‘Lincoln Lawyer’ DVD Review

A review by G-FUNK

Director: Brad Furman

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillipe, William H. Macy

Plot: A smooth talking lawyer who manages his business out of the back of a chauffeured Lincoln is approached by a rich client facing severe charges.

Review: I generally don’t rent movies with Matthew McConaughey in them. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe it’s because he rubs me up the wrong way. Maybe he doesn’t make movies that fit my preferred genre. Maybe it’s because every movie poster I see him on features him leaning backwards with a shit-eating grin with his over-sized head looking oddly like it’s going to wobble and fall off.

This poster clearly had a different vibe going for it – not that playing a hotshot lawyer is something new for him but the blurb was intriguing. The unexpected part is that the actual plot when it gets rolling is more interesting than what is sold on the cover. What’s original in this lawyer adventure is that the defense finds out that their client is not only guilty, but a serial offender, and they’re obliged to maintain confidentiality and build a defense case. Phillipe, who keeps pretty quiet these days, puts in a surprisingly sinister turn managing to steal the spotlight in almost every scene that he’s in.

Some men are born to play violent sex offenders.

The story moves along at a steady pace with plenty of twists and turns that keep things interesting and engaging. You really get the sense that the lawyer is truly in a dangerous position without a clear escape path. Although the ending is stretched out longer than needed after the conclusion it is still a satisfying story.

If there’s one major problem with the film it’s with ol’ bobblehead up there. The guy over-acts, and since he’s leading the film he drags it down a notch with him. This becomes especially grating whenever a scene requires subtlety and he’s lurching around the room grimacing and hamming and taking over-played swigs of booze. Tone it down a bit mate.

Between the decent story and the over-acting, the quality levels out a bit.

SIX outta TEN

In this scene he was instructed to appear 'thoughtful'. He over-acted.