Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

Rating: 3!

The Lincoln Lawyer is for L. This one stars Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, and Marisa Tomei.

This is the third movie based off of a book this month, this one being from Michael Connelly's 2005 novel and the first to introduce the character of Mickey Haller. Haller (McConaughey) is a criminal defense lawyer for Los Angeles County and gets his nickname due to his need to work out of his Lincoln Town Car.

The plot behind this movie follows Haller defending Louis Roulet (Phillippe) who has been accused of the viscous beating of the prostitute Reggie Campo. While Haller is used to his clients being guilty and attempting to get them the lowest sentence, Roulet is adamant that he is innocent. The story continues with Haller and his friend and private investigator, Frank Levin (Macy) attempting to navigate the twisted waters of this case while one of Haller's past cases resurfaces.

This is one of the most phenomenal thrillers I have seen in a long time. McConaughey proves again that he can do serious roles (and I wish that he would do more). I haven't seen Phillippe in anything else but I was thoroughly enjoyed his acting. He sold his character so well and I hope to see him again. The interactions between the two actors were fantastic.

I just watched it for the second time and it did not quite have the same effect as the first viewing which I believe makes this an even more impressive thriller. I did get to see some things that I hadn't noticed before which was a plus. This movie is the perfect thriller, using up all of its purpose in the first run and leaving nothing out of making you so obsessed in watching the plot unfold.

Basically, if you want to see a good movie, The Lincoln Lawyer is a perfect choice.

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