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The Lincoln Lawyer
Reviewed by
Peter Bourke
on
The Lincoln Lawyer Blu-ray Review All in all, the Lincoln Lawyer is a decent move that although it doesn't veer too far from uncharted territories of this genre, it is still an impressive story from start to finish.
Rating:
2.5

Feature 8.0
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.0

Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time: 118  Minutes
Reviewer: Peter Bourke
Classification
: M15+

8.0


The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer is a well written and twisted drama that is like watching two grandmasters of chess attempt to thwart each other and the gain the more powerful deadly piece. The main protagonist of the movie is Mick Haller (McConaughey), a rather arrogant and smart assed lawyer who would also be the perfect snake oil merchant and happens to work from the back of his old Lincoln car. However his luck or so he believes is about to change when he receives a new case thanks to a bondsman (John Leguizamo) who informs him that there is a possibility to make a considerable amount of money if he agrees to defend Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) who has been charged of attempted murder.

McConaughey plays the flawed lawyer well and as most of his clientele have been guilty of their crimes, he has some difficulty in defending an innocent man who has been charged for viciously beating and almost murdering a prostitute. Haller wonders if he made the right choice and to compound the situation, Louis Roulet isn't the nicest man in the world as the plot unravels. With doubts in his mind, Mickey decides to arrange investigator Frank Levin (William H. Macy) explore both Louis and the prostitute to see if there are any hard facts one way or another.

This is worsened by Louis mother (Frances Fisher) who strongly believes her son is innocent as she attempts to influence Mickey which sparks the thought that he may be being played by this rich family. When Mickey does start to wander from the "facts", his estranged wife and Assistant District Attorney (Marisa Tomei) and their young daughter are soon threatened because of his involvement in this case and the puzzle finally comes together in most unexpected yet clichéd ways. Director Brad Furman does a great job at keeping the tension throughout the movie and is assisted by the powerful performances of all involved, especially McConaughey. All in all, the Lincoln Lawyer is a decent move that although it doesn't veer too far from uncharted territories of this genre, it is still an impressive story from start to finish.

Video, Audio & Special Features

The Blu-ray quality of the Lincoln Lawyer is quite gritty that helps in the story telling. The video quality is a 1080p transfer with some exceptional attention to detail, especially with the close-ups of the actors involved. Colours are a little earthy but it does highlight the pollution of Los Angeles and assists with the gritty nature of the story.

The audio supports a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 that contain crisp dialogue and good levels of sound. Some moments definitely use the speakers to its advantage, even though this is not an action film. There are a handful of special features that include Making the Case: creating the Lincoln Lawyer that involves adapting the original book to film, Michael Connelly: At home on the Road, the author of the book takes the viewer on a tour to various key locales from the movie, deleted scenes and One on One with McConaughey and Connelly that has the author interviewing McConaughey  about making his character come to life. The special features are entertaining, however not that compelling.

Conclusion

The Lincoln Lawyer is easily the best movie that McConaughey  has made thanks to the powerful and well written story. It may not challenge the genre but it's sure a very enjoyable and thrilling experience from start to finish.






 
 



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