The 2011 adaptation
of Michael Connelly
's 2005 novel of same title.
Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey
) is a comfortably Amoral Attorney
, gladly defending his lawless clientele even when he knows they're guilty. He is also extremely competent, and his services command substantial fees. His trademark: the beaten-up old Lincoln he rides around in. His willingness to defend known criminals has given him a reputation, and that reputation is about to get him tangled up in some serious trouble...
Enter Louis Roulet, a rich trust fund kid accused of attempting to rape and murder a young woman he met at a bar. With his wealthy parents' money, Roulet retains Haller as a lawyer. Roulet insists that he is absolutely innocent, but the young lady tells a different story. Within a few days revelations from both sides of the case send things spiraling out of control, and Mickey Haller finds himself and his loved ones in serious danger but unable to defend them due to the machinations of a brilliant criminal. But perhaps the would-be mastermind has underestimated the cunning of the Lincoln Lawyer...
The film is quite deliberately paced, starting very slowly and taking time to establish its characters, but ends in true thriller fashion with one shocking revelation and action sequence after another. Despite pairing this with a complex plot, the film was a modest financial success, more than making back its budget, and did very well with critics at the time of its release.
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