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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 Jessica Film Junkie
February 16th, 2008

Recalls the Giants of the 70's

Many have heralded this as a return to the political thrillers of the 70's, and I couldn't agree more. Though 'Clayton' does have hints of the corporate popcorn fests of the 90's as well, it leans more toward the classics like 'All The President's Men' and 'Network'.

The story follows a lawyer (Tom Wilkinson) who goes off the deep end and the titular "miracle worker" shark (George Clooney) who must clean up the mess but ends up entangled in a much deeper issue involving a sketchy lawyer (Tilda Swinton) and her questionable company.

Clooney plays Clayton not as the over-confident Danny Ocean we have grown familiar with, but as a broken man chained to a job that doesn't mean much to him and living out a life that he doesn't really fit into. Wilkinson is fantastic as the man who could have it all, but is instead caught up in the paranoias of his mental issues. Swinton is once again as powerful and strange as she always is. It is great to see her in such a "regular" role, as it really shows what an odd and incredible actress she is. All three are nominated for Oscars and all three deserve it.

It is a small film in a year of large personalities ('There Will Be Blood', 'No Country For Old Men' and 'Juno'), but it speaks to the desperate undercurrent of capitalism in today's America.

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