Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

The Lincoln Lawyer is a good, plot-heavy thriller based on a novel of the same name by Michael Connelly. Matthew McConaughey plays the title character Mick Haller, a criminal defense attorney who largely operates out of his Lincoln automobile. He is hired by a spoiled real estate agent (Ryan Phillippe) who has been accused of the rape and beating of a prostitute. At first. Haller is convinced of his client's innocence, but then he finds out information which lead him to suspect that he let a former client (Michael Pena) go to jail innocently. Other characters involved in the  pulpy story include Marisa Tomei as Haller's ex-wife and a prosecuting attorney, William H. Macy as Haller"s investigator, Josh Lucas as a prosecuting attorney, Bryan Cranston as a surly police detective, Frances Fisher as Phillippe's mother, John Leguizamo as a home confinement monitor, and country singer Trace Adkins as a biker client of Haller's.

The script is always interesting, and the cast does a fine job in their roles. McConaughey is well cast as a sleazy lawyer who develops a conscience; his onscreen charisma serves him and the movie well. Brad Furman, a director new to feature films, does well with his first major job. McConaughey could probably have a franchise with this character if he wanted it. Grade: B+.

I watched this film on Netflix Streaming on January 1. 2013.

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