The Lincoln Lawyer Reviews
'The Lincoln Lawyer' was a very entertaining, well-made courtroom drama. It's well written, has good performances, and kept my attention throughout its (slightly overlong) run time. I suppose, the reason I'm not giving it a higher rating is simply because it didn't do anything particularly special. The mystery is interesting for the most part, but it's nothing you haven't seen before - and, really, that's this films biggest problem. It doesn't defy expectations, but instead simply meets them. And that's fine, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed watching this movie and was thoroughly entertained. But am I ever going to watch it again? Probably not. What this film needed was something unique - something to set itself apart from the rest. Although pretty much everything it does it does well, it doesn't do anything special. As an example of a similar movie, look at 'A Few Good Men'. That, too, is a simple courtroom drama - but it has many excellent features. You remember the performance from Jack Nicholson, the crisp dialogue, and that films final 20 minutes are firmly seated in movie history as some of the best, tensest courtroom drama - hell, just normal drama - ever put to film. This movie doesn't have anything like that. So, for the record, I liked this movie. It was good, maybe even really good - but it wasn't great. That's its only real problem, but it's a pretty big one.
Maybe my legal sense is poor, but why can't Haller drop Roulet as a client after he visits Martinez in San Quentin and realises he's been set up? I staggered through until the demise of William H Macy's character and then had no real reason to watch this one out. Plot too forced and ultimately unconvincing.