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The Lincoln Lawyer 2011

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A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.

Starring:
Josh Lucas, Marisa Tomei
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Josh Lucas, Marisa Tomei, Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Michaela Conlin
Director Brad Furman
Genres Drama, Crime
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 25 July 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Josh Lucas, Marisa Tomei, Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Michaela Conlin
Director Brad Furman
Genres Drama, Crime
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 25 July 2011
Main languages English
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Blu-ray
Is this a deep, thought provoking, hard hitting court room drama? No, instead it is fun, thrilling, engaging, gripping, exciting and really cool movie. What that means is that the story has some plot holes, it is a little contrived and if it was real the ethics would be questionable. However, this film doesn't pretend to be these things as it knows where its strengths lie. McConaughey is brilliant and this is the start of his career renascence which he would later follow up with Killer Joe, Bernie and Mud. He is cool and fun and sexy making the sleaziness of a lawyer come across more as charming and his smile is infectious. When it comes time for the more dramatic moments when his character is put under pressure and becomes desperate he delivers there too. Rest of the cast also excellent with Willaim H Macy, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillipe all on top form. It is filmed in a style that reflects LA, making the scenes feel hot, chaotic and passionate. The soundtrack is excellent with some classic Soul tracks such as Marlena Shaws California Soul creating a very slick and cool vibe to the movie. It may not be deep and if you over-think it it's a bit silly but as you are watching it you are swept up in a very cool and entertaining movie.
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Format: DVD
Matthew McConnaghey plays a defense lawyer with an array of shady clients amongst the criminal fraternity of Los Angeles. However his life gets complicated when he is hired to defend a rich kid accused of rape.

McConnaghey I generally find an unappealing actor, someone who's career is predominantly marked by a series of forgettable films through which he sleep walks. However in this film he actually acts, and acts well, presenting a credible portrayal of a likeable man who maintains his decency, and many of his principles, in spite of making a career defending the guilty. His scenes with Marissa Tomei and William H Macy are beautifully played conveying the depth of feeling and history amongst the characters. Ryan Phillippe, a very underrated actor in my opinion, as the client, displays once more his range and talent as a man who may, or may not, be guilty.

The plot is satisfingly twisty while retaining its intelligiblity. Overall the movie is a professionally done, highly entertaining piece of work, composed of good writing, good acting and unfussy direction, the combination of which are disappointingly rare these days.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is a review of the Blu-Ray version.

Mickey Haller, a creation of high-profile novelist Michael Connelly, is a Los Angeles defence attorney who instead of having an office works out of an '87 Lincoln Towncar. The plot central to this film is his defence of a wealthy Beverly Hills property developer accused of attempted rape and violent assault - and possibly even more serious crimes from the past. The film examines the increasingly acrimonious relationship between defence attorney and defendant, the problems created by attorney-client privilege, and quite simply the conscience of a lawyer defending a man who grows more dislikable as the trial progresses.

As a film, it's pretty good with few obvious flaws. The acting is of a high standard, the script is sharp and the story is interesting. I was far from sure that Matthew McConaughey was the right choice before seeing this film, but within five minutes I had changed my mind and now feel that he did an excellent job. For large sections of the film as a whole, however, it comes across as more of a pilot for a TV series rather than a cinematic treat, this I would put down to rather ordinary cinematography and in particular some weak editing. I couldn't call it a must-see classic by any stretch, because it's bordering on the forgettable and offers very little in terms of truly new and original courtroom drama. In a way, the overall style and substance looks as old as Haller's Lincoln.

And that's disappointing because I read the book on which it is (heavily) based and although that was several years ago, I clearly remember being far more impressed with that than I was with this film, and never feeling that it was out of date at all.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
WARNING: CONTAINS MIDPOINT PLOT TWIST

Matthew McConaughey plays Mike Haller, a smooth LA high priced lawyer who defends scumbags. He is proud of how he gets off criminals and uses unethical means to do so. However, he sobs like a baby when he finds out he put an innocent man in jail. The local DAs loathe him.

A party girl is beat up and accuses a rich pretty boy (Ryan Phillippe), son of a real estate agent. He claims he was set up and there is evidence to indicate he was set up. However things are not quite right as the our lawyer finds out. Upon investigation he discovers that his client not only beat up the girl, but had done this once before during which the girl was killed except Mike Haller's former Hispanic defendant had taken the rap! Rather than walk away from a big money case, Haller must try to figure out a way to get an innocent Hispanic man out of prison, while presenting a case to make the real killer walk. Marisa Tomei plays the ex-wife and a prosecuter in this film and finally has gotten a role where she keeps her clothes on. William H. Macey has grown his hair out to play a private detective.

Good courtroom drama as well as an intriguing tale as things keep moving and twisting.
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