THE LINCOLN LAWYER

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
OCTOBER 27, 2013

Relying entirely on its cast of characters and the performances provided, “The Lincoln Lawyer” never quite reaches the level of genius but also never takes the simple ways out. Matthew McConaughey takes a turn as Mickey Haller, an attorney meandering in the grey area of the law. He accepts back alley payments from bikers, swindles clients into giving him more money, and represents a certain stigma of person that probably shouldn’t be walking the street. Mickey has friends in his investigator, Frank Levin (William H. Macy), his bails bondsman, Val (John Leguizamo), and even his ex-wife, Maggie (Marisa Tomei), to a certain degree. It’s when he starts a new case, representing rich boy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) that his life turns upside down.

Besides revealing the twist mid-film, the story structure is reminiscent of most thrillers, as Mickey learns what’s going on, becomes entrapped in the situation, and lawyers his way out of it. Exciting stuff occurs when secrets are revealed early on: the characters take on different roles and a race to tell the truth begins. This race never reaches high levels of excitement, but enough is going on to garner one’s attention. “The Lincoln Lawyer” has its fair share of tense moments, but for the most part, the film sits on the shoulders of its actors. But with this enormous ensemble cast, that isn’t such a bad thing.

RELEASE DATE
March 18, 2011

DIRECTOR
Brad Furman

WRITTEN BY
John Romano

BASED ON
“The Lincoln Lawyer”
by Michael Connelly

STUDIO
Lionsgate

R
(for some violence, sexual content and language)

CRIME
DRAMA
THRILLER

118 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Lukas Ettlin

COMPOSER
Cliff Martinez

EDITOR
Jeff McEvoy

CAST
Matthew McConaughey
Marisa Tomei
Ryan Phillippe
Josh Lucas
John Leguizamo
Michael Peña
Bob Gunton
Frances Fisher
Bryan Cranston
William H. Macy
Trace Adkins
Shea Whigham

PRODUCED BY
Sidney Kimmel
Tom Rosenberg
Gary Lucchesi
Richard Wright
Scott Steindorff

BUDGET
$40 million

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