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With deception, danger and intrigue at every corner, The Lincoln Lawyer doesn’t disappoint.
Based on the bestselling Michael Connelly novel of the same name, The Lincoln Lawyer stars Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller, a smooth-talking, charismatic criminal defence attorney who conducts business out of the back of his Lincoln Sedan in Los Angeles.
Mick Haller, a Los Angeles lawyer, played by Matthew McConaughey, defends Louis Roulet, played by Ryan Phillipe in court, in The Lincoln Lawyer. Submitted photo
Mickey has a reputation for defending immoral criminals and returning them to the streets. Divorced with one daughter, Mickey is not a typical family man. Viewers soon see the tension Mickey’s morals create between Mickey and his prosecution lawyer ex-wife, Maggie, played by Marisa Tomei.
When he lands the case of his life representing Louis Roulet, a rich, seemingly innocent playboy played by Ryan Phillipe, Haller is thrust into a deadly game, torn between lies and justice. This seemingly clear-cut case takes surprising twists and turns at every corner of the film. No one is truly innocent.
The Lincoln Lawyer suffers from a lack of insight into the relationship between Mickey and his ex-wife. The reason for their divorce is never clear.
We don’t get to see much interaction between Mickey and his daughter, either. Viewers needed more insight into these relationships to find
out the reasons for Mickey’s personality.
With a supporting cast like William H. Macy, who plays a private investigator working for Mick, Josh Lucas, who plays the prosecutor on Louis Roulet’s case, and Tomei, best known for her work in The Wrestler and My Cousin Vinnie, The Lincoln Lawyer could do little else wrong.
Though the movie ran a bit long, the content is engaging. With humourous lines exchanged between McConaughey and his chauffeur and the captivating music by greats like Marvin Gaye, The Lincoln Lawyer is genuinely entertaining.
McConaughey finally breaks away from broadcasting his abs instead of his acting ability, portraying a character with depth, as he did in 1996’s A Time to Kill, in which he also plays a lawyer.
The romantic comedy slump McConaughey has endured since early 2000 might finally be over. It’s a relief to see McConaughey go back to being a serious actor instead of simply using his looks to wow female audiences.
The Lincoln Lawyer is a must-see, especially for fans of legal dramas.