#55 / 365 – ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ – 118 mins
Cinema Challenge #24 / 115
L.A. criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) signs on to defend slick, suave playboy real estate agent Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe). Roulet has been charged with assault, and his overbearing mother will do anything to clear the son’s name. Cost is no issue – Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. Digging into the case, Mickey and Investigator Raul Levin (William H. Macy) reveal a blacker picture of Roulet’s personality and evidence of a sinister past. Another sudden death and new links to a notorious double-homicide, make Mickey question if he’s finally in over his head. His pursuit becomes a question of morality and even a question of his own mortality.
After a run of mediocre to poor roles in mediocre to poor romantic comedies, it’s nice to see Matthew McConaughey land a role where he has to try and he redeems himself here playing the ruthless lawyer who operates his business from the back seat of his Lincoln car, hence the title. Cash is the only language he understands, but in time he’s our anti-hero who cares just a little more about justice than winning as he stands by moral codes.
So in this nutshell of a review – With its mix of courtroom drama and conspiracy thriller it all adds up to make The Lincoln Lawyer a throughly entertaining watch, whilst all the time reminding us of those great movies of John Grisham novels of the nineties.