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Okay so I found The Counselor online and saw that it was going to be directed by Ridley Scott. It's also going to star Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad pitt, and Penelope Cruz. The script was written by Pulitzer prize-winning Author, Cormac McCarthy who wrote No country for old men.

The format of the script was all over the place. I mean sometimes it felt like a novel and sometimes it felt like a stage play, but once you're 79 years old and the winner of multiple literary awards I guess you can do whatever the hell you want! It takes some getting used to, but once you get used to it... Wow! The dialogue has almost a dark comedic vibe and it is extremely engrossing.

THE PLOT

Basically the story involves 5 main characters. The main character is the Counselor. The Counselor is a lawyer who is looking to earn some major cash on the side through one of his many connections. One of these connections being Reiner and Malkina. Reiner is going to work almost as a middle man, and Malkina is... Well without giving much away,I'm just going to say she is the wild card. In this deal the drugs are going to be put into a septic tank and driven from Mexico to a major city in the US. While all that is happening the Counselor is going to marry Laura.  Last, but not least is Westray who is sort of a mysterious character. He is almost like the person who is looking over the flow of cash between the deal.

DESCRIPTIONS

The descriptions are extremely well done. You can basically imagine the whole movie in your head. Here is one:

"High desert. A very attractive woman—Malkina—is sitting crosslegged in the luggage
rack on top of the Escalade. She is wearing a black western hat with a flat or porkpie
crown and a braided leather chinstrap. A white shirt with a leather vest and a pair of
whipcord riding pants with expensive leather boots. Her long black hair is pinned back
and she is leaning forward with her elbows on her knees looking through a pair of
expensive binoculars."

Oh and Malkina owns Cheetahs. Yeah I know. Freakin' Cheetahs!

Read this profound monologue by a diamond dealer.

"The heart of any culture is to be found in the nature of the hero.
Who is that man who is revered? In the western world it is the man
of God. From Moses to Christ. The prophet. The penitent. Such a
figure is unknown to the Greeks. Unheard-of. Unimaginable.
Because you can only have a man of God, not a man of gods. And
this God is the God of the Jewish people. There is no other god.
We see the figure of him—what is the word? Purloined. Purloined
in the West. How do you steal a God? He is immovable. The Jew
beholds his tormentor dressed in the vestments of his own ancient
culture. Everything bears a strange familiarity. But the fit is always
poor and the hands are always bloody. That coat. Didn’t that
belong to Uncle Chaim? What about the shoes? Enough. I see you
look. No more philosophy. The stones themselves have their own
view of things. Perhaps they are not so silent as you think. They
were piped up out of the earth in a time before any witness was,
but they are here. Now. Who shall be their witness? We. We two.
What is wrong with that?"

Overall this looks amazing. I saw somewhere that someone said that this is like No country for old men on steroids.

If anyone wants me to email them the script, then just PM me. =)
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