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Legal Movies of 2011

Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 4:01PM

     As we suffer through the long, cold winter here in East Central Florida, well, all two weeks of it, it’s time to take a look back at the best law-related movies of 2011.

     Sadly, while you can rent them all, it won’t cost you much at a Redbox. There were really only four movies that involved lawyers or legal action (that you might have heard of). In a year that gave us Beverly Hills Chihuahua II, the film moguls apparently took a big pass on courtroom dramas. The Daytona Beach attorneys of Seitz & Tresher deplore this development.

     Many of you can just pull out your copy of the Verdict and watch it again, others may prefer something more modern, and so you can reach back to 2010 and get Conviction. Not a great movie, but Hilary Swank turns in her usual great acting performance as the woman who works her way through law school to represent her wrongly convicted brother.

     Of course, the big legal movie of 2011 was the Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey, who apparently likes legal movies. So, you immediately think the movie has something to do with the 16th president. Nope, it refers to McConaughey working out of his Lincoln. He takes on a less than noble client and then discovers something from his past. You’ll have to find out the rest yourself.

     The Conspirator, on the other hand, does involve the 16th president, or rather his death. The story centers around the only woman charged in the assassination, the owner of the boarding house where the plot was laid out, and her defense in court.

      The other two movies involve lawyers, but not in the courtroom. J. Edgar, of course, is the biopic about the longtime FBI director played by Leonardo Dicaprio who is getting really good at playing historic figures.

     The Adjustment Bureau involved the legal system even less. It does involve corporate lawyers, but that’s about it. You’ll just have to watch it to find out how Philip K. Dick had a really unusual way of looking at life. Dick is the late science fiction writer whose books that have been turned into movies include the classic futuristic thriller Blade Runner.

     At Seitz & Tresher, of course, we don’t do much in the way of reviewing movies. But if you need help with a possible case of personal injury or wrongful death, you can consult with our Daytona Beach attorneys.

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