A sleazy defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.
Writer: John Romano (screenplay), Michael Connelly (novel)
Director: Brad Furman
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe
Runtime: 118 Minutes
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn
Ahh Matthew McConaughey… not in the dreamy “ahhh Matthew McConaughey you have amazing abs” but more like the “ahh Matthew McConaughey how do you still get rolls in movies” kind of way….but I will get back to him.
This movie has the feeling of a New York Times bestselling thriller that is being read by old people on cruise ships and in millions of old folks homes all across the world. The ones that are pumped out by authors without much thought, but only because people will read their next book and the publishing company gave them another paycheck and deadline. They are like the teen pop song versions of books. It is the type of story that is way too unbelievable and has way too many turns. They would be unexpected unless you ask yourself, what would never happen in this situation.
The movie happens to be a best seller written by Michael Connelly, I have never read any of his novels but I have read James Patterson. They must be the same person. The bestselling thrillers take you on turns and turns as the pages do the same and without a doubt keeps your attention, which makes them best sellers. I just don’t think they translate into movies very smoothly. Look at even the Davinci Code, an amazing thriller that everyone in the world loved. Turn it into a screenplay with a mulleted Tom Hanks and no one likes it! Maybe it was the mullet! … I actually believe that they feel rushed. A good movie takes time to develop the twists and turns, the characters, in a bestselling thriller turned book just chuck it all at you and your supposed to swallow it like your shot gunning a beer.
I would have rather done that than watch The Lincoln Lawyer. Matthew McConaughey is vomit inducing most of the time he is on the screen. I was excited for this movie too, I am a big courtroom drama fan, and I thought that McConaughey playing the part would be a good fit. It fell short most of the time. The scenes with Marissa Tomei were forced and unbelievable. Why do these two, who are conveniently a DA and a State Prosecutor, and former husband and wife with a child, still hanging out and having drinks all the time, and having sex? Marissa Tomei looked old too, I think it was intentional but she looked old.
There was a great performance by Michael Pena as the former client of McConaughey that is in prison after taking a plea bargain. It was just too short. I also enjoyed the performance by Josh Lucas, but that, honestly, is me looking for something nice to say.
With all of this being said, I believe that most people would enjoy this movie, and I’m not saying that I didn’t. This movie is definitely a ride; it keeps you on the front of your seat, and keeps giving you another twist that makes you say “whoa”. I would recommend going into it without a critical mind and just relax and enjoy the ride. If you do that, short of a few unbearable Matthew McConaughey scenes. You will enjoy it.