In the hit thriller “The Lincoln Lawyer,” Matthew McConaughey plays an energetic and colorful defense lawyer who practices law in the Lincoln, Nebraska district. Known for his sharp intellect, charismatic personality, and his own unique style of legal representation, he quickly becomes the focus of viewers' attention in the film's suspenseful storyline.
Mick Haller (Andrew Garfield) is a passionate defense attorney who practices law from his Lincoln Continental sports sedan. Mick spends a lot of his time representing bottom-feeders and petty criminals, so it's no surprise when he acquires the case of a lifetime: defending an ambitious Hollywood star (Ryan Phillippe) who's charged of multiple counts of attempted murder in Beverly Hills. But what Mick initially perceives as an open-and-closed case with a small amount of money on the line becomes something more sinister: a deadly case.
In order to win his case, Matthew McConaughey must overcome the formidable forces that are arrayed against him. The first and foremost, however, he must convince the jury that Ryan Phillippe is not guilty of the charges filed against him. With a great deal of evidence against Ryan Phillippe being false and misleading, he must convince the jury that Ryan Phillippe did not commit any crimes.
After making this convincing argument, Matthew McConaughey must then convince the jury to convict Ryan Phillippe of all charges. He has to convince the jury that Ryan Phillippe is truly guilty of all the charges leveled against him, and that he should receive a harsher punishment than the ones he would be able to receive if convicted. If Ryan Phillippe receives the maximum penalty allowed by law, his sentence will be life imprisonment, making him ineligible for parole.
In order to make the most out of the situation, Matthew McConaughey must continue to prove to the jury that Ryan Phillippe's guilt. With each piece of evidence he finds against him, he tries to find a way to make his case stronger. He also constantly tries to prevent his client from getting away with any possible leniency given to him by the judge in the case.
As the film unfolds, Matthew McConaugheys' skills as a defender become more apparent. This is not only because he has become so skilled at his job; it is also because he uses his skills well to convince the jury that he is the best person to defend a case. His performance is a remarkable portrayal of what defense attorneys in the real world go through every day.