Movie Review: THE LINCOLN LAWYER (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

THE LINCOLN LAWYER is based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly. The movie was directed by Brad Furman from a screenplay by John Romano and stars Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Trace Adkins, Frances Fisher, Bob Gunton,and Michael Paré, with Bryan Cranston and William H. Macy.

Mickey Haller is L.A.’s top criminal defense lawyer – a fast-living, freewheeling pro who does business out of the back seat of his classic Lincoln Town Car. He knows all the ins and outs of the legal system and how to exploit them to his clients’ advantage. But after agreeing to defend a wealthy young man accused of rape and murder, Mickey suddenly finds himself embroiled in a deadly game of violence, vengeance, and deception that threatens to not only end his career, but also his life.

The Lincoln Lawyer centers around Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey), this charismatic defense attorney who spends most of his time defending small-time crooks and petty criminals. Mick is a likable guy who has a lot going for him but he ends up putting his life, those he cares about, and his career at risk. He thinks he’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime to take this big case and defend Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a rich youg man who’s been accused of murder. It doesn’t take long for Mick to realize that he’s in way over his head and ends up being caught in a deadly game of lies and deceit with Louis being at the center of it all.

What happens is, Louis smoothed talked Mick into taking his case but he’s not as innocent as he claims to be. Louis turns out to be nothing more than a sinister manipulator who gets his kicks out of pulling people’s strings. Mick finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place because he has to keep his confidentiality agreement with his shady client while he looks for a different way to right some wrongs as he slowly distances himself from this toxic case. At first it looks like Louis is always one step ahead of Mick but the street smart attorney reaches out to a few friends for some much needed help and ends up fixing the mess he’s gotten himself into and delivering Louis the justice he so rightfully deserves. Nobody plays the game better than The Lincoln Lawyer.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this entire franchise like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, The Lincoln Lawyer ended up being a first time watch for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this gritty crime thriller. I’m not sure why I had never watched this one before but now I’m glad I finally had the opportunity because it’s a really good movie. It’s a fast-paced watch that is definitely story and character driven. I really liked the thought-provoking story that’s full of twists and director Brad Furman did a great job bringing it all to life on screen. Furman’s direction is complicated nicely by this amazing cast that’s led by an impressive performance by Matthew McConaughey who plays this likable lawyer with street cred that’s countered by an equally strong performance by Ryan Phillippe whose unlikable character is just full of surprises. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience, but this is also for the high-def loyalists because there’s a Blu-ray disc included for them as well. There’s also a digital copy that you can add to your Vudu library or whatever digital platform you use. The Lincoln Lawyer will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on August 15th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 119 Minutes

Rated: R

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras includethree behind-the-scenes featurettes, four deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Making the Case: Creating The Lincoln Lawyer” Featurette (13:40)
  • “At Home on the Road” Featurette with Michael Connelly (10:16)
  • “One On One” Featurette with Matthew McConaughey and Michael Connelly (05:28)
  • Deleted Scenes (04:07)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

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