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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.
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.
Despite a few odd excellent previous performances, the real "McConaissance" started here. A solid, twisting thriller.
This film demands some explanation. It was assigned for a class, and it took every ounce of my will power not to turn it off. Granted. some of its presentations of the Rules of Evidence and Rules of Professional Responsibility were surprisingly accurate, but even this fidelity to legal rules cannot redeem this film. To describe all the things I hate about this film would be too exhausting, so suffice it so say that I'm glad this viewing experience is but a distant memory.
I wish all Connelly novels that have been made into movies were as good as this one. Just a great courtroom drama/popcorn movie. Entertaining as hell.
sync - gut
2nd time around, what a great, efficient legal thriller.
You know, this is actually pretty good.
Strong procedural, with a good script and characters. Even though it dips halfway through the second act, when the bad guy is revealed (not too difficult too guess), it comes back up in the third act. Not that it matters much, the best part of the film is that I would spend as long as I could with McConaughey and his character
This is a well done film. Great acting. The writers didn't make the catching of the antagonist predictable. Excellent movie with drama, suspense, creativity and a tad of humor
I think they had a list of all the possible movie clichés, decided to go for it & include them all. Twice.
Great film with an extremely strong performance from Matthew McConaughey. A real breakout performance and the start of a great run. Sure, the direction could be better but the cast and their performances are extremely strong, and the story is captivating for the majority.
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