Lincoln Lawyer, The

Featured In Issue 159, September 2011

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In The Lincoln Lawyer, attorney Mick Haller (McConaughey), after spending most of his career defending gutter-variety criminals, takes on a case that could land him a real office, instead of running his practice out of his old Lincoln. Haller reaches a crisis of conscious, though, while working on the defense of Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet (Phillippe). Roulet is charged with attempted murder, and what appears to be a straightforward case with a big payoff escalates into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation. Based on the novel by Michael Connelly. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes Making The Case (HD 13:40) and Michael Connelly: At Home On The Road (HD 10:16), "One On One with McConaughey and Novelist Michael Connelly" (HD 05:28), four deleted scenes (HD 04:07), up-front previews, and a digital copy of the film.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is set with a hazy Los Angeles backdrop, but otherwise, the imagery is sharp with excellent resolution, especially during interior segments. Fine detail is impressive throughout, whether during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, or object textures. The color palette is naturally hued with realistic fleshtones and, at times, strong hues. Blacks are deep and solid, and shadow delineation is revealing. Overall, this is a pleasing visual experience that projects a realistic, natural feel. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is conventional, except for the application of the added two channels, which is virtually limited to the recording of the orchestral music score and occasional atmospheric sound effects. Still, the result is fuller soundfield envelopment. The rap segments are nicely recorded with excellent fidelity. The added two channels are positioned in the far back surrounds, rather than at the preferred 90-degree side channel position. Dialogue is always intelligible but not always perfectly integrated spatially. Bass extension is limited in terms of active .1 LFE energy but otherwise sounds full and solid. The soundtrack is always supportive of the progressive unfolding of the story, which is effective at enhancing the suspense. (Gary Reber)