Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday Movie Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

As mentioned yesterday, I saw not one, but two movies at the theater this past weekend; and today is the review for the second movie I saw. Last Thursday, my parents went to see The Lincoln Lawyer and afterwards I met up with them for dinner and they told me how good it was. I had bought a reduced price ticket from Groupon for this movie back in March and still had not used it and decided that I would go ahead and use it on Saturday lest the movie leave the theater and my ticket go to waste.

It’s been a long while since I’ve gone to see a movie by myself – probably since before I dated Tony – so, at least three years. I forgot how much I enjoyed it. I got to the theater about 20 minutes before the movie started and got some popcorn to accompany my contraband Diet Coke, made a pit stop and found a seat. There were about 20 or so people in the theater to see the film, which kind of surprised me since the movie has been out so long. I assume it must be doing okay otherwise it would have been off the screen by now.

The movie stars Lance Armstrong’s buddy and sometimes running partner, Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller, aka The Lincoln Lawyer. He’s a hot shot lawyer in LA with a quirky personality and a witty mouth. In the beginning of the movie, an acquaintance of his encourages him to take the case of Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillipe), a rich kid who has been booked for beating a girl. The movie goes on from there – Mickey and his investigator dig into Roulet’s past, and discovers some shocking secrets. Haller goes on to begrudgingly defend Roulet and gets caught up in a bit of a mess of his own.

I don’t want to give much more away in case you plan to go see this film. The movie is based on a book of the same name by Michael Connolly. I have not read the book and therefore cannot make the comparison between novel and film. There were a lot of twists and turns in this film that I did not see coming. My heart raced and I held my breath throughout the majority of the film because I just knew something crazy was going to happen, and it sometimes did. From beginning to end this movie had me on the edge of my seat. I constantly wondered what was going to happen next and the final surprise scene, I certainly didn’t see coming.

I don’t know how much longer this movie will be in theaters since its release date was March 18; with the summer blockbuster starting on Memorial Day Weekend, I wouldn’t think it will be around much longer. So, if you get a chance to hit the theaters this weekend and are looking for a thriller, check this movie out. You will not be disappointed.


Melissa said...

We saw this movie on opening night in Nashville. My hubby's boss and Michael Connelly are brothers. So, he reserved a theater for all of us to see it together. It was the first movie theater movie I'd seen since Megan was born...4 years ago! What a great movie to end that drought with. I loved it!

Erika said...

Perhaps I'll have to go see this one!

Anonymous said...

Tim and I read Michael Connelly's books in fact we are listening to one right now. We thought the movie was very good and hope that they produce another Michael Connelly with Haller in the movie.
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