The Lincoln Lawyer stars Matthew McConaughey as Mick Haller, a defense attorney with a knack for producing not guilty verdicts for his clients or at the least, a drastically reduced sentence. When Haller takes the case of Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), it becomes quickly clear that he may have met his match in the game of playing the law. Roulet, a rich kid from Beverly Hills, is being charged with the attempted murder of a woman and Haller sees it as a big case worthy of his time and expertise.
When the truth about what happened that night becomes muddled in he said/she said, Haller immediately realizes that his new client may be playing him as well as Haller plays the system.
McConaughey shines in The Lincoln Lawyer. His talents are on full display and it is a welcome joy to see him back in a cinematic courtroom. His Mick Haller is slick, powerful and completely engrossing. McConaughey was born to play the creation of author Michael Connelly from his book of the same name. Connelly told us that he knew McConaughey was his Haller as soon as he saw his performance in Tropic Thunder. We can completely see where that sentiment came from!
The rest of the cast is astounding. While McConaughey and Phillippe are perfectly cast and each turns in a career-best performance, the supporting cast is what makes this good movie great.
The first supporting actor that stands out is William H. Macy. The always-astounding Macy plays Haller's go-to private detective who, in this case, is charged with getting to the bottom of the fateful night that landed Phillippe's Roulet in prison. Also stealing scenes in The Lincoln Lawyer is Marisa Tomei who portrays a prosecutor and Haller's ex-wife with whom he shares custody of their daughter. Her scenes with McConaughey add a light to McConaughey's character in the sense that audiences are allowed to see the personal side of the consummate professional that is his attorney character.
John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Bryan Cranston, Frances Fisher, Josh Lucas and country superstar Trace Adkins fill out the cast that could be one of the year's best so far.
The Lincoln Lawyer is riveting and robust in its showcasing a true L.A. story. There have been hundreds of L.A. stories in the movies, but rarely does a film delve into the gritty urban feel that is front and center in The Lincoln Lawyer. As directed by Brad Furman, the film has an almost musical rhythm to it that is only enhanced by the stellar soundtrack. The Lincoln Lawyer is constantly a work in motion, much like its protagonist in the hands of the astounding Matthew McConaughey.
Out of five stars…
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