Matthew McConaughey has made the leap from being an action star to a leading man role in his films. He has been on the national scene as a cowboy hat wearer. Now he's the star of the new action film, Dallas Buyers Club, and the upcoming biopic of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Played by Matthew McConaughey, Mick Haller is a charismatic criminal defense attorney who mostly practices out of his own Lincoln Continental sedan. Mick is always on the lookout for the guilty person, even if it means kidnapping, fraud or murder. With his team of lawyers, he strives to defend every individual who crosses his path. He seems to be the quintessential “good guy with a good way of doing things.”
But soon, it becomes clear that what makes Mick's life so easy and successful is something entirely different. He is also dealing with an unstable past and a cheating wife. Soon, it becomes clear that no matter how he tries to defend the people he works with, he is doomed. One day, his Lincoln convertible, which he has invested so much in, is taken out by a group of bank robbers, killing him and everyone inside. He was only a Lincoln lawyer before then, but now he has become just another victim.
As the credits roll in Dallas Buyers Club, it is clear that Matt's Lincoln Continental, which he had painstakingly cared for, has been replaced with a newer model. It has been gutted of everything that made it unique. The interior is bare and the seats have been removed. The wheels are rust-free, and the interior is gleaming. The car has become almost indistinguishable from a new car.
What does this mean for Mick? It means he has lost everything that made him a likable and admirable figure in the legal world. He is no longer a lawyer in the true sense of the word. He has become simply a victim. A victim whose crimes are too complex for a legal system designed to be able to handle them.
In a way, Matthew McConaughey is a victim of circumstances. His Lincoln Continental is no longer his to control. After he loses it to a group of robbers, his only options are to go to a dealership where his car will be repaired or to continue on his journey toward redemption.
In the end, it becomes clear that in the end, no one is going to be able to stop his journey towards redemption. It is no longer his problem. No one can do anything for him. No matter how hard he tries. He is left with no other choice.
As we saw in Lincoln, everything that makes someone likable is destroyed. And in this case, everything that made Matthew McConaughey likable is gone. He is no longer capable of defending others or of being an example to those who are just starting out. In turn, he is no longer capable of being an example to himself.