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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.
Well done, Matthew.... Once again.
The annoying-as-fuck camera work prevents this serviceable legal thriller from getting a higher rating.
Went in blind and really enjoyed this one. I would recommend it!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I wish I had seen this film back in 2011, so that I could herald the dawn of McConaughey's prime like so many of the critics did. Because this is the film that did it for him, and I'm thrilled to see it was a strong start for him.
The Lincoln Lawyer is a magnificent moral film, with enough mindgames, suspence and deceit to more than make up for its unremarkable court room scenes. John Romano's screenplay is full of depth and unfolds so beautifully that I couldn't fault a single turn. Brad Furman's direction is very skilled - the last twenty minutes of the film are flawless and so full of tension I was on the edge of my…
Not so good on the re watch, this is just a decent legal thriller that marks the shift in Matthew McConaughey's career from the romantic comedies to a very successful dramatic resurgence. No stranger to the legal thriller, he had previously starred in "A Time To Kill" adapted from the John Grisham novel. Here it's based on Michael Connelly novel which I recently read. Connelly is a fine writer but the story in both forms (their very close) is just not as engaging or thrilling as a Grisham plot line and as a result both book and movie are just kind of middling.
No problems with the cast here it's solid down the line. Marisa Tomei is not given much…
Standard courtroom thriller theatrics, lifted by some great (non-touristy) location lensing in LA, and an absolutely sensational cast - who deserved better dialogue. But still worthwhile.
The Lincoln Lawyer is a really cool crime thriller and Matthew McCounaghey is incredible.
Schönes Miami-Feeling irgendwie... erinnert ein klein bisschen an die Stimmung, die man bei der Computerspielereihe GTA bekommt.
Mir hats ziemlich viel Spaß gemacht und auch Ryan Phillippe (Sebastian aus "Eiskalte Engel") hat mir wieder sehr gefallen.
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