Movie Details

The Lincoln Lawyer

Based on Michael Connelly`s crime novel, Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defence attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy accused of murder. But the seemingly straightforward and potentially highest-paying case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller and brings him close to an unexpected evil.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 24 Mar 2011
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Josh Lucas, Michael Pena
Director: Brad Furman
Format: NA


Writer: Tammy Ang

Writer Ratings:
Effects: NA

Watch this if you liked: “A Time To Kill”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “To Kill A Mockingbird”

The reviewer is not a fan of courtroom or legal thriller-related movies but upon initial impulse, only gave "The Lincoln Lawyer" the benefit of the doubt because of rom-com heartthrob Matthew McConaughey ("Ghosts of Girlfriends Past", "Fool's Gold") who is the lead star in the movie. The trailer does not give a clue about the plot of the movie and it has a tendency to mislead a potential viewer's first impression. But after watching it, it blew the reviewer's mind away and it certainly changed the reviewer's view on legal thrillers.

The movie is about a slick criminal defense attorney, Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey), who uses the backseat of his chauffeured Lincoln Continental Sedan as his mobile office and roving around to defend low level criminals of all kind. He knows no justice or truth as long as he gets his paycheck in the end of the day. His conscience slowly kicks in when he receives the case of a Beverly Hills playboy realtor (Ryan Phillippe) accused of rape and murder. He thought that it may be the easiest case in years of his career which will be his big kahuna but it turns out quite the opposite. Haller must prove his client not guilty against all odds and it eventually leads him into a whole lot of trouble as he goes deeper into his working relationship with his client.

McConaughey simply excels in carrying out the character of Mickey Haller. He is charismatic, good-looking (needless to say), calm and cool playing as a witty, manipulative lawyer who knows the ins and outs of courtroom tactics and how to get an accused out of jail and freed of their charges through legal loopholes. He also has an emotional scene where he was drunk and tormented with guilt because he is responsible for his close friend's death. His performance in this movie simply proves that he is way above, over and beyond a smooth, handsome guy in rom-coms. He is totally in his "thing", returning again as a lawyer (he acted as lawyer too in 1996's legal thriller "A Time To Kill" but with conscience from the beginning till the end). Ryan Phillippe also gives an impressive performance as casanova Louis Roulet. His character is cold yet intriguing and his performance is superb and really makes the character looks totally believable. It is exhilarating to see the deadly match between these two masters of manipulation on-screen.

The soundtracks used in this movie are mostly soul and hip hop music. With the camera focusing at the exterior of the Lincoln with hip hop music in the background, at times it felt as if the audience is watching a hip hop music video. Legal thriller is often serious and formal and the hip hop and rap music bring a stylish, upbeat contrast to the movie. It is an interesting blend indeed; making the movie's pacing brilliant and gives legal thriller a fresh new breath.

"The Lincoln Lawyer" has all the right stuffs in the right place: well written plot, tight suspense, great casts and crisp dialogue. The director keeps the movie simple and Brad Furman plays around with some interesting camerawork without overdoing it. Overall, do not doubt after watching the trailer, just get going into the cinema hall and be thrilled!

Cinema Online, 11 March 2011
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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