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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  18 March 2011 (USA)
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A defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.

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Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is trying to get some money out of him. But when Haller looks at the evidence against him, he learns that this case might be linked to an old case of his. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Rated R for some violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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18 March 2011 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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£571,836 (UK) (18 March 2011)

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$57,981,889 (USA) (15 July 2011)
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Marisa Tomei and William H. Macy have previously played together in Wild Hogs (2007). In both movies, Tomei played a character named Maggie while Macy played one named Frank. See more »

Goofs

Towards the close of the film, we see a commuter train at a railway crossing - whilst the train is clearly electricity powered (pantograph and overhead power cables are visible), we hear the sound of a diesel locomotive. See more »

Quotes

Mick Haller: Maggie, you know what I used to be afraid of Maggie?
Maggie McPherson: Yeah, me.
Mick Haller: That I wouldn't recognize innocence. That it would be right there in front of me and I just wouldn't see it.
Maggie McPherson: Yeah...
Mick Haller: I'm not talking about guilty or not guilty; just, just innocence. Know what I'm afraid of now?
[Maggie shakes head]
Mick Haller: Evil. Pure Evil.
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Pretty darn good
18 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hey, this isn't half bad at all. I'll be honest and say I wasn't expecting much, so it was nice to be pleasantly surprised. Okay, it's no 'Primal Fear' - but it's as good as any Grisham adaptation.

The script is pacey and smart, with some excellent lines from the central character - played with just the right balance of sass and integrity by Matthew McConaughey. In fact, everyone in the cast was up to the mark - and it's always a pleasure to see Marisa Tomei up there: a fine actress who deserves to be seen more often. Willliam H Macy, too, is always worth watching.

As for the story... I thought it gave an interesting angle on the classic legal/moral problem : the failed defence in which an innocent client goes to jail, and the successful defence that acquits a killer.

I haven't read the Michael Connelly novel, but I think I will now - if only to see more of the Mick Haller character. His back-story wasn't much more than suggested in the film - lost licence, broken marriage, smartness that's a combination of natural intelligence and life at the grittier edge of things. I want to know more!

A couple of quiet spots, and a little bit of overstating the obvious (a la 'CSI'), but otherwise this is a highly entertaining film. The perfect antidote to some of the blockbusters and cartoons on offer at the moment.

8/10


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