Matthew McConaugheyâ€™s inconsistent career has been highlighted by such gems as â€œDazed and Confusedâ€ and â€œLone Star,â€ but has also been marred by a slew of flops.
In his latest film â€œThe Lincoln Lawyer,â€ McConaughey returns to form as Los Angeles defense attorney Mickey Haller, a man with no moral compass out to work for the highest bidder.
Haller defends a wide array of L.A. scum, including a shady Beverly Hills playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who gets locked up for rape and attempted murder. What begins as a seemingly ordinary case becomes more complicated and more personal than Haller could have imagined. Â
The film boasts an exceptional cast around its leads, with Marisa Tomei playing Hallerâ€™s pugnacious ex-wife and Willam H. Macy as the private investigator helping with Hallerâ€™s case. Bryan Cranston of â€œBreaking Badâ€ fame and John Leguizamo also put in solid performances.
â€œThe Lincoln Lawyerâ€ is a promising sign of McConaugheyâ€™s resurgence in the industry, and gives the hope that he is still fully capable as an actor. Although his patented smug routine is still here, it actually works to establish a well-rounded character.
He takes this unconventionally serious role and with the help of a strong supporting cast, provides a solid piece of entertainment to ring in the spring movie season.
Be sure to look out for director Brad Furmanâ€™s future work. He has only done two feature films but he has shown that heâ€™s got potential.
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