Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Michael Connelly and directed by Brad Furman (“The Take”). “The Lincoln Lawyer,” is an engaging, fast-paced, gritty court room thriller, overflowing with tension and swagger.
The film stars Matthew McConaughey in one of his best roles of his career. McConaughey puts in a pitch-perfect performance as Mick Haller, a sly, charismatic, Jack Daniel’s drinking Los Angeles lawyer, who does his work, when not defending sleazy clients, from the back seat of his Lincoln Continental.
Soon, a high-profile case lands in his lap. The case is to defend, rich playboy realtor Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe brings the right amount of ambiguity needed for the role), who has been accused of assaulting and raping a woman. Louis insists that it was all a set-up and wants to go to trial to prove his innocence.
But, this case like Roulet isn’t as clean-cut as it appears. Beneath this glossy exterior lurk some potentially dark, deadly secrets, that can’t stay hidden forever. This critic will not delve further into the plot, in fear of ruining the elements of the story that really make this film pop.
McConaughey (“A Time to Kill,” “Frailty,” “Tropic Thunder”) and Phillippe (“Chaos,” “Breach,” “MacGruber”) aren’t the only ones on top of their game, the supporting cast also put in stellar performances. Marisa Tomei (“My Cousin Vinny,” “The Wrestler”), though underused is perfect as prosecutor Maggie McPherson, Mick’s ex-wife who still harbors some feelings for him. William H. Macy (“Fargo,” Showtime’s “Shameless”) also in a small but very crucial role does wonders as Frank Levin, Mick’s long-time investigator and friend.
Rounding out this superb cast is John Leguizamo (“Carlito’s Way,” “The Take”), as Val, a wise-cracking, tattoo covered bail bondsman and Bryan Cranston (AMC’s “Breaking Bad”), as a detective who thinks Mick is just as bad as the scum he defends.
Accompanying, the tension is Cliff Martinez’s lively and intense musical score, which enhances the suspense of the film. The film also features a soundtrack of 70’s soul mixed with some hip-hop, which complements Mick’s swagger perfectly.
“The Lincoln Lawyer,” although nothing extraordinary is a finely acted and entertaining story that keeps you captivated from start to finish.
(“The Lincoln Lawyer,” is rated R for violence, sexual content and language.)
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