Michael Clayton

2007

Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

69
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 152754

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Director

Cast

Tilda Swinton as Karen Crowder
George Clooney as Michael Clayton
Tom McCarthy as Walter
720p.BLU
750.51 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 59 min
P/S 7 / 58

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 8 / 10

The law firm's janitor

In the title role of Michael Clayton, George Clooney is described by himself as exactly that. Whenever there's a big mess he's the one they send in to clean it up. The law firm under managing partner Sydney Pollack has a real mess on his hands. One of the firm's top attorneys Tom Wilkinson has gone off the deep end. He's representing a chemical company accused of poisoning people with a new insecticide they've developed. Cleaning up this mess might be just a baby sitting job with Wilkinson who mentored Clayton. But it has the potential to be worse because this company is guilty as sin and will do anything to limit the liability and keep their good name.

Michael Clayton was nominated for a flock of Oscars including Best Actor for George Clooney as a much flawed hero. Takes a while for the better angels of Clooney's nature emerge. Tom Wilkinson as the lawyer with both conscience and schizophrenia steals the acting honors though. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Michael Clayton got a flock of other nominations including Best Picture.

The film did take home one bit of Oscar gold. Tilda Swinton as one of the chemical company executives who also has an attack of conscience got a Best Supporting Actress Award. She's quite good herself.

The film is an interesting look at big business and the high priced lawyers they must retain to keep them out of trouble. Sad in some cases we have to rely on consciences coming to the fore for any justice at times.

Michael Clayton, a well done piece of cinema.

Reviewed by pearboy 4 / 10

painful...

Maudlin, incomprehensible, slow. I'm sorry I paid for this movie.

Reviewed by rightkeith 9 / 10

Just wow. Much Better the Second Time

I rarely rewatch movies. Especially ones I thought were just OK. I first saw Michael Clayton 10 years ago and thought it was decent, if not a little slow and confusing. I could tell it was intense, but didn't know why. Maybe I was too young to understand that large corporations have their own in-house counsel as well as outside legal consultants when involved with multi-billion dollar cases. so it wasn't until 2nd viewing when I kind of knew what to expect that I was able to appreciate everyone's motivations.

There is no hero to be found in Michael Clayton. Nothing is black and white. A bunch of people are mired in gray, and face extraordinary circumstances, and each is looking out for themselves.

The director gives the audience a lot of credit here. Nothing is spelled out. At one point Michael is being arrested for breaking into a crime scene; we are not told he has been ratted on, but know who did it. We don't need to be told that the two wine glasses in the refrigerator cement Michael's theory that his colleague was murdered and didn't OD. I wasn't familiar with Tony Gilroy, so was pleasantly surprised seeing his other projects included Rogue One (a rarely complex yet believable script for the Star Wars universe) and Bourne Identity.

I enjoyed this so much once I figured it out that it makes me want to go back and give Syriana another shot.

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