The Lincoln Lawyer stars Matthew McConaughey as a slick lawyer who will try to get his clients off at all costs and doesn’t care much if they are innocent or guilty. In fact, he assumes that most of his clients are guilty and the prospect of one of them being innocent scares him. His new client Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) is extremely rich and extremely high profile. The question is : Is he guilty or innocent, what are his motives, and what is he capable of?
This movie is about acting and dialogue. The camerawork emphasizes that you should be paying attention to the characters. This movie has a rock solid supporting cast including Marisa Tomei as his ex-wife, William H. Macy as his assisstant, Josh Lucas as the opposing attorney, John Leguizamo as a cop, Michael Pena as another client, Trace Adkins as a biker and Frances Fisher as Roulet’s Mother. Matthew McConaughey is so comfortable in this role, this movie could easily be the start of a franchise.
The movie takes some twist and turns and I am not sure everything is legal or makes perfect sense, and there are a couple of nagging plot points. I didn’t mind them too much because this is a very smartly written and entertaining movie.
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