The Lincoln Lawyer was utterly refreshing to me. No flashy CGI or graphics, just good ol’ stylish cinematography, great dialogue and effortless acting.
Based on the novel by Michael Connelly, Matthew McConaughey plays Mickey Haller, a moderately successful defence attorney, who operates around Los Angeles County out of a Lincoln Town car.
Mostly defending the usual line-up of drug possessions and the like, Haller lands a case, defending a spoilt Beverly Hills playboy, Louis Roulet (ever young, Ryan Phillippe), who is accused of the brutal beating of a local prostitute.
Roulet, who also happens to be the son of real estate mogul Mary Windsor (Frances Fisher), claims it was a set-up to get at his millions but Haller delves deeper to reveal a web of lies that resembles a past case, where his client Jesus Martinez was convicted for the murder of a prostitute, while maintaining his innocence.
As he gets closer to the truth, as in all courtroom dramas, the people closest to him are put in danger and that his possibly guilty client is out to ruin him at the same time.
Whilst the movie doesn’t have any new twists, it manages to still grip you with its charismatic main character and his unconventional work methods and relationships including prosecutor ex-wife Maggie McPherson (Marisa Tomei, who gives another sterling effort here) and partnership with Frank Levin, Haller’s private investigator, played by William H. Macy; all paired together with some great dialogue and pacing.
You can’t forget the namesake of the show either as it operates as a device for the main character. Usually driven around by one of his former clients to work off his legal feels, Haller’s life is on auto-pilot; fine to let others take control of his routine but when put between a rock and a hard place, he takes the front seat and is no longer the passenger.
With Brad Furman’s visual highlights, great supporting cast and engrossing storyline, The Lincoln Lawyer is a definite must-watch.
The Lincoln Lawyer is an adaptation of Michael Connelly’s 16th novel, published in 2005. It’s the first featuring Los Angeles attorney, Mickey Haller, half-brother of Connelly’s main character, detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch.