Matthew McConaughey has arrived. He carries this movie. His presence makes this movie happen. He is the spark that lights this movie’s fire.
And this is not hyperbole. Mr. McConaughey’s performance is energetic, engaging and entertaining.
He manages to project street-smarts and style; he is smart but not slick; he’s realistic but not cynical; he is sensitive but not mushy.
Another surprise is Ryan Phillippe’s excellent performance which also adds considerably to the movie’s entertainment value as his character spars with Mr. McConaughey’s.
Although the story itself is a variation of the detective-who-done-it genre, the effective manner in which the story unfolds coupled with the excellent acting makes this story well-worth watching.