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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.…
Matthew MCCcCCcCCoudjndnnaythey, has really stepped up the last few years, and has managed to stop the rom-com typecast and stood his ground a as a serious actor. The supporting cast are great here also, especially the always underrated William H. Macy.
This latest American crime drama is adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly and the choice of Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe and Marisa Tomei was very wise! Director Brad Furman used the well written screenplay by John Romano to the max and came up with exciting finished film where the character of Mickey Haller was nailed by Matthew McConaughey.
The story evolves around moderately successful criminal defence attorney Mickey Haller who operates around Los Angeles County out of a Lincoln Town Car driven by a former client working off his legal fees. The story develops when he lands an important case: Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy and son of real estate mogul Mary…
I love a good legal thriller, and this a great one. McConaughey is fantastic. Not nearly enough Bryan Cranston, though.
After a shitty day at work, I came home to a wee Amazon Delivery through my door.....The Lincoln Lawyer. Chips & pizza in the oven.....press play on the Blu Ray Player and settled down for a good solid 2 hours of a fairly enjoyable movie.
Matthew McConaughey gives an above average performance, McConaughey is very under-rated in my opinion. Any film I’ve seen him in, he’s given a very believable & a strong delivery.
Really enjoyed this film with a good mixture of supporting elements in the form of John Leguizamo & William H Macy. Ryan Phillippe a bit stale, but no surprise considering his acting ability.
When the The Simpsons Movie was released in the summer of 2007 it was widely criticized as being just a longer episode of the show, not deserving of a theatrical release. To counter this sentiment, the writers included a line in the movie where Homer made this exact same complaint before mocking the audience for paying to see The Simpsons Movie.
While The Lincoln Lawyer isn’t based on a television show, it opens itself up to the same criticism. The movie feels like a full season of a TV series crammed into a 2-hour film, in all the good and bad ways. However, unlike The Simpsons Movie it is completely unaware of this criticism.
Matthew McConaughey stars as Mick Haller,…
Another Grisham Court drama, this one has a pretty weak story but some great acting, cast, etc. Not sure if the McConaissance began here but he owns this film, indeed. Books probably better, once again...
Looking back on it, it's kind of interesting to realize this really was the beginning of Matthew McConaughey's resurgence, which ultimately culminated in him bringing home the Best Actor award for Dallas Buyers Club at the 86th Academy Awards.
This legal thriller rescued McConaughey from his exile to the land of romantic comedies (admittedly, some of them were actually pretty good) and reminded us of the guy who co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey in the John Grisham legal thriller A Time to Kill.
And it wasn't just McConaughey, the rest of the movie around him was pretty great, too. It hit all the right beats and had quite a few interesting twists and turns. Honestly, this one was pretty underrated.
A good suspense movie. I don't want to give away anything about it... just watch it.
The first step of the mighty resurgence. The Lincoln Lawyer is certainly good enough. Compelling, competently shot with some strong dialogue, especially the closing zinger. Like an episode of Law and Order but with a streak of Hollywood class. I generally find courtroom dramas dull as mud but Matthew Mcconaughey keeps the proceedings fun.
I'm also really good with faces but didn't pick Earl the driver as Tin Tin!
"Murderer, man? Murderer? Let me tell you about murder. It's fun, it's easy, and you gonna learn all about it...I'd like you to meet two buddies of mine. We never miss"
I guess a twenty year gap was just too much for me. Nice!
- 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
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- 12 Angry Men
- 12 Years a Slave
- The 39 Steps