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The Lincoln Lawyer
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07.12.2011 By: Mathew Plale
The Lincoln Lawyer order
Director:
Brad Furman

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey
Ryan Phillipe
William H. Macy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A defense lawyer (McConaughey) takes on a wealthy client (Phillipe) and winds up in a world of lies and violence.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It’s been a while since Matthew McConaughey has let fans take him seriously. So it was just about time that he pick up a briefcase and put on a tie.

In Brad Furman’s The Lincoln Lawyer, McConaughey is Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney who works primarily out of his Lincoln Town Car. His new case brings Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a handsome, well-off playboy accused of beating up on a prostitute. His side, of course, is that he’s been set up. There’s something more to it. There has to be, otherwise the movie wouldn’t run two hours.

After reviewing some pictures with his private investigator (William H. Macy), Haller finds the case looks awfully familiar to one he worked on years before. Is Roulet involved? He must be, considering how sticky and dangerous things get.

I don’t particularly like courtroom dramas or legal thrillers, which The Lincoln Lawyer is a balanced combination of. I find cross-examinations, suspect chasing and evidence shuffling to be, for the most part, enormously dull stalls for the inevitable climax where the bad guy gets it and the man/woman on the poster walks away changed but better. So take the following with a grain:

The Lincoln Lawyer (based on the first novel in Michael Connelly’s Haller series) might be the Law & Order crowd’s favorite movie of the year. How could it not be? Like one of Law & Order’s more requested TNT reruns, The Lincoln Lawyer is formulaic and tedious, perfectly designed to appease the middle-aged nothing-to-dos who get a smirk from a brief glimpse of served justice.
THE EXTRAS
Making the Case: Creating The Lincoln Lawyer (13:40): This standard making-of featurette uses interviews (including McConaughey, producer Tom Rosenberg and author Michael Connelly), behind-the-scenes footage and clips to give viewers an idea of how the movie came to be.

Michael Connelly: At Home on the Road (10:16): Author Connelly gives viewers a tour of Los Angeles while discussing his work, what got him into writing and more.

One on One with McConaughey and Connelly (5:28): Here, Connelly and McConaughey interview each other, with the star reflecting on playing Mickey Haller and the writer discussing seeing his characters come to life.

Deleted Scenes (4:07): There are four quick scenes here, which can be viewed separately or together. They are: “Check It Out,” “Good Night,” “The Car is Fun,” and “Officer Maxwell.”

Also included with this 2-disc set is a DVD and Digital Copy.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
For legal thriller/courtroom drama fans, The Lincoln Lawyer will make for a good rental or potential buy. The special features are basic, with a making-of featurette and deleted scenes included, but the video/audio transfers are both strong, with an impressive--if somewhat unnecessary--7.1 DTS-HD track being the highlight.
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2:32PM on 07/12/2011
As a critic, I find it wrong that you just dismiss an entire subgenre because it doesn't suit your tastes. You are overlooking the good qualities about the movie simply because you don't like the kind of movie it is- that's unfair.
As a critic, I find it wrong that you just dismiss an entire subgenre because it doesn't suit your tastes. You are overlooking the good qualities about the movie simply because you don't like the kind of movie it is- that's unfair.
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11:26AM on 07/12/2011
This film deserves at least 4 stars.
This film deserves at least 4 stars.
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