The Lincoln Lawyer is about a lawyer named Mickey Haller who is played by Matthew McConaughey. Haller is a defense attorney in Los Angeles who is based right out of the back of his vehicle (hence the name). He has defended his share of criminals and his share of innocent individuals and he clearly shows that he is good as his craft. One of his friends gives him the heads up of a case that would be a smart pick up. He also informed Haller that it would be a golden case to take, it could lead to many different options in his career. Both of whom think that it is a straight forward case, nothing special. The case leads to him defending Louis Roulet, played by Ryan Phillippe, who is a very wealthy, young individual. Louis is being charged with rape and attempted murder against someone who he had met in a bar. However this case that is suppose to be easy and straight forward is anything but. Certain information soon comes to light as Haller and his team start digging into Roulet’s life. The more information that is added to the puzzle the more deadly the puzzle becomes. So in a sense, the more knowledge Haller knows, the more dangerous it becomes for him and his family.
As stated above, you have Matthew McConaughey playing Mickey and Ryan Philleppe playing Louis. I felt like these two did an excellent job throughout the movie. I felt like it was very genuine and had plenty of depth. I will admit I haven’t seen McConaughey in anything since Tropic Thunder and How to Lose a Guy in 10 days but I felt like he did a fantastic job in this very serious role. If this movie shows anything it is that McConaughey can still act, despite what one might think after all of the recent romantic-comedies he has done. As for Ryan Philleppe, the last thing I saw him in was MacGruber. It was interesting to see him play the character where he was the rich boy who pretty much got everything that he wanted. The Lincoln Lawyer also brings you the likes of Marisa Tomei as Maggie, Mickey’s ex wife, William H. Macy as Frank, Mickey’s informant, and Michael Peña as Jesus Martinez, Mickey’s former client. All in all, I would have to say that this movie has a very solid cast at it’s helm.
Personally, I think that there are quite a few things that actually worked with this film. Not only did the acting work, but the fact that it’s one big puzzle made it work for me also. It has you trying to piece everything together while it is still happening and unfolding. I didn’t quite know what to expect as the movie went on. Was it going to go one way or the other? Another thing that I liked about this movie was that it didn’t feel long or boring. Does this movie have replay value? That’s still up for debate. I think that if I were to see it once more some things would become more clearer than they are now. However, as it stands, I feel like this wouldn’t necessarily have a lot of replay value. I feel like once you have figured out all the little details of the puzzle, there won’t really be a need to watch it again.
When it comes to the things that I didn’t like about this movie, there weren’t very many. The main concern that I had with The Lincoln Lawyer was that is was pretty unoriginal. I mean, the storyline doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to these types of movies. You have a lawyer who gets the case of their career, and he faces difficulties that include danger to his loved ones and even himself. Another thing that felt really weird about this movie was that even though Haller was a lawyer, he seemed to be doing all the police work. He might as well have been the judge, jury and the executioner.
Well I enjoyed myself throughout the entire movie. I felt like it has a good concept on the storyline, even though it is not an original one. The plot had some twists and turns that weren’t necessarily expected, which was a nice turn of events. The acting was terrific, it was really nice to see McConaughey back into movies that are not cheesy romantic comedies. The supporting cast was just as impressive as McConaughey. This is definitely a movie that everyone should check out if given the chance.
Video: We are given a pretty good transfer for The Lincoln Lawyer. It’s given an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.35:1. The environment of Los Angeles worked out perfect for this film. The natural elements were captured perfectly and actually ended up helping in the long run. It seemed to have crisp details when the camera was up close and it also seemed to do have a perfect depth of field throughout. Even with the color leaning towards the blue spectrum, it didn’t really bother me all that much. I felt like it was a very good video on Blu-ray.
Audio: The Lincoln Lawyer is surprisingly given a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix which might come off as an overkill because of the type of movie this is. The dialogue was crisp and clear through the surround. All in all, I was just slightly shocked that we were given a lossless mix for this film considering it’s mostly a dialogue movie, except a little bit towards the end of the film.
With this Blu-ray showing to have a pretty good transfer for video and an awesome lossless mix for audio I fell like we kind of got the shaft for extra features. We are given four different features, somewhere in the 30 minutes range.
- Making the Case: Creating The Lincoln Lawyer (1080p) – This featurette gives us some incite from author Michael Connelly as well several of the cast members on how this movie was adapted from a novel to film.
- Michael Connelly: At Home on the Road (1080p) – You follow Connelly as your tour guide through Los Angeles.
- One on One with McConaughey and Connelly (1080p) – We have the author of the novel, Connelly, sitting down with the main star, McConaughey, as they discuss his portrayal of the novel’s main character.
- Deleted Scenes (1080p) – There are four different deleted scenes that give us some brief sections of McConaughey and Tomei.
Overall I would have to say that The Lincoln Lawyer was an excellent crime drama. We get a superb job from McConaughey, which is exactly what he needed to show to everyone. He needed to show that he is still a great actor, regardless of his movie choices as of late. Even though the plot was unoriginal, and quite predictable at times, but it had a couple of twists that kept you entertained. I would gladly recommend this as a movie to check out.
Special Features: 3.5/10
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