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Michael Clayton
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Reviewed on 2007-10-15
Received[3.5]  out of 4 stars
GenreDrama / Thriller

Michael Clayton kicks off this fall in a big way. Starring George Clooney as Michael Clayton, who is known as being “the fixer” at the law firm where he works. After one of his fellow attorneys strips down naked during a deposition he is sent to fix the problem. He meets up with Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson), who is not completely sane at the moment, but at the same time is trying to relay the message onto Michael regarding one of the biggest law suits the company has ever seen. While trying to deal with Arthur’s problems, Michael has a few demons of his own he is trying to deal with, including financial woes.

michael-clayton While dealing with his own troubles, Michael stumbles onto a gold mine. Realizing Arthur may not be a complete nut job, and has found proof. After the discovery of a red document suggesting that the client Michael has dedicated so much time to, is in fact not so innocent. Things only get worse when the Chief Counsel Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) discovers Michael has found this document and she will go as far as exterminating him to make sure the secret dies. Only problem is Michael has one up on her.

Clayton is an intelligent film with many twist and turns. Film is completed by sharp cinematography by Robert Elswit and a knock out performance by George Clooney. This film has your mind focused throughout, although the end was a little bleak, I was expecting more of a bang. Of course you can expect anything by Tony Gilroy to be an exciting tale. This film has appeal for a wide variety audience and turns out to be a huge hit. Audiences, beware you will be drawn in by Clayton and will be wondering days later why films are not all this good?

Review By: Jolene Mendez


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