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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…
The worst case of "what the heck just happened to this script?" was a movie called the Transporter that starts out with a "transporter" them goes totally off the rails and leaves the (pretty interesting) concept of transporting way behind in exchange for trite, uninspired, pointless Acton movie nonsense.
This movie isn't that bad, but it's in the same genre.
It's called The Lincoln Lawyer, and it's true, there is a Lincoln on the screen, but this almost feels like it should be the sequel to a movie that was about how & why he's "the Lincoln lawyer". That's annoying.
The other thing that really bothered me is - now I'm not a lawyer, but I'm sure that there is some…
A very surprising performance from McConaughey. Apparently the movie that gave him his new spurt of more serious roles. I would say he was overlooked in Texas Chainsaw Next Gen.
A relatively smart, flash and classy thriller; it is the kind of film that you do not see much of anymore, but it can be filed alongside a film like Rampart in terms of enjoyability. A little bit of third act madness may let the side down slightly, but forgiving that, The Lincoln Lawyer is most enjoyable. Matthew McConaughey is excellent as Mickey Haller, it would be a shame if he did not have another crack at the character.
People say this is the film that kick started Mathew McConaughey's career into more successful and acclaimed films, and I have to say it's a brilliant film I really enjoyed. One thing about it is it last a good amount of time, there was one point when I was watching it I thought It was about to finish but it kept going on and I was glad, because you get films that are too long and too short this had a great balance. It was cool to see a cameo from Bryan Cranston, nice to see him working for the law as apposed to breaking it. Ok the film is called Lincoln lawery because Matthew McConaughey's car is a Lincoln,…
Lawyer Mick Haller works alone and he does that from his luxury Lincoln with driver. He defends the biggest scumbags who are guilty, almost every time. When Mick gets the case of the wealthy realtor Louise Roulet, it’s anything but a walk in the park.
“The Lincoln Lawyer” is the adaptation of the book written by Michael Connelly. I have never been a fan of Matthew McConaughey, but I’m starting to like him a little bit more every day. He was perfectly cast as the slick and macho lawyer, who gets away with almost everything due to his charms.
If you think it’s an average court drama, think again. “The Lincoln Lawyer” has much more in store and has some…
I’ve fallen prey to McConaughey’s charm completely at this point. The Lincoln Lawyer doesn’t break any molds. It contains the twists you would expect in such a drama and they aren’t even particularly compelling, but it still manages to grab hold of you for two hours thanks to McConaughey’s solid performance backed up by the always great Bill Macy. I wish the antagonist would’ve done more to break out of the stereotype, but he worked well enough to get me invested.
I'm a Michael Connelly fan, but I'm not so hot on Matthew McConaughey, so I approached this movie with a mixture of excitement and dread. Turns out I was stupid for worrying, because this is a pretty good adaptation. No, actually, it's a pretty *awesome* adaptation.
Good script, excellent camera work (I loved the crime flashbacks), and very nice acting; Ryan Philippe was amazingly creepy, William H. Macy was as loveable as ever, Marisa Tomei played Maggie a bit more ditzy than I would have liked (but that's okay), and McConaughey was surprisingly good, even if he kept slipping into a Southern drawl and confusing me as to Haller's origins.
I'm impatiently waiting for The Brass Verdict. Because there's going to be a sequel, right? Right?
Slick and solid "thriller." McConaughey is good.
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- A Few Good Men
- 12 Angry Men
- The Verdict
- Judgment at Nuremberg
- 3 Women
- 12 Angry Men
- 12 Years a Slave
- The 39 Steps
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- X-Men: First Class