THE LINCOLN LAWYER 3.5 ***
Clark Brewer April 07 2011
from lionsgate pictures
I know what you're thinking and I can agree with you that the name, Matthew McConaughey, does not instill great confidence that you're going to get a quality movie experience. Now that is not to say that McConaughey hasn't done some good movies. There are “We Are Marshall” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. But there are many more losers than winners. “Lincoln Lawyer” is fortunately one of his better ones if not his best, and shows that McConaughey can carry a movie without having to take his shirt off in every scene.
“Lincoln Lawyer” is a thrilling drama about a cocky and smooth defense attorney Mick Haller, played by McConaughey, who represents a high-profile client on charges of attempted murder for having brutally beaten a prostitute. But as new evidence continues to pile on, Mick starts to grow suspicious that perhaps his client isn't telling him everything. With twists and turns at every corner, “Lincoln Lawyer” keeps you guessing till the very end. McConaughey shows how slick his character can be in glib talking his way through his myriad of contacts and networks built up over the course of his characters career, from ex-clients to current ones, from beat cops to opposing lawyers. So you come to like the character and actually cheer Haller on as an unorthodox lawyer who gets the job done, guided by a moral compass not to put an innocent man behind bars. He operates out of the backseat of a chauffeur driven Lincoln sedan, which is where the title got its name.
With the help of that distinct country voice and southern charm, McConaughey takes the movie to another level with this portrayal of the fast-talking lawyer. With this role McConaughey is actually given a chance to show off a range of emotions that will truly surprise viewers. Mcconaughey doesn't carry this alone, “Lincoln Lawyer” gets some great acting from a strong supporting cast that includes the likes of William H. Macy, Ryan Phillippe and the always amazing Marisa Tomei. Oh, McConaughey still manages to have one scene where he take his top off. I think it must be written into his contract.
Saying almost anything more about the movie will give too much away. I will admit that after having seen "sooo" many movies over the years. it's very hard for me to be surprised at a movies ending. The twist at the end of this one really threw me and I love it when that happens. This is an excellent movie..and my wife, Sara enjoyed it too.
It’s rated “R” for some violence and a quick sex scene with Marisa Tomei when MM takes his shirt off.
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