Michael Clayton (movie review)

Review time: Michael Clayton– this 2007 movie was written and directed by Tony Gilroy, who also wrote the Bourne movies. Its about a lawfirm that is defending a chemical company in a large lawsuit. The firm’s lead lawyer starts acting crazy, so the firm’s fixer, Michael Clayton, played by George Clooney, is brought in to help with the situation. Tom Wilkinson, of Batman Begins and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame, and Sydney Pollack play the other major roles to round out the more than solid acting.

As a forewarning the beginning is slightly confusing as to what is going on and how it pertains to the story, but within 20 minutes everything makes sense, and by the end everything is wrapped up nicely. There are some well done plot twists and turns, and I really enjoyed the logical ending.

 I especially enjoyed the cold, smooth way in which this movie was shot with the bluish tones. It makes you feel like you are part of the story but removes you emotionally from the story. That blended very well with the fact that to do Michael Clayton’s job you would have to remove yourself emotionally and be cold and calculating with your decisions.

Simply put, its a very good movie. I would highly recommend it, although it is two hours long and paced very slowly so definately bring your attention span.

Rating: 7.5/10


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