Michael Clayton (2007)

Michael Clayton (2007)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
  • Director: Tony Gilroy
  • Cast: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Sydney Pollack


Michael Clayton, a high-priced law firm’s fixer, leaves a late night poker game, gets a call to drive to Westchester, and watches his car blow up as he’s taking an impromptu dawn walk through a field. Flash back four days. He owes a loan shark to cover his brother’s debts (Michael’s own gambling habits have left him virtually broke). His law firm is negotiating a high-stakes merger, and his firm’s six year defense of a conglomerate’s pesticide use is at risk when one of the firm’s top litigators goes off his meds and puts the case in jeopardy. While Michael is trying to fix things someone decides to kill him. Who? Meanwhile his son summarizes the plot of a dark fantasy novel.

One comment

  • ‘Michael Clayton’ is a finely produced and directed picture but has nothing novel to add to the legal thriller. Rather disappointingly, it contains the usual tools which are used in such films. For one, you have the shady figures, those requested to assist in a dark, grisly manner and have all the technical know-how, bomb-making and murdering expertise to boot. Secondly, you have a piece of crucial evidence that is vital to the plot but is never straightforward to ascertain.

    As previously mentioned ‘Michael Clayton’ is well directed and its high production values certainly give the film an edge, however, it is the acting which makes ‘Michael Clayton’ just a bit more than the usual run-of-the-mill legal thriller. George Clooney charms his way through, Tom Wilkinson is thoroughly believable, and Tilda Swinton acts with aplomb, but how she won an Academy Award I cannot really fathom.

    An enjoyable and intelligent film, ‘Michael Clayton’ has all the qualities to make it memorable but it lacks a creative edge that would make it that much more superior to others within this genre.

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