Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer

I know, I know, Matthew McConaughey, must be a cheesy chick flick with several shirtless Matt scenes right?  Well if you are a fan of the usual McConnaughey genre of movie than you may be disappointed with his newest movie, The Lincoln Lawyer.

McConaughey (Mick Haller) plays the part of a "street lawyer" who makes a living by finding flaws in the judicial system to set his clients (mostly criminals) free.  He's a swindler, dealer, deceiver and takes pride in being the bad guy lawyer, but he is good at what he does.

It was refreshing seeing McConaughey take on a role like this and really bring back some of his root acting skills that we haven't seen in a while.  Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of classic Matthew cliches, but overall I was impressed with his performance and never once gagged throughout the movie, which is something I haven't been able to say about one of his movies in a long time.

Ryan Phillippe (Louis Roulet) plays the role of one of Haller's clients who is charged for attempted rape and assault, but who claims to be innocent.

From there the movie then takes you on a roller coaster while you try to figure out who is guilty and who is innocent.  There are plenty of twists and turns and some unexpected surprises, while still keeping a solid story line.

William H. Macy was my favorite, who plays the role of a long haired, hippy like investigator who helps dig up Haller's dirt.  He plays the role perfectly, as he always does, and captures the part.

Overall, this is a movie worth seeing.  If you spent your money on Limitless or BattleLA, I am sorry.  You could have made the same investment in a movie that would entertain you exponentially more.  I never thought I'd say it, but Matthew McConaughey is back!

Movie Influences:

The Rainmaker

A Civil Action


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