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The Lincoln Lawyer
This Case is a Dangerous Game of Life and Death
A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
It's called The Lincoln Lawyer because Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) essentially has his office in the back of a Lincoln. It's an eye-rolling title, screaming mediocrity, with a first-time director led by an actor who then made a name for himself doing horrible romcoms and other forgettable films. It's certainly another one you can easily skip, right? What the world didn't anticipate was the McConaissance - a mega re-surgence in his career, and The Lincoln Lawyer was just the beginning. It's a familiar Hollywood courtroom drama but highly effective thanks to it's well-written, tightly edited story and a fantastic cast top to bottom.
Ryan Phillippe (who I last saw in the overly-ambitious stylish dystopian film Franklyn) does great work as…
I've got a bit of a soft spot for courtroom dramas. From A few Good Men to Runaway Jury, 12 Angry Men to To Kill A Mockingbird, there are a lot of powerful and interesting movies in the genre. The Lincoln Lawyer may not quite be in the two latter movies class, but it was a welcome return to form for Matthew McConaughey.
It may have taken a crash diet and a huge pay-cut for McConaughey to finally get that Oscar under his belt, but this was a fairly good start getting away from those horrible romantic comedies. This is clever and quite thought provoking and although nothing entirely original is helped by stand out turns from both McConaughey and…
Oh Mathew McConaughey. I'm so glad you decided to start making good movies again.
As far as courtroom dramas go, this is one of my favorites. It has a nice casual feel to it that makes it so enjoyable. Matthew McConaughey reeks of coolness in this. He was born to wear suits. He makes lawyers look bad-ass, something I never thought was possible. I mean, his license plate number is "NTGUILTY". That's bad-ass in my book.
But as it is a courtroom movie, by the end it gets a bit ridiculous, especially with the "bad" characters. They're too over the top. Aside from that, this movie is just a lot of fun to watch and keeps you interested through the whole running time.
The Lincoln Lawyer Review
"That I wouldn't recognize innocence. That it would be right there in front of me and I just wouldn't see it." - Mick Haller
The Lincoln Lawyer is a hard, tough, gritty, and sly film showing us a lawyer striving to survive not just on the streets but also in court. As the little known Lincoln Lawyer started McConaughssaince but it began with a pow as Matthew McConaughey delivered a knockout performance with some nice narrative flow. However as cool and calculating this film may be, it tries too hard to be an action thriller that at times it gets lost in its muddled plot and themes especially when the editing is choppy and off beat.…
Despite glimpses of the talent we've come to expect, in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and We Are Marshall, Matthew McConaughey was something of a laughing stock in the earlier part of his career. This failure to launch seemed to have doomed him to a fate of typecast roles in whatever Hollywood could scrape from the bottom of the barrel. But, everything changed with the arrival of The Lincoln Lawyer.
McConaughey stars as Mickey Haller, a suave defence attorney who conducts his business from the comfort of his chauffeured Lincoln sedan, hence the nickname. This tiny detail smartly establishes the character and gives McConaughey license to further shape Haller with the irresistible charm, familiar southern drawl and…
Alright alright alright Matt, you're splendid as always
The Lincoln Lawyer felt like a season finale to a show like Law and Order. Nothing more, nothing less.
However, it was McConaugheys performance, that kept me engaged and gave the film a necessary presence that would be left mediocre without it. Post-2011 Matthew is my favorite Matthew.
Lincoln Lawyer is actually a preety sweet surprise, a fast-paced, smoothly-acted and supremely entertaining reflection on the value of morality vs. duty. In fact, I'd go so far as to say Lincoln Lawyer is one of the most surprising 2011, a movie that blendas all The classical courtroom drama elements with a vibrant tone and filmmaking style that when blended comes of as a lot of fun, but also in a way meaningful. It's formulaic for sure but it's also a lot of fun.
Algunos elementos del guión son previsibles, y no intentan sorprenderte con ellos al final, pero otros son bastante inesperados. O sea, que bien por el argumento.
Pero esta película funciona sobre todo por el personaje principal, que no puede evitar caerte bien pese a su abierto cinismo, gracias a la interpretación de Matthew McConaughey.
Ojalá todos los thrillers legales fueran así. Voy a tenerme que leer los otros libros protagonizados por Mickey Haller...
Film equivalent of an airport novel. Its set up for you to keep turning the pages even when there are gaps of logic. Very engaging with a solid performance from the early stage of The McConaissance. The last 5 minutes kinda soured the rest of the film for me.
I'll watch anything by post-2010 Matthew McConaughey, and The Lincoln Lawyer didn't disappoint. It's kind of thin - your standard legal thriller adaptation - but all of the actors (save Ryan Phillippe - come on, dude) bring their A game.
Watched this for the Caruth Haven assisted living movie group that I lead. If there's one thing that crowd love it is legal thrillers. And if there is another it is Michael McConaughey. I've gotta say, I am coming around to their way of thinking.
McConaughey is at his best when playing guys who don't fit into the system but who have a quip at hand. So this part is a natural for him. The plot is sufficiently twisted around to keep you guessing. I saw several people who complained that the big twist is revealed in the middle of the movie. They obviously didn't feel the intentional tension of trying to figure out how McConaughey's character is going to handle the consequences of that revelation, both personally and professionally. It kept me guessing until the end.
I saw this in the theater and liked it, though I was disappointed by the casting. I can see Matthew McConaughey playing Bosch but I have trouble finding him compelling as Haller. Marisa Tomei is also very hot, but not right for the role of Haller's ex.
I enjoyed seeing this again before heading in to work.
I actually prefer the ending here to the ending in the book as this is less cliche though it does not address the mixed feelings that make up so much of the novel.
The Beginning of the McConaissance.
The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey was a great movie. It was a great combination of thriller and drama, with some great mystery. The supporting cast were all fantastic and on top of their game. I was pleasantly surprised to see Bryan Cranston in the same scene as Matthew McConaughey. My inner fanboy exploded with delight at that. I felt like the movie was very well paced from the beginning right up till the last 20 minutes or so. It seemed like the movie was reaching it's end but there was always something else that happened after. It's not a huge complaint of mine, because it did result in some pretty unique twists and plot progression. Overall, a great movie that more people need to see. And also, what a spectacular soundtrack.
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