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The Lincoln Lawyer
Genre Crime
 
Review:

Matthew McConaughey wants to be taken seriously. The Lincoln Lawyer can be viewed as his return to serious acting after a scourge of romantic comedy lead roles. After starring opposite Kate Hudson in the smash hit, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, it seemed that McConaughey was destined to be that guy - even trying to turn their good chemistry into a recurring partnership with Fool's Gold. This after proving his worth in films like U571, Sahara, Contact, EdTV and A Time to Kill. Thing is... McConaughey can act, despite being typecast as a pretty boy turn ladies man.

The Lincoln Lawyer is a solid court room thriller about a wrongfully accused young man, whose attorney begins to suspect his client of manipulating the truth after a rape and assault charge. People took him seriously when he played Jake Tyler Brigance in A Time to Kill, so it seemed only natural that he should shake off the dusty briefcase and give the court room thriller a bit of spit and polish.

The Lincoln Lawyer is one of those movies that could just as easily generate the same fervour on the small screen. It's testament to the great writing, terrific twists and strong performances. While a real screw-turner, it's the underrated cast that crowd around McConaughey, who announced the film's release from the red carpet at the Academy Awards.

Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillipe, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Josh Lucas and Michael Pena are all solid contenders, who are some of Hollywood's underrated talents. McConaughey isn't getting any younger and it's like he's opened another chapter in his filmography. The supporting cast ensure that there's never a false moment and it's a good team effort in presenting The Lincoln Lawyer as a serious character-driven crime-thriller.

The film is based on Michael Connelly's crime novel, adapted by veteran TV drama screenwriter John Romano and directed by Brad Furman, who was responsible for the gritty heist crime-thriller The Take. It's an enterprising combination of film crew, creators and actors, which makes for compelling viewing. Connelly's gripping story provides the foundation for a strong narrative, Romano's experience in TV crime drama gives the characters added weight and the ensemble channel their collective talent into the performances.

At two hours, it's an epic game of whodunit and cat-and-mouse - providing enough thought-provoking entertainment and pensive thrills to keep you transfixed. However, the last fifteen minutes do feel a bit stretched and while compelling, it does have a serious TV movie feel with one too many twists in seeking resolution. There aren't any stand-out performances - so it's just a solid all-rounder with a couple of minor flaws, which could have easily been part 1 and part 2 of a quality legal TV series like The Practice.

The bottom line: Entertaining.

 

 

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