‘The Counselor’ Trailer, Clips & Images: Michael Fassbender Has Been Bad

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm,

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The Counselor is a milestone event of a film, as it marks the screenwriting debut of Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of books like The Road and No Country for Old Men – who is arguably one of the best American writers living today. That’s a lot of expectation to live up to – especially in the wider and more savage arena of feature-filmmaking. But with a directing heavyweight like Ridley Scott in his corner, not to mention an all-star cast (more an them later), McCarthy certainly has the foundation under him to make an impressive debut on the Hollywood scene.

For the uninitiated: there are two main topics that McCarthy tends to favor in his writing: rumination on the south/southwest region of the United States, and rumination on the darkness and violence that lies in the hearts of human beings. The Counselor looks to continue in that proud McCarthy tradition on both counts, and this new trailer reveals just how dark  the ride will get.

Want to see more footage or images from the film? Be sure to watch the clips from The Counselor posted below.

In The Counselor, Michael Fassbender stars as a respected lawyer living in the Southwest, who tries to take a quick dive into the drug business to make a quick buck. Of course, once he has crossed the border (literally and figuratively) into the dark world of greed and violence, he discovers that even a quick glimpse into the abyss is enough get yourself swallowed by the darkness.

Check out some additional clips from the film:


In addition to Fassbender, The Counselor stars Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, Game of Thrones‘ Natalie Dormer and Cameron Diaz and Penélope Cruz as two femme fatales. All in all an impressive cast. On the filmmaking side of things: the washed-out shadowy tones of Dariusz Wolski’s (PrometheusPirates of the Caribbean) cinematography look to be a suitable match for the pared-down and brutal prose of McCarthy’s writing, and the direction looks pretty good overall, with some clever visual ideas.

However, based on the clips, it is clear that The Counselor will also follow the tradition of McCarthy’s books, which are often punctuated by almost stage play-esque scenes of conversation. The author’s style is arguably comparable to Tarantino – if Tarantino hung around academics, intellectuals and scientists, that is. Some moviegoers might be thrown by such an experience, in the same way that McCarthy’s brutally clean prose has only now and again struck a cord with the mainstream.

Still, The Counselor looks like an interesting experiment, to say the least, and could turn out to be one of the best crime dramas to come along in some time. Or, it could be the next Killing Them Softly on Brad Pitt’s resume (read: heavy-handed “talkie” disguised as a crime flick). We’ll see.


The Counselor will be in theaters on October 25, 2013.

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  1. I’ll definitely be checking this one out

  2. I have my doubts about the film and the clips reinforced them.
    Cormac McCarthy’s screenplay is the draw and biggest curiosity.

    • Yeah, while there’s a part of me that thinks this can be brilliant over the past month or so I’m starting to wonder if the movie can fall flat.
      On paper, you look at Scott directing a movie written by McCarthy with this cast you think what could go wrong?
      But for a reason I can’t explain and hope I’m wrong about I’m starting to worry.

  3. God Killing Them Softly sucked bad.

    • What does that have to do with this film?

      • Because Kofi mentioned it in the article.

  4. The new full trailer looks great, and showcases the central five people in the cast. I can’t wait to see this movie.

  5. Killing them softly was the best film of last year

    • Agreed

  6. Seems really interesting. I’ll definitely keep an eye on this one.

  7. This movie is going to be great b/c of McCarthy, Scott and the cast. Certainly has the potential to be one of the best of the year. However, Killing Them Softly didn’t need to be thrown under the bus. Did it get chatty? Yes; but so have McCarthy’s books and this film it looks like it too. Great dialogue has always been intriguing and Brad Pitt’s monologue at the end of Killing Them Softly was utterly brilliant, and embodied what the film was all about. All in all yes, The Counselor does look better, but KTS definitely didn’t need to be treated like it was a complete bust.

      • ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  8. I see oscar potential in Diaz. Her character appears to have a eerie form the femme fatale trait going on. Plus, Fassenber is always exciting. I”ll be sure to check this one out, but I’m praying that it’s different from No Country for Old Men. Just by watching the trailer, you can already see some similarities taking form; a well-respected man gets drawn into the underbelly of society and it’s hard for him to get out.

  9. Sean, you said that Killing Them Softy was chatty.

    I would agree with you on that front, but even so, the movie barely had any energy going on (i.e lacked intensity) causing it to be exteremly slow. One could argue, and I will, that Goodfellas could be considered “chatty” – take Henry’s narration of the film, for example. But, even though it maybe chatty, the story kept moving from place to place, allowing one to take an interest in the film’s character. In Killing Them Softly, however, the story never moves. You’re just waiting for Jackie (Brad Pitt) to snipe out those three guys.

    But hey, you’re allowed to have an opinion and I hope I don’t come across as an a******. Just trying to get a little film depate going on.

  10. Fantastic cast, and one of my favorite directors. I’m pretty pumped for this one. I’m hoping that it will get a few Oscar noms and possibly even wins, but I’m not expecting anything huge. I think this will be a pretty competitive year.

    Also, is anyone else hoping that in this film, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz interact with each other intimately, if you know what i mean? ;)

    • Looks like Savages Part 2

  11. Love Ridley Scott, love McCarthy , love fassbender , pretty impressive cast … But I feel more and more it’s going to fell flat.
    3 words : try too hard.
    There was a quietness, a slow burning quality to ncfom that made the violence burst all the more impressive. Chigurn standed out in a sea of talented but discreet supporting roles and with a low profile leading role.
    Fass looks out of place here, so does brad Pitt. You barely see tge characters only the actors that seems to play caricatures. The dialogue seems awful, very in your face – oh it’s going to be bad/ have you been bad?. It s probably going to sell alright and critics might even like it but at the end it will feel meh.

    • ^^^You’re basing you’re opinion off of a minute and 1/2 trailer?

  12. This looks really great. Penelope Cruz looks gorgeous in this! Im there opening weekend for this one.

  13. Sick! First read about this a year ago. Anyone doubting this movie, likes to watch Glee and get their nails done with ice cream sprinkles.

    Only Real MEN on this board!

  14. Hmmm between this and American Hustle, we have some nice award contenders this year, hopefully they are both fantastic.

  15. Its looks like quality work from all those involved.

  16. Just a note: It’ the first screenplay by McCarthy to be produced; he’s written a few others.

    But, damn, this looks great.

    • Anyone that read the book, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and was familiar with McCarthy’s writing will understand that it was really a screenplay.