Run time: 118 min – Director: Brad Furman – Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe
From celebrated author Michael Connelly comes the big screen adaptation of his best selling novel The Lincoln Lawyer. Mathew McConaughey stars in this gripping legal thriller that mixes in little bit sarcastic wit with a whole lot of smooth talking country boy swagger. All of which comprise a role that McConaughey really shines in.
Mickey “Mick” Haller, played by McConaughey, is a California lawyer with the skills of a street hustler. Taking on cases with the help of his “associates” that include his ex-wife prosecutor Maggie McPherson, played by Marisa Tomei, a rumpled private eye Frank Levin, played by William H. Macy, his loyal driver Earl, played by Laurence Mason, and a gang of on-call bikers. But, when low-life bail bondsman Val, played by John Leguizamo, tips Mick off about a potentially huge payoff, he’s reeled in. He takes on the case of the pampered, Beverly Hills socialite Louis Roulet, played by Ryan Phillippe, who claims he has been framed for the brutal beating of a prostitute he met in a bar.
Initially, Louis is convincing in his plea of innocence however, in the course of finding out more about the clean-cut Roulet, Mick becomes less convinced as his actions reveal less of a frame for assault and battery and more of something even more sinister. Mick’s journey quickly becomes more humbling as he begins to feel compelled to rectify the verdict of his arrogant client while at the same time, redeem his wrongly accused former client Jesus Martinez, played by Michael Peña, who is waiting out a life sentence in San Quentin.
The audience is sure to find the twist and turns an entertaining journey that is truly engaging throughout. In addition, to Matthew’s performance that might have him up for a trophy next year co-star Ryan Phillippe really turned in a great one as well. His pretty boy charm and the devious look he gets in his eyes, circa Cruel Intentions, makes for the perfect mix of realistic creepy they were going for.
The Lincoln Lawyer is a truly compelling crime-drama that is definitely worth seeing. It is a well written story with first-rate acting, that offers plenty of pay off. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.