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Movie Review of The Lincoln Lawyer

By Lewis McCathie
Posted Mar 21, 2011 in Entertainment
The Lincoln Lawyer Movie Review 4/5 Stars
Having seen new legal drama The Lincoln Lawyer at the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised.
Based on the best-selling Michael Connelly novel, Matthew McConaughey puts in a career-best performance as charismatic lawyer Micky Haller. He chooses to deal with the ‘scum’ of Los Angeles by working out of the backseat of his chauffeured Lincoln Continental with a licensed plate that reads NTGUILTY; which is a situation he never finds any of his clients in. Subsequently this leads us to ask the question - has he forgotten his morals as he defends everyone from bikers to drug-dealers across the notorious city of L.A.?
Just off the back of representing a cocaine addict, Haller finds himself defending a Beverley Hills playboy Louis Roulet (well played by Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempting to murder a prostitute and this threatens possible jail time.
At first Roulet repetitively proclaims his innocence, even if there is crucial evidence against him. However as the case progresses, Haller’s personal life is placed in to jeopardy as tensions are created between Haller and ex-wife Maggie McPherson (Marisa Tomei).
As a result, an interesting game of client v attorney unravels as the movie goes from courtroom drama to legal thriller. As with many legal thrillers, all is not what it seems. Consequently I found this movie always demanding my attention as well as providing enough humour to thoroughly entertain the audience.
So with a hard-working cast (William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, Phillippe, McConaughey) a fascinating story and a good soundtrack to match, to call this movie NTBAD would be a definite understatement.

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