Based on the 2005 novel by Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer features a seemingly disreputable lawyer, Mickey Haller, who works out of his car, a Lincoln, to ease his overhead. He has a driver because he had his license suspended (we’re not told exactly why) but is keeping him on even after his suspension finished, which immediately casts him in a better light. He is a master manipulator, getting extra fees from his biker client for a non-existent witness coming into town, setting up a fake press reporter to impress a non-criminal lawyer whose client has requested him, and staying calm when he realizes his own gun has been stolen to kill his own investigator. When a high profile case falls into Haller’s lap, it seems like an important step up for him. Wealthy realtor, Louis Roulet, accused of assault, rape, and attempted murder, convinces Haller of his innocence, and the evidence the DA has doesn’t seem very compelling until Haller realizes part of his file has been replaced and the case reminds him of another case he had where his client, convicted, is now waiting on death row. The master manipulator has been manipulated into defending someone who is guilty of both the current crime, and the previous one (where the victim actually died) with no apparent way to do the right thing because of lawyer/client confidentiality. This plot has many twists and turns, our hero’s family is threatened, and he can’t break confidentiality to save his previous client. The way Haller manipulates the system to pull this one off came right out of left field! This was a great movie — full of suspense and surprises, great acting from Matthew McConaughey — and well worth watching. * * * * *
The DVD of The Lincoln Lawyer is available at Amazon.