By Scott Peterson
If you’ve seen the trailers for The Lincoln Lawyer, you would seemingly think that it plays out like every other predictable court room drama thats been thrown our way. For the most part, that is what you get. The difference here is that the fun and exciting part isn’t in how it ends, it’s in how the cat and mouse game unfolds before our very eyes. Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a slick,quick talking defense attorney who works out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. Haller gets a tip from shady bail bondsman Val Valuenzuela ( John Leguizamo) that rich real estate executive Louis Roulet (a creepy Ryan Phillippe) has been arrested and charged with the assault and attempted murder of a young prostitute. Conveniently, Haller has been requested to represent Roulet. Believing Roulet is innocent and it’s a cut and dry case, Haller jumps aboard. Naturally, everything isn’t as it seems and it turns out Roulet is playing Geppetto to Haller’s Pinochio.
Can I make a request here? From this point forward, I only want to see Matthew McConaughey playing slicked backed hair,smart mouthed attorneys. I don’t know what it is about lawyer roles that bring out the best in him, but he is absolutely electric. While I was watching The Lincoln Lawyer, I was aware that I wasn’t witnessing anything new or groundbreaking, but I was flat out floored by how much fun I was having. I guess it goes to show that even with such a simplistic storyline, a great acting performance can go a long way. Don’t hesitate at the chance to see The Lincoln Lawyer. I promise you will walk out smiling.
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