Based on a novel by Michael Connelly, “The Lincoln Lawyer” is a tasty enough treat when you look at the lineup of talented actors involved, but it’s kind of bland when you’re watching it. With Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy and a few other role players who are excellent actors, but the story never really catches on fire and almost becomes more of a second-rate “Primal Fear.”
Mickey Haller (McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who has his share of shady clients. When he finally gets a high profile case, he jumps at it, hoping to make a big score. But the man he is looking to defend (Phillippe) has some secrets and at some point Mickey has to decide if he wants to do what is right or if he should do what the law says he must do.
To give away any other points of the story would take away from the plot so I’m not gonna mention anymore. Needless to say, as you can tell, this story has been told before. Defense lawyer turns good, doesn’t want to defend the bad guy and everything works out in the end. Not that this isn’t a good story because it IS entertaining in a way and there’s nothing wrong with it, but under the direction of Brad Furman, it never seems to pick up speed. Sure, there is lots of slick camera work and some interesting courtroom drama, but nothing about this film moves it beyond a regular “CSI” on the big screen. Other than the fact that McConaughey and Tomei look great and Macy is a fantastic actor, nothing about this movie will stick with you after you’re done watching it. As a matter of fact, other than the soundtrack (which is great), I remember very little about this film and I just saw it yesterday!
So if you have some free time and can catch a matinee, this isn’t a terrible way to waste it. But if you’re going for a full-blown night out and are gonna spend $15 a ticket? There are better ways to spend your hard earned cash and catch this one on NetFlix,
Overall Rating: C-