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- Apr 4, 2017
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The Lincoln Lawyer
Matthew McConaughey has always been a decent actor, but he was mainly considered a fluff actor for most of his career. Sure he had some films like Amistad or A Time to Kill, but there were many more Failure to Launch or Ghost of Girlfriend's Past than the former. That is until about 2005 or 2006 when he seemed to want to get real serious. The Lincoln Lawyer was the first time I actually stood up and took notice of his acting skills and figured “this guy could go places”. Since then he’s been nailing his roles (even if the movies aren’t sure fire hits) and impressing me more and more. Much like Ben Affleck, he’s really matured as an actor and it all seemed to start right at this film.
Lawyers are kind of a controversial subject. If we’re ever accused of something wrong, you can bet your rear end that we’re thankful that we’ve got one on call, but they tend to get a reputation for being smarmy and sleazy. The underbelly of the legal society, so to speak. Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is the epitome of that reputation. He drives around cool as a cucumber in his chauffeured Lincoln Town car (thus the name of the movie), doing business at a lickety split pace for clients who REALLLY should be put behind bars rather than defended. When a bail bondsman that he’s in cahoots with named Val (John Leguizamo) gives him a slam dunk defending some rich kid, he thinks it’s just another day in paradise. Unfortunately for Mickey, this case ends up being more than he ever expected. This young kid, Louis (Ryan Phillippe) is being charged with beating a prostitute, but the kid swears up and down that he’s innocent (as they all do).
Even though the kid seems innocent, Mickey has his investigator buddy Frank (William H. Macy) take a look into the kid’s past, only to end up murdered. Now it’s a battle of “he said, she said”, and Mickey is no longer sure that this kid is on the level with him. To make it worse he’s finding more and more cases with a similar M.O. that start to lead back to this original case. A case he can’t drop out of as he’s the defending attorney for BOTH crimes. As the evidence mounts and the apparent cruelty of his client’s nature coming to the surface, Mickey is between a rock and a hard place as he struggles with his job as an attorney and his own slightly seared conscious.
Brad Furman does a great job at keeping the suspense high and the audience wondering how this game of cat and mouse is going to turn out. My only real complaint comes from the fact that Furman dips into cliched territory more than once, and that his shaky camera work and sharp editing has a slightly nauseating effect on the viewer. Still, the movie is a lot of fun and one of those sleeper movies that I never would have known about until I randomly picked up the Blu-ray in a Walmart sale a few years back.
Rated R for some violence, sexual content and language
• "At Home on the Road" with Michael Connelly
• "One On One" with Matthew McConaughey and Michael Connelly
• Deleted Scenes
The Lincoln Lawyer was one of the movies that really started to clue the audience into the fact that Matthew McConaughey was more than a pretty face. Much like Ben Affleck, he got a new career as a serious actor and while The Lincoln Lawyer is not his best, it really is an entertaining thriller. Everyone is engaging and full of life, and that ending is straight up perfect for the film at hand. McConaughey is likable and sleazy at the same time, and it’s a fun, pulpy watch. The 4K UHD is a solid upgrade over the Blu-ray, but not a wildly incredible one. My own personal opinion that it’s worth the upgrade if you can find this for a good price, rather than a day one purchase. Worth a watch.
Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kim Caramele
Directed by: Brad Furman
Written by: John Romano (Screenplay), Michael Connelly (Novel)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core)
Runtime: 118 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: August 15th, 2017
Recommendation: Fun Watch