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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.…
Done just before the world went bat poo crazy for Mr McConaughey. Another example why he is an actor in demand. He controls the script and the screen beautifully crafting a well written character and breathing life into him in a way that makes you want them to make more.
The story has many twists and turns and Macy and Phillipe both give performances worthy of note if it wasn't for the machine that is McConaughey. A plot that focuses on power and control this is clever and witty and you never are quite sure who has the upper hand.
I want to see more of this character and there are many books to choose from. Interesting that Amazon have made Bosch who lives in the same world as the Lincoln lawyer...will we see a return for McConaughey in this role...I really hope so.
The Lincoln Lawyer is a thrilling courtroom drama that serves to give the viewer a mystery and a smartly written and acted film. I felt it was a very good film and I can't see why people wouldn't at least find it OK as it's story is yes nothing new, but it is done well and very well of that. The film is definitely worth a watch and if you enjoy this genre of film then just see it as I think it will please those who are even used to the format of the film. Here below is why I believe this film is strongly Very Good.
The story as I say maybe not the newest of things but…
Clásico triller sobre abogados al american style, con sorpresas y retorciendo el guión.
Todo bien, simplemente no aporta nada nuevo.
A defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.
Highly twisted courtroom drama and mystery, professionally staged with a good cast.
I think this is a fine movie for Hollywood standards. Not really remarkable in my humble opinion, but definitely not a waste of time, and I've developed a soft spot for McConaughey, especially since his brilliant performance in True Detective.
A no surprises courtroom adaptation with Matthew McConaughey a good, engaging fit as the lead and Ryan Philippe a surprise success as the bad guy. There's nothing groundbreaking in the film but it's solid entertainment and Brad Furman brings the material out nicely.
By far the best movie version of a Michael Connelly novel, a superb court room thriller ...
Es una trama de abogados sólida pero un tanto típica, llevada a cabo de manera bastante competente. Matthew McConaughey está perfecto y sin duda es la mejor película hasta el momento de Brad Furman, que no pudo repetir el éxito con "Runner, runner".
Veo reseñas que le dan calificación más alta pero, aunque es mejor que muchas a las que le he dado la misma calificación, realmente no encontré aquí nada extraordinario, atípico o inspirador. Espero que Furman logre resultados así de buenos o mejores en el futuro.
BOX OFFICE. 💰💰💰 💲85.5 million
Great legal thriller with an excellent cast and plenty of twists. The major premise probably does not make all that sense but makes for an enthralling and entertaining case. Even if the final revelation falls a bit short, McConaughey makes it worth your time.
A courtroom drama that I wholeheartedly enjoyed. There was quite a bit of 'star-power,' for lack of a better term (or at least in my eyes; I liked seeing actors and actresses from other roles, great and small) in the side-characters like William H. Macy playing Haller's (Matthew McConaughey) investigatory, Bryan Cranston and Michaela Conlin as detectives, Michael Peña as Martinez, Haller's other client, and John Leguizamo as Valenzuela, Haller's inside connection. Just recognizing them from other media makes me happy.
Back on topic, though, I liked that the minor characters each played a part even if it wasn't obvious at first. There is meaning to the little cases in the beginning, though it gets a bit rushed during the the final few court scenes. It isn't quite as obvious as what was going on until it got explained. This is entertainment at its finest.
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