Friday, April 1, 2011

You're Nobody Until Somebody Shoots You

Lately there haven't been any movies I've been dying to go to the multiplex to see.  So there hasn't been much fodder for the blog except for what I've watched on Netflix. But sometimes the small screen gets tired and I just want to see something on the big screen.  So I did a little research today and had to make a decision between Insidious and The Lincoln LawyerInsidious is a horror film from the same guys who made Saw and it has gotten good reviews.  But I decided I wanted to be entertained more than I wanted to be scared.  Because I am a lawyer, I'm usually wary of movies about lawyers. When I took a look at the cast list for The Lincoln Lawyer, however, I was sold: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillipe, John Leguziamo, Josh Lucas, and one of my favorite actors William H. Macy.  So I caught the 7p show and was not at all disappointed. 

McConaughey plays a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who essentially works out of the backseat of his Lincoln (which he can't drive because his license is revoked and he drinks like a fish).  His clients are addicts, bikers, and your everyday murderers.  He seemingly hits pay dirt when he gets called into represent a rich playboy--Phillipe-who has been accused of beating a prostitute almost to death.  Something's not quite right with this new client or with the representation. The plot unfolds quickly from there, teeming  with court room drama (including jailhouse snitches), intrigue, and a few thrilling twists.  

The thing I liked instantly about this movie was the music--smooth R&B and old school hip-hop.  It fits McConauhghey's character because even though he's a white man and a lawyer, there's something "street," yet smooth about him and how he lawyers.  This adds to the grittiness of the film.  It's not a lifestyle of a highbrow lawyer, but this guy knows what he's doing.  And the tone of the film felt real.  For the court rooms looked real--no dark mahogany and ominous portraits on the walls, but wood paneling and folding chairs--the place where all of humanity from all walks of life are tried and judged.  And although I could pick out some things that would never happen in the real legal world, the story was compelling enough for me to be engaged and entertained.  I don't know why this film hasn't gotten more publicity, but if it's playing near you, check it out. [If you need more of an incentive, I guarantee the title of this post will make much more sense when you do see it.]

The Lincoln Lawyer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
In the meantime enjoy Erick Sermon's "Music" which is featured on The Lincoln Lawyer soundtrack.--------->

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