You Know What They Want
The Counselor: "What do you do with the money?"
Westray: "Mine goes offshore. We can talk about it if you like but you can't use my people."
The Counselor: "All right"
Westray: "Okay, what else?" You seem unsettled."
The Counselor: "I'm all right."
Westray: "If you're not in, you need to tell me."
The Counselor: "Why?"
Westray: "Because you don't know someone until you know what they want is why. I can't advise you, Counselor."
The Counselor: "But you are advising me."
Westray: "I just need you to be sure that you're locked in, cause I don't know. Maybe I should tell you what Mickey Rourke told what's his face. That's my recommendation anyway, Counselor, don't do it."
The Counselor: "This arson is a serious crime."
Westray: "Yeah, and so is this."
We All Have Secrets
Malkina: "So, have you set a date?"
Laura: "Not yet. I really want to get married in the church."
Malkina: "So you're a church lady?"
Laura: "I go. It's important to me."
Malkina: "And what about confession?"
Malkina: "Does the priest ever ask you about sex?"
Laura: "He doesn't ask but you're supposed to tell him about everything."
Malkina: "And suppose you've done something like really nasty, he doesn't press you for the details?"
Laura: "I don't, I don't think so."
Malkina: "You're blushing. Just rattling your cage. What a world."
Laura: "You think the world is strange."
Malkina: "I meant yours."
Malkina: "That's a nice ring."
Malkina: "Want to know how much it's worth?"
Malkina: "You really don't, do you?"
Laura: I really don't."
Malkina: "You should be careful what you wish for, angel, because we all have secrets."