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The Lincoln Lawyer

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The Lincoln Lawyer

 

Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller. Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly.

Director: Brad Furman

Writers: John Romano (screenplay), Michael Connelly (novel)

Staring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Josh Lucas and Ryan Phillippe

 

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One Review for “The Lincoln Lawyer”

  1. Last week I had the pleasure of seeing the “The Lincoln Lawyer” which stars Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe. I went into the theater with the thought that this would be a waste of two hours, but was pleasantly surprised when I thoroughly enjoyed this film.
    The films centers on a criminal lawyer who conducts his business while seated in his chauffer driven Lincoln Continental. The lawyer, Mick Haller (McConaughey) is hired by Louis Roulet (Phillippe) to defend him in a charge of rape and assault against a call girl. Haller initially believes in the innocence of his client and begins a vigorous defense on his part. However, facts eventually lead Haller to doubt Roulet’s innocence. As a result, Haller is faced with a number of ethical dilemmas regarding a client’s vigorous defense even though he may or may not be innocent. This ethical dilemma is seen not only in the defense of Roulet but in the personal guilt that Haller feels regarding a prior client who may in fact have been innocent even though Haller recommended that such client take a plea bargain.
    Maris Tomei portrays Haller’s ex-wife, Maggie McPherson. Here, she is given another role in which her acting ability excels. As usual, she commands the screen and the conflict between her character and that of Haller is clear from the outset. Maggie is a D.A. and does not believe in the defense of criminals. She feels that Haller goes out of his way to defend the guilty. It is from this conflict that their prior marital strife clearly emanates as the two are obviously still in love and share the love of their one child.
    William H. Macy in a supporting role is also excellent as usual. Here he portrays a sleazy private investigator that works on the Roulet matter with Haller. However, in one of the better plot twists, Macy’s character discovers some information about Roulet that leads to the eventual determinant of Roulet’s guilt.
    Ryan Phillippe appears almost unrecognizable as he becomes Roulet. Other than the fact that he is portraying a spoiled, entitled rich kid in the same mode as his role in “Cruel Intentions,” you have not seen him this vile or potentially evil.
    The twists and turns abound in this well-crafted thriller. The plot points are all well-paced and the viewer is not given too much time to breathe. The Los Angeles locales are well photographed and you actually feel that the city is part of the story itself.
    In the end, all of the sub plots are cleared up and are used to drive the main plot of the story forward. Every little piece of information, however insignificant is used to eventually determine the guilt or innocence of Roulet.
    As the film portrays a sleazy side of Los Angeles, it definitely does not show Conservative ethics in any way. In fact, there are times that you will questions whether Haller is doing the right thing in both his defense and in the methods he uses to defend both Roulet and some of the supporting characters in the film. Based upon my experience as a lawyer, I found many of the tactics used by Haller to violate ethical regulations and mores. But, if you can accept this as just a story and not get bogged down in these types of issues, you will enjoy it.
    I give it four stars out of five

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