The Lincoln Lawyer (film)

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The Lincoln Lawyer
The Lincoln Lawyer Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byBrad Furman
Produced bySidney Kimmel
Tom Rosenberg
Gary Lucchesi
Richard Wright
Scott Steindorff
Screenplay byJohn Romano
Based onThe Lincoln Lawyer 
by Michael Connelly
StarringMatthew McConaughey
Marisa Tomei
Ryan Phillippe
Josh Lucas
John Leguizamo
Michael Peña
Bob Gunton
Bryan Cranston
William H. Macy
Music byCliff Martinez
CinematographyLukas Ettlin
Editing byJeff McEvoy
StudioLionsgate
Lakeshore Entertainment
SKE Entertainment
Stone Village Pictures
Distributed byLionsgate
Release dates
  • March 18, 2011 (2011-03-18)
Running time119 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million[1]
Box office$85,507,593[2]
 
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The Lincoln Lawyer
The Lincoln Lawyer Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byBrad Furman
Produced bySidney Kimmel
Tom Rosenberg
Gary Lucchesi
Richard Wright
Scott Steindorff
Screenplay byJohn Romano
Based onThe Lincoln Lawyer 
by Michael Connelly
StarringMatthew McConaughey
Marisa Tomei
Ryan Phillippe
Josh Lucas
John Leguizamo
Michael Peña
Bob Gunton
Bryan Cranston
William H. Macy
Music byCliff Martinez
CinematographyLukas Ettlin
Editing byJeff McEvoy
StudioLionsgate
Lakeshore Entertainment
SKE Entertainment
Stone Village Pictures
Distributed byLionsgate
Release dates
  • March 18, 2011 (2011-03-18)
Running time119 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million[1]
Box office$85,507,593[2]

The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2011 American thriller film adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy and Marisa Tomei. The film is directed by Brad Furman, with a screenplay written by John Romano.[3]

Plot[edit]

Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) operates around Los Angeles County out of his black Lincoln Town Car. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, including a member of a local biker gang, until he lands the case of his career: Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy and son of real estate mogul Mary Windsor (Frances Fisher), is accused of the brutal beating of prostitute Regina Campo (Margarita Levieva). Haller thinks Roulet is innocent, having simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time. Haller and his investigator Frank Levin (William H. Macy) analyze the pictures and evidence, notably the injuries the victim sustained. It bears a similarity to a past case of Haller that landed a previous client, Jesus Martinez (Michael Peña), in prison for life for murdering Donna Renteria, despite repeatedly proclaiming his innocence.

Haller has a daughter with his ex-wife, prosecutor Maggie McPherson (Marisa Tomei), who has never appreciated Haller's efforts on behalf of guilty clients. Haller begins to wonder if he should have tried harder on behalf of Martinez instead of convincing him to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. Martinez becomes agitated when Haller visits him and shows him Roulet's picture. Haller begins to suspect that Roulet could be the real killer in the Martinez case, but bound by attorney–client confidentiality rules, he cannot tell the police what he has learned. That night, Roulet breaks into Haller's house, nonchalantly admits to committing the murder that put Martinez in prison, and makes veiled threats toward Haller's family. Levin is shot to death after leaving a voicemail message claiming that he has found Martinez's ticket out of jail. The murder weapon used in Levin's murder is a .22 caliber pistol and Haller finds his .22 Colt Woodsman is missing from its carrier box.

Haller is suspected of killing Levin because the police discover that a Colt Woodsman is registered to Haller. Haller believes it was stolen by Roulet when he had broken into Haller's home. Obliged to do his best for his client, guilty or not, Haller ruthlessly cross-examines the prostitute and discredits her in the jury's eyes. However, Haller sets up a known prison informant with information on the previous murder. When the informant testifies, Haller discredits him and the state later moves to dismiss all charges in the current case. Roulet is set free, but the police then arrest him immediately for the previous murder based upon testimony Haller had coaxed out of the informant. Haller acquires a Smith and Wesson pistol from his driver, Earl (Laurence Mason), as a precaution against any retribution he may face. Roulet is released due to lack of evidence and sets out immediately to kill Haller's ex-wife and child, but Haller finds out in time to get them out of the house.

Roulet mockingly tells Haller that he will not be able to guard his family this way every day. Just then, a group of bikers whom Haller has previously represented starts bashing Roulet's Maserati and they brutally beat Roulet. Haller gets a call from Maggie that a parking ticket was issued to Roulet near the house of the previous murder victim, strong evidence against Roulet in his pending murder trial that will support Martinez's release. Upon arriving home, Haller discovers Roulet's mother, Mary Windsor, inside. She shoots him with the Colt Woodsman, the same one that killed Levin, confessing that she committed that murder to protect her son. Haller, wounded, draws the Smith and Wesson pistol that Earl got for him and shoots Mary Windsor, killing her. Upon being discharged from the hospital, Haller learns that Martinez has been released and the District Attorney will seek the death penalty against Roulet. As Haller rides off to his next case, he takes the biker gang pro bono because of their previous help.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

After watching a rough cut of the film on November 12, 2010, Michael Connelly, author of the book The Lincoln Lawyer, said:[4]

The movie comes out March 18. A couple days ago I saw an unfinished cut of it and could not be happier. I thought it was very loyal to the story and the character of Mickey Haller. Matthew McConaughey nails him. Those who loved the book will love the movie, I think. Those who don't know the book will love it just the same. The casting and acting is really superb. Like I said, I could not be happier. I'm very excited and can't wait to see what fans of the book think.

The film received very positive reviews, scoring a 83% "certified fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 156 reviews with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment." At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 63, based on 30 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews."[5] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 stars out of a possible 4, saying, "The plotting seems like half-realized stabs in various directions made familiar by other crime stories. But for what it is, The Lincoln Lawyer is workmanlike, engagingly acted and entertaining."

Home media[edit]

The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12, 2011.[6]

TV series[edit]

In August 2011 Variety magazine[7] published a story saying that the ABC network had commissioned a pilot episode for a TV series depicting Haller.

ABC has ordered a script from Lionsgate that could convert "The Lincoln Lawyer" feature into a drama series, the network and studio confirmed.

Sequel[edit]

Lionsgate Vice Chairman, Michael Burns, has expressed his interest to bring back McConaughey for a sequel to the film.[8]

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