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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…
6/10: The script is pacey and smart - it's as good as any Grisham adaptation, coupled with brilliant acting by the main actors as well as the supporting casts. Although the story itself is a variation of the detective-who-done-it genre, the effective manner in which the story unfolds makes this thriller well-worth watching.
Great performances. Great visual style. Great pace and structure. GREAT FILM.
7/10. Pretty good
When I first heard about this film I was so happy to see that McConaughey was returning to the type of role that made him famous in A TIME TO KILL. The type of role he had not taken since AMISTAD back in 1997, instead, keeping his career alive with romantic comedies and very slowly but surely robbing him of credibility with no other important roles to offer (SAHARA bombed). Maybe it was bad timing starting his film career at a time when the John Grisham film adaptations were beginning to dwindle. Well, thankfully the producers turned to the novel of Michael Connelly, returning McConaughey to the role of the lawyer, which I believe no one acting right now can…
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 blends 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. I'll go as far as to say it was COOL.
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.
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- A Few Good Men
- 12 Angry Men
- The Verdict
- Judgment at Nuremberg
- African Cats
- Clash of the Titans
- Conan the Barbarian
All movies available on Netflix Germany. Documentaries and movies for children are included. May be incomplete.
- The Outsiders
- Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
- Short Term 12
- Sherlock, Jr.
- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Some might disagree if these are underrated or not. Even though majority of these films received critical acclaim, but the…