Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lincoln Lawyer Review

It's good to finally see Matthew McConaughey where he belongs - drama. I was getting tired of his dismal rom-com, beach-bum roles. Reminiscence of his 1996 movie, A Time to Kill, McConaughey enters the court room once again to play a cocky, slick, smooth-talking L.A. criminal defense attorney. Directed by Brad Furman and adapted from Michael Connelly’s novel, The Lincoln Lawyer offers up an exciting courtroom thriller that ticks along at a pleasing pace.

Mick Haller (McConaughey) drives around L.A in the back of his chauffeured old-school Town Car, unafraid to bend the rules a bit. He employs a network of unorthodox informants and investigators to keep him on top of his game and isn't too picky about clients. The movie takes flight when Haller lands a high paying job defending a snotty, entitled playboy named Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe, who in my opinion, is better at playing these types of roles than anyone in the business) who is accused of brutally assaulting a prostitute. Of course Haller is dazzled by the dollar signs and is convinced Roulet is innocent, and even though his lead investigator (William H. Macy) and prosecutor ex-wife (Marisa Tomei), have their doubts, Holler proceeds with the case anyway. From there an intriguing game of attorney-versus-client plays out and at times it's good.

It was nice to see McConaughey bring his A-game this time around. And even though the story was pretty basic, Lincoln Lawyer definitely delivers on twists and turns that keep you at the edge of your seat with baited breath. The only complaint I had was the unsatisfying ending, which I'm afraid did disappoint. It didn't have that "wow, that was awesome" factor that I was so intent on receiving in the end. Instead, the all too predictable conclusion dragged to a semi weak halt. I would have liked them to reel us in for one last twist, ending with a bang! - "wow, that was awesome." And this thriller was definitely deserving of just that. Instead they settled for a sufficient, mediocre ending. However, being that this is based off a novel, I guess they did the best they could with the material given.
RATING: B-


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