Synopsis: A defense attorney finds himself in a moral dilemma when he discovers his client may not be so innocent.
I have a confession to make: I really love courtroom dramas. They’re so exciting. The fights in court, the legal process, watching the whole case unfold on screen. It never gets boring. “The Lincoln Lawyer” is no exception. It’s a fun, thrilling ride that will twist your brain, draw you in, and won’t let go until after the end credits roll.
Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is known as The Lincoln Lawyer, because he mainly works out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. He’s smooth, slick and super charismatic. He defends dirtbag clients. And he is very, very expensive. He gets the case of a lifetime when bondsman Val (John Leguizamo) tells him about a client named Louis Roulet (Ryan Philippe) who is accused of rape and attempted murder. Roulet and his mother (Frances Fisher) have boatloads of cash to spend, so they hire Mick to represent him. As new evidence rolls in and new discoveries are made and old clients return, he realizes that Roulet isn’t the man he incessantly claims to be. We see that beneath all that sleaziness, Mick still very much has a conscience. And he desperately wants to lose this case. He turns to friend/investigator Frank Levin (William H. Macy) and ex-wife/prosecutor Maggie McPherson (Marisa Tomei) for advice. He is a man full of contradictions and wants justice to be done. But what is he going to do?
All the performances in “The Lincoln Lawyer” seem to range from good to amazing. But this is McConaughey’s show. He is so convincing as the sleazebag lawyer with a conscience that it doesn’t feel like he’s playing a character. It feels like he really is this man. It was such a treat watching him on screen. I hope there really is a sequel in the near future. Marisa Tomei’s performance was incredible. She was tough, but also sensitive and friendly. I liked her on-screen relationship with McConaughey. Will their characters get back together? Maybe, maybe not. Frances Fisher was creepy but good as the mother of the client. I wish I could’ve seen a little more of John Leguizamo and William H. Macy because they were great. I expected a bit more from Ryan Philippe though. He was scary, but could’ve been scarier.
The movie itself is one of the best mysteries I’ve seen. You never really knew what would happen. Director Brad Forman did an excellent job. I liked the darkened tones, especially in the flashback scenes. It was so much fun to watch, and I want there to be a sequel. I highly recommend “The Lincoln Lawyer”. Rent it today.