Matthew McConaughey ramps up his mojo playing Mick Haller, a street-smart attorney in "The Lincoln Lawyer." He clearly understands the fringes of society as he picks up clients charged with prostitution, assault and drug cases. The title refers to his use of a chauffeur-driven Lincoln Town Car as his mobile office.
But he really knows his way around the back corridors of the jail and courthouse, where he plies his sleazy trade. The sharp opening sequence provides a vivid cross section of the kinds of cases a street lawyer might encounter. But the story quickly centers around a very rich client charged with a brutal attack on a woman.
Ryan Phillippe plays the accused wealthy young man, who adamantly claims his innocence. Haller finds himself drawn into the melodrama of his client's life as the facts of the case unfold in unexpected ways. Haller's friends and family are put at risk as strange events occur. In the end, this is a well-made courtroom thriller with unusual twists and turns that keep it very interesting.