It is fair to say that Matthew McConaughhey has made his fair share of weak chick flicks. This is definitely not one of them. This movie is slick, involves a good courtroom drama, and has various twists and turns. One could say that this is the best drama Matthew has ever done, and he is rightly getting some recognition for his acting in this film. The film as well has an excellent supporting cast. One could have wished for more of a part for the splendid Marisa Tomei. William Macy and Josh Lucas are first rate in their roles as well.
But for an hour and 59 minutes the focus is squarely on Mickey Haller (McConaughhey) a defense lawyer who works out of the back of his Lincoln Continental. Americans frankly don’t understand the advocacy system of justice very well. It is the job of lawyers to argue a case for their client or against the person that is being prosecuted. They are advocates, rhetoricians, not judges or juries. The truth of the matter is to be sorted out by judges and juries. Yes, lawyers must play by certain rules, and Haller knows how to bend them more than a slinky bends. But their job is in essence to do the best job they can to present the best case scenario possible for their client. But what happens when you find out, in the middle of things that the client you are defending is not merely a snake but a murderer, and the attorney client privilege prevents Haller from disclosing all sorts of things he has learned about his client.