'The Lincoln Lawyer' a gritty and good thriller

The Lincoln Lawyer is a throwback, one of those old-fashioned thrillers made for adults.

Based on Michael Connelly's novel about a defense lawyer who works out of his luxury sedan as he rolls from courtroom to courtroom, it stars Matthew McConaughey as Mick Haller.

There is no other way to describe Haller but slick as he conducts business in the back of his chauffeured Lincoln Town Car with its "NT GUILTY" license plate. Representing mostly sleazebags, his only real concern is that he might find himself defending an innocent man, which is what client Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) claims to be.

The rich boy has been accused of the brutal beating and attempted rape of a call girl, and his Beverly Hills mom (Frances Fisher) is incensed that her son has been jailed. He's so convincing that Haller might believe him, and so he and his investigator (William H. Macy) take the case (and the money).

Directed by Brad Furman and written by John Romano, The Lincoln Lawyer has an appropriate gritty look as the action and plot twists and turns around Los Angeles. It's also filled with a terrific cast, including Marisa Tomei, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bryan Cranston and Michael Paré.

After starring in too many romantic comedies, McConaughey shows he knows how to create a three-dimensional character. He doesn't make Haller too charming, and he gives him enough edge that you buy it when he has to get nasty.

The Lincoln Lawyer retails for $29.95 or $39.99 on Blu-ray.