A look back at the Matthew McConaughey movie

Another more recent example is the new Netflix series, Lincoln’s attorney. reboot stars Seven WondersManuel Garcia Rulfo and ScreamNeve Campbell has a plethora of mysterious crimes and murders at her heart. It follows Mickey Haller (Garcia Rulfo), an ardent iconoclastic idealist who runs his Los Angeles legal practice from the back seat of his Lincoln, handling cases big and small.

Of course, it follows the same premise for the 2011 movie, but since it’s a TV series, it has more scope to embody dynamics and elements that movie fans haven’t been able to see. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that rebooting is better, or that both versions should be pitted against each other.

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Matthew McConaughey in the original 2011 film The Lincoln Lawyer.

Both are adapted from the 2005 novel of the same name by American crime writer Michael Connelly. In the case of the movie, though, the temptation Lincoln’s attorney It is undoubtedly Matthew McConaughey. Not in a creepy, nostalgic throwback to “look at how handsome he was” kind of way – but more so in the easy charm and drama he brings to the role.

The film, like the new series, focuses on criminal defense attorney Haller and his many clients, most of whom happily know their guilt, but nonetheless manage to win cases with relative ease.

It’s this kind of quiet, laid-back character that totally makes this role and the change in the film’s rhythm – arriving at some of its most dramatic moments – is evident enough to keep you watching.

While McConaughey is known for his smooth, catchy Southern charm, it’s not the only thing he brings to this performance. If you watched it in 1996 time to killYou’ll know McConaughey delivers heart-wrenching monologues about the state of the American judicial system in a way you can’t help but hold your breath.

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Mickey Haller (McConaughey) goes from defending low-paid criminals to wealthy Louis Roulette (Ryan Phillippe) in The Lincoln Lawyer.

In the film, Haller is tasked with defending a young millionaire heir who faces charges of brutal assault on a prostitute Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe). Titled, it’s a complete mummy boy and represents everything that goes wrong when you’re a young man worthy of your position in wealth and power.

Even Haller receives horrible reactions from him, prompting him to embark on his own investigation where he soon finds similarities to Roulette’s previous murders. Essentially, Haller has to go on to defend a man he knows is guilty – something he does regularly anyway – but he also has to expose the truth of the case in a way that won’t affect his life or career.

It raises the question of whether someone can truly detach themselves from their career when their personal morals and motives are so close to them. And what happens when a legal case moves from the courtroom to threats to your personal life?

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Matthew McConaughey and Maggie Macpherson as Mickey Haller and Marisa Tomei in The Lincoln Lawyer.

Haller is divorced and father of one and is still on good terms with his ex-wife, District Attorney Maggie McPherson (Marissa Tomei). They may differ on which side of the law they represent, but their commitment to protecting the victim is pushed to its limits throughout the film – especially when the discerning playboy Roulette sets out on a revenge mission against Haller’s ex-wife and daughter.

It’s the kind of movie that fits perfectly in the “crime movie” genre because it has everything you need from a great movie: a bloody crime at its core, an intriguing exploration of bigger themes – in this case, prostitution, white privilege, wealth and justice – with the protagonist (McConaughey) This is the right balance between career and comedy.

This doesn’t mean that the new Netflix series doesn’t have all of these qualities but sometimes the original’s scheme is followed for a reason – and Lincoln’s attorney It’s clearly the perfect starting point for new thriller inspiration.

Lincoln’s attorney (2011 film) is available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video. The new series is available to stream on Netflix now.

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