- Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Josh Lucas, Ryan Phillippe, Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Michaela Conlin, Bryan Cranston, Margarita Levieva, Katherine Moennig, Frances Fisher, Shea Whigham, Michael Peña, Bob Gunton, Michael Paré, Laurence Mason, Pell James, Eric Etebari, Trace Adkins, Mackenzie Aladjem, David Castro, Javier Grajeda, Reggie Baker, Yari De Leon, Donnie Smith, Sam Upton
- Director: Brad Furman
- Writers: John Romano, Michael Connelly
- Producers: Sidney Kimmel, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Scott Steindorff, Richard S. Wright
- Co Producer: Ted Gidlow
- Executive Producer: David Kern
- Castings: Deborah Aquila, Mary Tricia Wood
- Costume Design: Erin Benach
- D.O.P.: Lukas Ettlin
- Editor: Jeff McEvoy
- Makeup: Christien Tinsley
- Music: Cliff Martinez
- Production Design: Charisse Cardenas
- Set Decoration: Nancy Nye
Matthew McConaughey stars as Michael “Mick” Haller, a slick, charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental sedan.
Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter-variety criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime: defending a rich Beverly Hills playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempted murder.
However, what initially appears to be a straightforward case with a big money pay-off swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation and a crisis of conscience for Haller.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Some violence, sexual content and language
- Production Budget: $40 million
- Production Companies: Lakeshore Entertainment, Lionsgate, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Stone Village Pictures
- Production Schedule: 6 July 2010 - September 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Though the title sounds like a John Grisham adaptation, this is actually based on the first novel in Michael Connelly's novel series featuring Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. Should the film perform well, this could turn out to be a potential franchise for Lionsgate as there are three further books featuring Haller, not to mention plenty of spin-off potential with his half-brother and Connelly's most famous creation - L.A. police detective Harry Bosch.
This marks the second feature from "The Take" filmmaker Brad Furman who is utilising a script by "The Beast" producer John Romano. Though the story looks fairly predictable, the trailer nonetheless impresses with McConaughey slipping back into "A Time to Kill" easy charm mode while Ryan Phillippe looks to be having a ball as a slimy rich kid.
Legal thrillers like the Grisham adaptations generally seem to have disappeared from the cineplex, probably because a lot of their elements have now been incorporated into various television shows which can do them better thanks to the time available to develop the cases and characters properly. Still, the genre didn't cost much to produce and delivered solid returns which any studio would be stupid to ignore in tight economic times like these.
One person is already a fan though, Connelly himself. After watching a rough cut of the film in November, the author said "I saw an unfinished cut of it and could not be happier. I thought it was very loyal to the story and the character of Mickey Haller. Matthew McConaughey nails him. Those who loved the book will love the movie, I think. Those who don't know the book will love it just the same.""