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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 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.
McConaughey plays smooth and slick as a lawyer with an old Lincoln as his office. Though it sometimes feels slightly gimmicky, this is a solid and entertaining film that keeps you guessing until the end.
Matthew McConaughey took his first steps towards a career renaissance (or "McConaissance") with 2011's The Lincoln Lawyer. Whilst there's no denying that his performance as criminal defense lawyer Mick Haller is highly entertaining, McConaughey can't bring distinction to this torpid affair. This is a film that is like so many of the other thrillers that populate contemporary cinema, a hollow tale in need of a star name to drag it on to the picture house billboard. If you haven't worked out how the film will conclude after half an hour of watching, you really ought to abandon any hopes of a career in the courtroom.
Solid and workmanlike.
It's alright, alright, alright! (sorry)
Despite a few odd excellent previous performances, the real "McConaissance" started here. A solid, twisting thriller.
The first reminder to the world that Matthew McConaughey was actually a talented actor once. Before his official relaunch as a serious actor again, The Lincoln Laywer showcased talents not seen since the days of "A Time To Kill", and while this film may not provide as much resonating or impactful drama, its a great legal thriller that twists with suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final credits role.
It's a solid crime movie, kept just the right side of dull by a pretty (and pretty talented) cast - look at that line-up! Even McConaughey wasn't as annoying as usual, playing sleazy rather than preening, and keeping his shirt on. Nothing really exciting about it, just an undemanding little thriller.
A brilliant but amoral lawyer finds himself in a difficult position when he has to defend a man that may be a serial killer.
The story is one we've seen done a lot, specially in tv. An apparently morally bankrupt lawyer has to deal with his job, personal life and whatever moral code he has.
The Lincoln Lawyer doesn't do anything new with this type of story and to be honest the direction is trite.
The strength here comes from the acting, it has a good cast and most of them do a good job, even if their characters are nothing to write home about. In reality, what makes this movie is matthew mcconaughey's performance.
A somewhat visually boring but decent legal thriller.
- 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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