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Movie: The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) is a crime drama movie based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly.

Synopsis from IMDb: Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) has a bad reputation around LA for defending murderers and rapists. He makes a decent living doing so and currently has an old client driving him around town while he conducts business in his Lincoln town car.

When he's hired to defend a high profile realtor's snobby son, Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillipe), in an attempted rape case, he sees it as a big break. Roulet says his accuser saw him as an easy mark and is just trying to milk some money out of him.

At first Haller believes him and is excited at the chance to defend an innocent man but things soon get complicated as he sees a connection to an earlier case. Nothing is of course as it originally appeared and Haller soon finds himself in over his head as well as in grave danger.

This movie is highly recommended for fans of this genre, i.e. crime-courtroom battle movie with a lot of judiciary jargon.

The cast gives pretty realistic performances:

- The casting of Matthew McConaughey as Mick Haller is very good. He's smoothly appealing despite playing a corrupt lawyer who has no scruples in defending guilty clients as long as he makes money.

- Marisa Tomei is Maggie, Mick's ex-wife and who's also a lawyer. Her character is like an anti-Mick who's still attracted to him despite clashes in their work values.


- Ryan Phillippe is excellent as Louis Roulet, the client whose surface appearance belies the fact that he's as street smart as his sleazy lawyer.

- Frances Fisher is outstanding in a small but pivotal role as Louis' protective mother.


Overall, this movie wins with an intelligent script, designed to baffle and blindside the viewer in the course of unraveling some startling surprises. A must-watch if you like this genre.


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