Watched Lincoln Lawyer
3/5 (amazon 4.5 mostly high, imdb 7.4/10, rotten tomatoes 83%)
The way I remember the trailer, this is the story of an invincible defence attorney who's never lost a case that has a precondition "If you tell me the truth, and all of the truth, I'll get you off. Lie to me and I'll drop you and you'll go to jail" and he gets a client that lies to him that he can't drop and his career is in jeapordy and some of his other clients get screwed as he runs out of time to serve them as well ruining his entire life as well as theirs.
But that's not what happens.
It's a different story, but still a story.
Not a single fire breathing dragon.
Not a problem.
It has William H. Macy in a bit part -- which as I've mentioned in an earlier post, is all you need to kick any otherwise average film up a notch or two.
The ending reminded me of the Firefly quote "Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back."
When it was over I was trying to remember if it was suitable for some of my elderly relatives. I checked it out at
and I remember the violence, but I don't remember the foul language.
Marisa Tomei has a little sex scene, but I skipped over it at speed 10x as it's pointless and shouldn't have been in the film.
Smooth operator Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) zips around Los Angeles in his chauffeured Lincoln town car, cutting deals and finding clients on the road. Then he lands a doozy: a rich real-estate heir (Ryan Phillippe) accused of the brutal assault of an escort. At first, the case looks like a breeze, but odd details start nagging at Haller until he recognizes an ugly connection to an earlier case--and realizes he's been set up in the strangest way. There are some deep implausibilities in The Lincoln Lawyer, but they hardly matter. This is a movie that cruises on charm and smart casting, from McConaughey as a man whose glib polish is betrayed by a streak of doubt, down to the detectives (solid performances from Bryan Cranston, Michael Paré, Michaela Conlin, and others) and lowlifes (Katherine Moennig as an unlucky hooker, Shea Whigham as a lazy snitch) that flesh out the legal world. Every character pops out, clean and distinct; this sort of web-of-deceit story line, full of twists and turns, depends on the audience clearly connecting all the players. Some moments get overstated or maybe don't make complete sense, but the zippy pace carries the audience over those bumps. The Lincoln Lawyer could easily turn into a television series, a sort of Rockford Files-esque mixture of procedure and puzzle making. Also starring Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, Frances Fisher, John Leguizamo, and Josh Lucas