The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

Sometimes I watch movies knowing nothing about them other than the fact that they exist.  This is one of them, and so it was with disbelief that I watched the cast list at the beginning and saw that both Matthew McConaughey AND Josh Lucas were in it.  Finally, I would have definitive proof against my own theory that they are in fact the same person.  Yes I know, they don’t look very much alike or sound exactly the same or anything, but I had never seen them together in the same room and they are so similar that it was disconcerting to me.

The joke was on me though, since every scene they were in together (and there weren’t that many, Lucas shows up about halfway through the movie or later) seemed orchestrated to not provide concrete evidence that they were different people.  It was like someone made a movie with them both in it but then set up scenes so it was like the original Parent Trap where the characters were on opposite sides of the screen and you could almost see a seam down the middle of the screen.  It made me think that most of the $40 million dollar budget was used for effects to continue to carry on the illusion that these were, in fact, two different people.  They never really physically interacted when both of their faces were onscreen at the same time, either!  I know, you don’t care about my lunatic theories, but I remain unconvinced.

The movie?  Oh yeah, it was surprisingly decent in my estimation.  Again, I knew nothing about it going in, and had thought for a minute that it might be a genre picture about Abraham Lincoln after he passed the bar and the alternate American history that would create.  McConaughey is a dashing leading man, even though at times his character definitely seemed greasy.  Loads of name actors in this too, most of them just doing some good character acting.  It’s almost a crime that “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston was in the movie for about five minutes, but again, that’s the part.

Ryan Phillipe used my genuine dislike of him to great advantage, pulling off his role of being the accused criminal quite well.  Everyone else I’ve tagged for this movie had decent bit parts, some bigger than other, but this film – aside from McConaughey – is essentially an ensemble courtroom thriller.  Well-made too.

4 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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