The Lincoln Lawyer is based on the book by Michael Connelly and is about defense attorney Mick Haller who acts for the criminals and scum yet continually defends them in court and has a made a name for himself on the street as being the go-to guy to win a case. When he lands a case defending a rich kid who’s been accused of beating up a prostitute Mick finds himself in the middle of a series of twists and turns that link to an old case and leaves his family in danger.

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McConaughey and Phillippe in The Lincoln Lawyer

At first glimpse, Lincoln Lawyer looks like a court room drama but is far from it. Mick Haller (McConaughey) works his office and phone from the back of his Lincoln Town car while being driven around by his faithful employee, Earl (Laurence Mason), and backed up by his friend and investigator Frank Levin (William H Macey). Throw into that mix his ex-wife/partner Maggie MacPherson (Marisa Tomei) who is an attorney from the other side of the fence and Mick Haller has earned a reputation for being one of the best in court.

What begins as a court-room based story turns into a film about how Mick’s previous outlook on life has caused him to loose focus on what was in front of him all along. Along the way there’s a decent amount of typical Matthew McConaughey easy charm and calmness that he’s portrayed in other movies. There’s no big car chases, unnecessary fight or sex scenes but just a really good story that flows from one scene to the next with ease and keeping the audience interested and guessing where the case is leading.

Ryan Phillippe plays a rich kid being accused of the crime yet there’s something about his character that from the outset you’ll be left wondering what it is that you don’t like – a great performance.Lincoln Lawyer film review 2011 PlayEject

The fact that we find out whodunnit roughly halfway through and yet still will be kept intrigued by the twists and turns in the story and how Mick’s life is thrown into turmoil is a credit to the director and the story.

There are some downsides to the Lincoln Lawyer – towards the end we felt that there was a downhill section where the story was at climax and then ran out of steam. Perhaps that because there’d been so much happen up until that point? Also there’s a couple of scenes that see someone getting beaten up by a group of bikers in a residential street and nobody called the Police or saw anything – a small thing but as the rest of the film was so neat in its details, this was a fau par in our opinion.

Overall, we were pleasantly pleased with what we got from the Lincoln Lawyer – a great story that is well told and acted and kept us engrossed for its duration. Well worth a watch.

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