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The Counselor Movie Quotes

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"The Counselor" movie quotes keep the action moving in the thriller about one attorney's foray into drug trafficking. The film was directed by Ridley Scott using a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, the first original screenplay from the Pulitzer Prize winner. After appearing at several film festivals, "The Counselor" opened in theaters on October 25, 2013.

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,".
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    The Truth Has No Temperature

    The Truth Has No Temperature
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    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?"
    Malkina: "No"
    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."

    A casual interaction between Reiner and Malkina soon turns serious when she remarks that truth has no temperature. To make the truth less than cold, it first needs to be cheerful on its own.
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    Moral Decisions

    Moral Decisions
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    Reiner: "Counselor, if you pursue this road that you've embarked upon, you will eventually come to moral decisions that will take you completely by surprise. You won't see it coming at all."
    The Counselor: "Well I don't intend to take this up as a trade."
    Reiner: "Yeah, a one-time deal, right?"

    Thought Reiner wants The Counselor to participate in this drug trafficking deal, he also wants The Counselor to be prepared for the risks. The moral decisions that come with the job however cannot be predicted.
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    License to Steal

    License to Steal
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    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.
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    How Bad Is It?

    How Bad Is It?
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    Laura: "How bad is it?"
    Westray: "Let's say pretty bad… then multiply it by ten."

    While Laura is freaking out at what The Counselor has gotten himself into, Westray explains that it's not simply pretty bad, rather ten times that.
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