Mar 22, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer Review

This thriller, based on the novel by Michael Connelly was absolutely mind blowing for almost two hours. As a fan of Connelly, the first thing I have to say is Brad Furman did a great job of not missing any of the important facts from the book.

Mickey Haller, played by Matthew McConaughey, is a lawyer who conducts business out of his Lincoln Town Car. His driver, a former client, gets Haller whatever he needs and gets him where he needs to go.

Ryan Phillippe played Louis Roulet, a man arrested for allegedly beating a prostitute, seeks counsel from Haller to get him off. I don’t think any other actor could have fit the role better than Phillippe, but back to the review, as the movie continues, a series of events lead Haller to question his client and whether he may be an innocent man, because, “There’s no client as scary as an innocent man.”

Haller’s ex-wife, Maggie McFierce (Marisa Tomei) was originally assigned to the Roulet case before Haller became the lawyer. The two showed great on-screen chemistry and had great interactions together.
Roulet’s mother Mary Windsor (Frances Fisher) did great in what little spots she had. Her facial expressions when Haller basically kicked her out of the office were priceless.

I’ve never been too good at picking Oscar movies, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see McConaughey receive recognition next year, or even Phillippe in a supporting role.

Overall, I’d give this movie 5 out of 5, and would suggest everyone who liked the movie and enjoys action books, to pick up a copy of this thriller. It is definitely worth the price of admission.

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