A hotshot defense attorney begins to think his wealthy
client may be guilty of far more than he's been charged with.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Directed by Brad Furman
Written by John Romano
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Frances Fisher,
Bryan Cranston, Bob Gunton, Shea Whigham, Michael Peña
Based on the novel by Michael Connelly
I love a good courtroom drama, and The Lincoln Lawyer is certainly no slouch. Led by a commanding performance from Matthew McConaughey, this stylish L.A.-set crime thriller sports an amazing cast and a gripping, original story. Ever since I became a fan of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, I love stories where a traditionally morally bankrupt attorney rediscovers a spark of conscience. The Lincoln Lawyer does exactly that, showing off Mick Haller's (McConaughey) disregard of guilt when it comes to clients, then dropping Haller right in the middle of a complex case that threatens his life.
Mick Haller is the guy you call when you're definitely guilty. He's like Saul Goodman if he did CrossFit and had better taste in suits. Haller's got a rep for not giving a shit about a client's guilt or lack thereof. When he's hired by rich boy Louis Roulet (Phillippe), who's accused of assault and attempted rape, Haller learns things about his client that lead him to believe Roulet committed a murder years prior. Roulet admits to that murder, and says that if Haller doesn't get him off, bad things will happen. This moral quandary leads Haller to question his practices, and commit to doing the right thing. It's a great narrative that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
I really enjoyed The Lincoln Lawyer. It's a great addition to the great courtroom dramas, and another post-Oscar feather in the cap of Matthew McConaughey. While there aren't any bombshells dropped, the story is compelling enough to maintain your interest. It's currently on Netflix, so go watch it and decide for yourself.