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Michael Clayton
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Directed By
Tony Gilroy

Written By:
Tony Gilroy

George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Michael O'Keefe, Ken Howard, Denis O'Hare, Robert Prescott, Merritt Wever, David Lansbury, Bill Raymond, David Zayas, Skipp Sudduth, Angelo Bonsignore, Brian Coleman, Peggy Friend, Pamela Gray, Amy Hargreaves, Neal Huff, Brian Koppelman, Doug McGrath, Chris McMullin, Stewart Summers, Julie White, Schuster Vance, Steven Weisz, Kevin Cannon, Jack Fitz, Emelie Jeffries, Sarah Nichols, Richard Hecht, Brad Lee Wind, Maggie Siff, Austin Williams, Clem Cheung, Katherine Waterston, Village, Rachel Black, Pun Bandhu, Remy Auberjonois, Christopher Mann, Terry Serpico, Sean Cullen, Alberto Vazquez, Susan McBrien, Lisamarie Costabile, Heidi Armbruster, Hiram Chan, Gregory Dann, Matthew Detmer, Susan Egbert, Sam Gilroy, Timothy Joliat, Paul Oquist, Jason Strong, Kimmy Suzuki, Cathy Diane Tomlin, Lisamarie Costabile

Michael Clayton (2007)
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Movie Review by Chris
October 12th, 2008

'Michael Clayton' is a great thriller, no doubt about that what so ever. The only major problem I had though, and its not a flaw about the movie, it's just the fact that there is a lot going on at one time and I was tired while watching it so it was hard for me to pay to much attention to it. Directed by Tony Gilroy, this is actually his first movie as a director, which is surprising since he has written films like The Bourne Ultimatum and The Devils Advocate. For a first time director, and writing his own movie, he does a fantastic job with so many elements. George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Sydney Pollack and Tilda Swinton all star in here, and all of their acting skills are up there and they each do an amazing job. Overall, 'Michael Clayton' is a great thriller, but you must pay a lot of attention to it in order to fully enjoy it.

Michael Clayton is Mr. Fix-It for his law firm, Kenner, Back and Odeen. A former District Attorney, Clayton uses his contacts in the police and the criminal justice system to bail out the firm's wealthy corporate clients. When one of the firm's senior partners, Arthur Edens, has a nervous breakdown while taking a deposition in a lawsuit against a major agrochemicals company, Clayton is dispatched to bring him home. What Clayton soon learns is Edens not only has doubts about defending the lawsuit but that the company may be acting on its own to ensure a positive outcome.

George Clooney stars as Michael Clayton, a "janitor" who cleans up cases. George has always been known to take complicated roles and characters and transforming them into more reality based people. Starring in 'Michael Clayton' cant be an easy job, even if we are talking about George Clooney because this movie takes things so far its ridiculous. There is a lot of story which revolves around Micheal but its never really explored, so that keeps some thing interesting because were always wanting to know why he does this or why he does that. He does have brother and sisters, plus an ex-wife and a son, but none of this is fully explained. Working along side George Clooney is Tom Wilkinson, who I previously saw in The Exorcism of Emily Rose. It seems that Tom is always getting the strange characters which take a lot of thinking about to understand. In 'Michael Clayton' he plays what I would call a psycho. He's insane and actually takes medicine for his problems, but he's smart, sometimes smarter then Clayton is. His whole job is to take down this company and he begins to do a good job, until he gets careless and destroys his whole plan.

Tilda Swinton plays as Karen Crowder, who is almost literally battling against Micheal to keep her company alive. She tries to work with Arthur and stop him from showing the real truth about the company. I dont know if I exactly love her performance or not because she seemed to copy heavily off what other actresses and actors did before her. I mean, she is a great actress and has a lot of potential but this role seemed tough on her. Shes not seen to much through the whole movie but she seemed stale to me.

I dont know what genre 'Michael Clayton' should be put into because its nowhere near being an action movie. There is one explosion which is shown twice, but the rest of the movie is about story and character. It is a thriller indeed, a very good one at that. One thing I didnt really like was how expanded and overtold the story was, like there was just way to much that we begin to lose focus for whats going on. The script is great, I mean it is written by Tony Gilroy, so it felt a lot like a Bourne movie. As a director, Tony nails it all. Instead of throwing the camera around and shaking it in peoples faces, he approaches it calm and smooth. The pace was really slow and there was a small problem for me because it felt as if the movie dragged on forever.

'Michael Clayton' is a great movie and a great directorial debut from Tony Gilroy. The performances were awesome and though the slow pace and complex story annoyed me, I still really cant hate this movie. Check it out, its worth it.

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