Friday, August 05, 2011

Lincoln Lawyer

Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 18th March, 2011
Time : 118 minutes
Director : Brad Furman; Writer : John Romano, Michael Connelly; Music : Cliff Martinez
Starring : Mathew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillipe, William Macy, John Leguizamo

A rich guy is being framed. He asks for a particular lawyer, a hustler, street smart and full of himself, one who is not used to working with such big shot clients. There is circumstantial evidence against the client but he refuses to do any kind of deals, which, incidentally, is the lawyers speciality.

Twist follows turn as cross follows double-cross. Nothing turns out to be what it seems. Yet there is nothing we have not already seen, especially in this genre. The acting is good, remember enjoying Mathew’s turn as a lawyer in ‘A Time to Kill’ and he’s good to watch here as well, none more so when he is engineering the ‘surprise’ end.

Ryan Phillipe came across as slightly too cocky, full of himself but then maybe that was the character. William Macy, for an actor of his calibre, is strangely underutilised.

Its gripping, slick, fast paced but lacks soul, warmth. You’re cheering for no one, the villain is painted too black with no explanation for the way he is and hence the movie itself blends with the night, nothing staying with us in particular.

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