New Clip from THE COUNSELOR Starring Michael Fassbender and Natalie Dormer

     October 15, 2013


20th Century Fox has released a new clip from Ridley Scott’s The Counselor.  The script by Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country for Old Men) centers on an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Javier Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine.  In the clip, Fassbender’s character has a conversation with a sale clerk (Natalie Dormer) about purchasing women’s undergarments.  It’s an incredibly odd scene not because of the content, but because of Scott’s direction.  The tone of the scene is almost sinister, and the way it ends almost makes me think there’s an error in the player.  The dialogue keeps going but the character’s lips stop moving, so it looks like they have a telepathic bond.  It gets stranger from there.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Brad Pitt, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, and Goran VisnjicThe Counselor opens October 25th. [Update: The clip is technically "viral footage" whatever that means.]

Via GQ.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Counselor:

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.

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  • Doug

    That is very very very cool. It looks like a different movie than the trailers have shown

  • The Flobbit

    Hey. Don’t go hatin’ on Ridley Scott!

  • The Flobbit

    And Matt, there is no time lag. Reload your player. It’s your problem.

  • The Flobbit

    OK I take that back. That’s weird. Probably a problem with the player…

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  • Conor

    McCarthy is simply a genius.

    There is no telepathy, Mr. Goldberg. The wordless conversation is simply the consultant’s epiphany that the counselor will not be dissuaded by anyone for Cruz’s character’s love. The police operator’s narrative conversation about the murder is either a segue into another scene or a seed for another point in the movie…

  • Hey…HEY!

    So…this is a cross between one of those extended Chanel ads and oddly directed porno? Maybe with some Lazer Cats thrown in?

  • cjohnston

    *prediction* …this is gonna be what I like to refer to as a “LIGHTNING BOLT” of a film – joining the very select ranks of other, similar cinematic stomach turners and mind melters such as Cloud Atlas, Trance, Savages, and Dead Man Down.

    • Conor

      Have you ever seen The Sunset Limited? Crash? Breaking Bad? Read Suttree or The Blood Meridian? It will be like those films and novels, only contemporary.

  • Guest

    If they had not put that eerie music in there that would have been a very boring scene. Sorry don’t get the hype about Fassbender at all!

    • The Flobbit

      Actually I was riveted quietly to the screen.

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