Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

Grade: A-

Mick Haller is one of the best defensive lawyers in California, and he likes to conduct a lot of his business from the back of his Lincoln town car. One day, a friend of his, points a high profile client his way. The client is Louis Roulet, a member of an extremely wealthy family involved in real estate. Roulet is accused of beating up a prostitute and attempting to kill her. He swears that he didn’t do it and is willing to cooperate in anyway in order to get off. However, the more Haller digs into the case and Roulet’s past, the more of the truth he fins out. Before he knows it, his life and the lives all his family and friends are in danger.

The Lincoln Lawyer is a surprisingly good movie. It is very well written and the acting was fantastic. The movie kept going at a really great pace. It has little bits of humor scattered throughout that really help the movie. The suspense in the movie is great and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s really great and keeps you wondering how it all is going to play out. The only complaint that I really had about this movie is the camera work. In many of the scenes they decided to have handheld camera work but it seemed like whoever was holding the camera has Parkinson’s. I mean, the camera was shaking so badly at times that I was getting dizzy, and I survived Cloverfield with no problems.

The movie stars Matthew McConaughey (Tropic Thunder, Reign of Fire) as Mick Haller. McConaughey was, surprisingly, really good in this movie. It’s too bad that it took him this long to evolve as an actor like this, but he was, dare I say, impressive. Also, this movie managed to achieve the impossible, Matthew McConaughey managed to keep his shirt on for (most of) the movie. Ryan Phillippe (MacGruber, Cruel Intentions) plays the role of Louis Roulet. Phillippe has been doing a great job the last couple years trying to revitalize his acting career and this performance may just finally do that for him. He was absolutely fantastic in this movie and truly terrifying at times. (Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler, Cyrus) plays Maggie McPherson, Mick’s ex-wife and mother of their child. She was really good in the movie as well. I really like Tomei and she keeps doing really great work. William H. Macy (Thank You for Smoking, Fargo) plays Frank Levin, an investigator who works with Haller. This guy is a crazy good actor and I enjoy him in every movie I see him in, and this movie is no exception. The movie also features performances by Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Bob Gunton, Frances Fisher, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Mason and many others.

The Lincoln Lawyer is a really great and well made (for the most part) movie. It is a lot of fun to watch and the suspense is great. I would like to state that I really appreciate movies like this. The Lincoln Lawyer could have easily been modified slightly and edited down to a PG-13 rating, but instead, the filmmakers decided to make the movie more realistic and they went with an R rating.

Great quote: “I checked the list of people I trust and your name ain’t on it.”

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