Film Review: Michael Clayton

29 Sep

Plot: Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house “fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton’s firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.

The premise kinda reminds you of Erin Brockovich but if that film had spunk, this one unfortunately lacked it.

The film’s message is the realization of growing a conscience but it had to painstakingly maneuver itself through a barrage of a confusing plot -that eventually tied up nicely in the end- laughable dialogues and the first half really dragged. If they had cut it down to 90 minutes this would of been a taut thriller. I thought Clooney did quite a good job, his spiel in the end was fantastic, with surprising performances from Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson. 

Michael Clayton: 2.5/5…(read more…)

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