The Lincoln Lawyer is a well-written crime drama with superbly drawn characters.
His ex-wife (Marisa Tomei) is a prosecutor, and for a moment I worried that we were headed for a Adam’s Rib scenario, but fortunately the writers have too much sense for that. She always recuses herself from any case in which he is involved, and well she should since it is clear they still have a thing for each other.
Then he gets an unusual new client. Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) is a clean-cut rich boy offering a very large retainer. He’s charged with savagely beating a prostitute, but he claims he was framed. The case against him looks strong, but Haller has little trouble finding flaws in it. Maybe he really is innocent?