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The Lincoln Lawyer

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Review: "The Lincoln Lawyer' 'Two Jews On Film' Have Opposing Views With This Legal Thriller (video)

  • Mar 16, 2011

The 'Lincoln Lawyer', a  gripping legal thriller,   Matthew McConaughey stars as Michael 'Mick' Haller, a slick charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln continental sedan. 

Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter-variey criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime:  defending a rich Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempted murder.  However, what initially appears to be a straightforward case with a big money pay-off swifly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation and a crisis of conscience for Haller.

'The Lincoln Lawyer' is directed by Brad Furman and written by John Romano.  The film is based on Michael Connelly's best selling novel of the same name.  It's an excellent book and the film, in my opinion, does it justice. 

Matthew McConaughey does a killer job capturing Mickey's complex character.  Mick is a guy financially living on the edge, trying to support his ex wife, Maggie (Marisa Tomei) and his young daughter.  He defends people that are not society's finest citizens...prostitutes, drug addicts and your basic petty criminal.  Mick is a wheeler dealer kind of  lawyer.  Most of his cases he pleads out so he hardly ever has to go to trial.  He drinks too much, defends people that are probably guilty, but what makes the audience root for Mickey, is that we see in him, a guy who really cares...about the law and about his clients.

  Haller finds out that an ex client Jesus Martinez (Michael Pena) who's been in jail for two years, is innocent.  He didn't believe Martinez when he said he wasn't guilty so Mick got him to take a plea.  Now Mick won't stop until he gets Martinez freed.  

This not only puts people Mick cares about in danger, but it brings him in direct conflict with his client Roulet and that's when things get really interesting.  

The supporting cast is great.  William H. Macy plays Frank Levin, Mickey's close friend and investigator, John Leguizamo is Val Valenzuela, a bail bondsman who would sell out his own mother and father if need be, Josh Lucas portrays Ted Minton, the Assist. D. A. who goes up against Mick in court.  Frances Fisher is great as Ryan's icy wealthy mother who will stop at nothing to save her son.  
'The Lincoln Lawyer' is a legal thriller that is filled with twists and turns.  'The Two Jews On Film' share different views as usual. See the film and let us know who you agree with.  The film opens in theaters Friday March 18, 2011.   
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March 17, 2011
sounds like it has an interesting concept, but I am not sure. I think I'll just add to the rental queve. I have so many things I want to see this weekend....thanks for the great review!
March 16, 2011
Great review, guys! I was thinking about checking this film out, if I can ever get a free second lol. Thanks for sharing :)
March 16, 2011
Thanks so much Djevoke
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review by . March 27, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Just Whose Side Are You Really On?
I went to “The Lincoln Lawyer” with extra low expectations. I have seen so many legal thrillers in my day that I was almost certain that this would not be anything different. The film was adapted from the novel by Michael Connelly, and I have to admit I haven’t read the book before I saw this film. The film starts off strongly, with some dynamic performances from its cast it seemed poised to go the whole nine yards. Unfortunately, the script and direction manages to over-stretch, …
review by . March 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I viewed "The Lincoln Lawyer" last weekend and was most pleased with the film.   The acting was well done and the lead roles played their parts well.  I felt that the movie kept close to the novel and there wasn't any major difference.  The ending of the movie was somewhat different than the novel. In the movie there is action against one of the antagonists that didn't happen in the novel.  Most of the people in the theater seemed generally …
review by . August 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Haller essence
Matthew McConaughey proves he's not just a pretty face in The Lincoln Lawyer. It's difficult to translate books to the silver screen, and this is no exception. Based upon the novel by John Connelly, the movie lacks the heart that enlivened the written version. It does do justice, however, to the character of Mickey Haller, a smart, fast-talking defense attorney who knows all the tricks and doesn't hesitate to play them. Kind of a conman with a conscience, if you can picture that. I wondered …
review by . July 24, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     "The Lincoln Lawyer" is a competent and well-made court-room crime drama that deserves all the respect it can get, and all the acclaim that it deserves. It might get an Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category when the Award Season returns yet again, as films such as this one usually do. It has all the qualities of an Oscar nominee; but not all of a winner. Whether the film deserves that nomination (which it will PROBABLY get) is not of my concern. What …
review by . March 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
In the Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey Haller is asked to defend wealthy Louis Roulet against the charge of aggrivated assault and attempted rape of Reggie Campo. Campo was a woman who Louis met in a bar.      The acting was well done with all of the major actors doing there part well. There was less action with Mickey's former wife, Maggie who is played by Marissa Tomai? This went well but it's hard to see this actor in a courtroom drama and not think of "My Cousin Vinnie.'   …
review by . May 02, 2011
spoilers         Matthew McConaughey. I remember when he was in A Time To Kill (which I've only seen bits and pieces of) and everyone thought he was going to be the next Gregory Peck. Several godawful romantic comedies later, we all thought we were mistaken. Then, The Lincoln Lawyer comes along, and he surprises us yet again with a stellar performance in the lead role. The Lincoln Lawyer is not without its problems, but it is still an exciting and compelling legal …
review by . March 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         The Lincoln Lawyer, based on the novel by Michael Connelly, weaves a gripping web of mystery and suspense, although what really impressed me was the title character, quite possibly the most interesting and unorthodox criminal defense attorney in cinema history. His name is Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey), and he does business from the backseat of his Lincoln sedan. This was initially done out of necessity – some months prior he had his …
review by . May 03, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   Directed by Brad Furman, The Lincoln Lawyer is a surprisingly good courthouse drama supported by a strong cast and a decent story. It depicts the process of a charismatic lawyer Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) who gets inside a case which doesn't revolve only around his defender. He's an iconic lawyer in Los Angeles dealing with various criminals and who holds connection within the city's underworld. He finds himself in a big trouble once he takes charge in defending …
review by . March 19, 2011
Get ready to be a witness to 119 minutes of a nail biting crime case saddled by Matthew McConaughey (The Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Surfer Dude), out of the backseat of a - Lincoln Continental?   McConaughey stars in The Lincoln Lawyer; as a smooth, charismatic defense attorney Michael “Mick” Haller.  He’s also an attorney who runs his business out of his black Lincoln Continental sedan, and runs it effectively.   While Mick has spent most of his career …
Quick Tip by . March 26, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Looking for a little more information on THE LINCOLN LAWYER, check out my interview with the film's star, Matthew McConaughey:      http://blacksheepreviews.blogspot.com/2011/0...interviews-matthew.html
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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