As soon as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy (“The Road,” “No Country for Old Men) delivered an unsolicited script, “The Counselor,” instead of the novel that was due, our attention was piqued. When you attach Ridley Scott to direct, and Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbener, and more, to star, then you have our full-blown focus. That’s one of the best casts of this, or any, year.
An international trailer leaked out earlier today and made the rounds, and it looked to fit in nicely McCarthy’s sparse, grim aesthetic. It was in Russian, though, so if you weren’t fluent, tough break. Even though you may not understand every word on screen, the mood, tone, and feel of the short video gets the point across. And again, this is Cormac McCarthy we’re talking about, a writer who is prone to long, silent passages as it is.
The Russian version, however, was thankfully replaced by an official English track, so you can finally drink in the syllables and their grim meaning for yourself.
“The Counselor” is the story of a straight-arrow lawyer (Fassbender), who, after proposing to his girlfriend (Cruz), is looking for a little supplemental income, if you know what I mean. This leads him to dealings with nefarious ne’er do wells like Pitt and Bardem, and ends up transporting $20 million worth of cocaine. If that’s not a recipe for disaster, which you can see in this video, then nothing is. Like most of McCarthy’s work, this is about people making poor decisions, and dealing with the consequences.
“The Counselor” opens October 25, and also stars Rosie Perez, Goran Visnjic, John Leguizamo, Dean Norris, Natalie Dormer, and Bruno Ganz.
Via : 20th Century Fox UK