The Lincoln Lawyer - Hard-Boiled Police Procedural

The Lincoln Lawyer - Hard-Boiled Police Procedural

No, it's not about Abraham Lincoln, nor set in Lincoln, Nebraska. Slick Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a facile Southern California criminal defense attorney and, ever since he lost his driver's license, he's been driven around Los Angeles by his chauffeur Earl (Laurence Mason) in a sleek, black Lincoln Continental that doubles as his mobile office. Hence the title.

Bookmark and Share

The Lincoln Lawyer (Lionsgate)

On a referral from a local bail bondsman (John Leguizamo), Mick's newest client is a spoiled, arrogant, twentysomething rich kid, Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), who insists that he's innocent of any wrongdoing, vigorously denying that he raped and then viciously beat a young prostitute whom he met in a bar. His haughty Beverly Hills realtor mother (Frances Fisher) is disdainful of Mick's aggressiveness but realizes that he's her only hope for Louis' acquittal against evidence acquired by the prosecutor (Josh Lucas). In addition, there's Mick's smart 'n' savvy ex-wife (Marisa Tomei), who works in the District Attorney's office, and Mick's intrepid investigator (William H. Macy), along with various cops (like Bryan Cranston) and crooks (like Michael Pare). Mix them all together and it gets quite complicated - and dangerous - as Mick finds himself trapped by the client-attorney privilege that prevents him from using any substantiation against Roulet, even when he obtains proof of his guilt.

Adapted by John Romano ("The Take") from Michael Connolly's best-seller, it's directed by Brad Furman, who deserves extra credit for eliciting a credible performance from Matthew McConaughey, whom many (including me) had dismissed because of his seemingly endless, bare-chested appearances in series of quickly forgettable romantic comedies, including "Fool's Gold," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Failure to Launch," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," etc. And in interviews, McConaughey admits that when he attended University of Texas, he'd considered becoming a defense lawyer. Yet just one look at smug Ryan Phillippe indicates that he's undoubtedly guilty of something.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "The Lincoln Lawyer" churns up a cheesy 5. It's a hard-boiled police procedural, tracing its antecedents back to Raymond Chandler.

By Susan Granger, © 2011.

Photo courtesy, Lionsgate, Inc.

Latest Additions to AZR


More than two decades ago, Paul Newman had a vision of possibility with no idea how to make it a reality. As all great visions begin, he started with a "What if..." question. What if children with serious illnesses had a chance to just be children and have fun in a safe and nurturing environment? ...


New York Film Critics Online members held their 15th annual awards meeting on December 7, 2014, at the Furman Gallery inside Lincoln Center.

Richard Linklater's Boyhood won three awards for Picture, Director and Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, while Alejandro González I&# ...


Adapted by Paul Lalonde and John Patus, this is yet another incarnation of the prophetic narrative introduced in Jerry B. Jenkins' and Tim LaHaye's first best-selling novel. The plot revolves around what happens to a small group of people following what Christians call the Rapture. ...


The Internet has been called by writers in a recent New York magazine article one of the ten great inventions of all time, comparable to the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel. Like the wheel and fire-which between them have caused no small number of tragic and painful deaths-the 'net ...


In the Tom Hanks vehicle "Captain Phillips," which deals with a hijacked ship, one of the criminals calls himself simply the interpreter. He insists that he has no respect for the pirates-that they are low-lifes and that the captain should correspond with the people back home in authority to get th ...

View Local News Sources From 33,000+ Neighborhoods Nationwide!

Eg : Movie Review, Arizona, Fishing, etc.
Search results for

In Our Current Issue

Arizona Reporter on Twitter Follow to Arizona Reporter on Facebook Subscribe to Arizona Reporter on Yahoo News Arizona Reporter RSS Feed Subscribe to Arizona Reporter via Kindle!
View Local News Sources

Latest Reviews
By Harvey Critic

Member NYFCO


Latest Reviews
By Susan Granger

Member NYFCO

James Mapes
Quantum Leap Thinking

An Owner's Guide to the Mind