Film Screening 3rd August, 2011

Poster for The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer 

8:00 PM, 3rd August, 2011

  • M
  • 119 mins
  • 2011
  • Brad Furman
  • John Romano
  • Matthew McConaughey,  Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe

Mick Haller (McConaughey) is a smooth-talking lawyer who operates from the back of his Lincoln sedan (hence the title). His clientele usually consists of the lowlife and amoral of society, like the posse of drug-dealing bikies we meet early on. When he agrees to defend rich boy Louis Roulet (Phillippe) on a rape/murder charge, he soon finds unexpected connections to one of his earlier cases, along with a threat to his family.

I’m not a big fan of McConaughey – apart from those who appreciate topless, cut, male torsos, who is? – but his best films have always been those in which he plays lawyers (A Time to Kill, Amistad). I am a big fan of courtroom thrillers, and this one harks back to the heady 90s where we seemed to be getting a new John Grisham (or copycat) film every month. There are plenty of witty exchanges and clever courtroom scenes, and the cast includes great actors like Tomei, William H. Macy and Bryan Cranston – all with small roles, unfortunately, but every scene they are in has something worth watching.

I’m not saying this is up there with classics like To Kill a Mockingbird or A Few Good Men – and McConaughey is certainly no Gregory Peck or even Tom Cruise – but, if you are even remotely as much a fan of legal thrillers as I am, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

Travis Cragg