Friday, March 18, 2011
"The Lincoln Lawyer"
Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey, "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past") is a lawyer who mostly operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln. When a lucrative assault case falls into his lap, involving Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe, "MacGruber"), the son of a rich businesswoman (Frances Fisher, "The Roommate"), he takes it, but he quickly begins to suspect that his client is indeed guilty. His hired investigator, Frank (William H. Macy, TV's "Shameless"), helps him dig deeper into Roulet's past, and they soon begin to make connections to a prior murder that Roulet may have committed.
"The Lincoln Lawyer" has a great cast, including Marisa Tomei ("Cyrus") as a prosecutor and Mick's ex-wife, as well as the mother of their child; Josh Lucas ("A Year in Mooring") as the prosecutor who is on Roulet's case; and Michael Peña ("The Good Doctor") as an old client of Mick's. John Leguizamo ("Vanishing on 7th Street") also stars as a bailiff who often works with Mick. The cast works well together, and Tomei and McConaughey have palpable chemistry, which is always good to see.
Maybe see this film. I liked it but, as I mentioned before, the middle third of it almost put me to sleep. The ending, however, is very good, and almost sets up the movie for a sequel, which I wouldn't mind seeing. The film is definitely worth seeing if you like "legal thrillers"; just be aware that parts of it move at a very slow pace, although the beginning and ending are set up very well.
"The Lincoln Lawyer" is in theaters today, March 18th.