Watched Aug 04, 2012
Joe Prestianni’s review:
Matthew McConaughey stars in THE LINCOLN LAWYER as Mick Haller, a smooth talking, hot shot defense attorney who takes on a wealthy client charged with brutally assaulting a prostitute but claims innocence. One part courtroom drama and one part thriller with a few twists and turns along the way.
The first act plays out in typical fashion with not much excitement or intrigue, but once the first of the aforementioned twists comes along, from then on the film gets much more interesting. It's also from this point on that McConaughey's performance really gets going, and I found that the actor delivered on every aspect of his character fairly well. His wanting to set things right with a previous client is a characteristic that doesn't feel very developed, but McConaughey musters up enough conviction to sell it. He's surrounded by a cast of supporting players you've no doubt seen many times before, such as Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, Bryan Cranston, Josh Lucas, Shea Wigham, Michael Pena, John Leguizamo, among others, and they all either do all right or don't have much to do.
The film takes one last turn that felt a bit forced, but it doesn't really hurt the finale. THE LINCOLN LAWYER is ultimately a vehicle for Matthew McConaughey to start his reemergence, a reemergence that is really starting to get going this year into next, and he does a fine job.