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"The Lincoln Lawyer" - a movie review

Maybe putting on a shirt is good for Matthew McConaughey. In The Lincoln Lawyer, he dons a suit and gives a solid performance as Michael “Mickey” Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney who spends his days flitting from scumbag to courthouse and courthouse to scumbag and back again. Such roaming all over the city — in the back seat of his Lincoln, which acts as his office — is all in a day’s work for Mickey, a grinning hustler who represents motorcycle gangs and prostitutes and doesn’t worry too much about the prosecutors and cops who think he’s a dirt bag for freeing the perps they’re trying to put away.

Lincoln Then a bail bondsman (John Leguizamo) hooks him up with a different sort of client, one who claims he’s innocent. Louis Roulet (Ryan Philippe) is not a career criminal. He’s spoiled and wealthy — and in jail on charges of assaulting a young woman he followed home from a bar. He says he didn’t touch her; she set him up in order to sue him. He refuses to accept a plea bargain and demands the right to take the stand to defend himself. Mickey is skeptical but wonders if the guy is that all-too-rare and dangerous creature his lawyer father had warned him about: the truly innocent client.

But cases are never that simple, especially in stories dreamed up by bestselling suspense writer Michael Connelly, and new revelations in the investigation paint the accused attacker and victim in quite a different light. Based on the first novel in his series about Haller, The Lincoln Lawyer is a movie fans of the book should enjoy as much as the uninitiated. Screenwriter John Romano takes a few liberties in the crossover, mostly pruning down the action to make it more manageable on screen, but he keeps the essence of Connelly’s thriller without going so far astray as screenwriter Brian Helgeland did in Clint Eastwood’s version of Connelly’s Blood Work.

Marisa Most fans of the novel would probably tell you McConaughey isn’t someone they had pictured in the lead role, but he works out just fine, his laid-back, breezy charisma exactly what Mickey requires to do his job. Marisa Tomei turns up as his prosecutor ex-wife Maggie. They fall into bed on occasion, but there’s no mystery about why they’re not together: They loved each other enough to have a kid and a life for awhile, but their opposite-ends-of-the-courtroom antagonism never quite vanishes at home.

There are a few loose ends plot-wise, but the film’s worst enemy appears to be its trailers, which give away far too much. Protect yourself from them, and you’ll find The Lincoln Lawyer a breath of fresh air in this musty spring movie season.


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Zuhaitza | Tiendas Muebles

He who does not enjoy any of the films as adaptations of the novels of John Grisham, you probably hate the innocent, because this film is full of idioms, script drafts, clichés and themes of all judicial subgenre tapes.

Marlin Sayle

Brad Furman at The Lincoln lawyer performed masterfully from the start of the film to the last, and his performance is worth noting. Obviously you have to bring out some of the topics that have worked best in this movie, but it is true that, in the case of films, being judicial is pretty well worn.

Tracy Pierre

@watch online movies, I do that too. But when I got to see the movie, I was shocked. I never knew it can be that terrific. But I have to admit, the book is better for me. Some parts of the book weren't mentioned in the movie, and most of them are very intriguing.

Mike Clark

What I like most about the film is the game of "What would I do?". It's actually quite interesting, especially if you're someone with a token amount of legal knowledge like Mick Haller. The protagonist's journey is worth watching.

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