Mystery writer Michael Connelly's series of spin-off books provides the basis for this sturdy but rushed legal thriller. Matthew McConaughey ages nicely into the role of hotshot Los Angeles defense attorney Mick Haller. Mick's rolling office is his vintage Lincoln Continental (thus the title). He works out of the vehicle's backseat as his driver jockeys him to appointments. Mick lives his job from all angles.
Defendant Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) is the son of a
wealthy real estate saleswoman. The accused handpicks Mick to handle
his defense. It turns out that Roulet is intimately familiar with the
confidentiality aspect of attorney/client privilege. Like any other
defense client, Roulet swears his innocence. Phillippe is ideally
cast but isn't given enough screen time to fully flesh out his
multifaceted character. Yet The
is a thoroughly entertaining mystery thriller that leaves you wanting
more. I wouldn't be surprised to see it turn into a franchise. Grade: B
Opens March 18. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.