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Movie Review: Michael Clayton October 10, 2007

Posted by judylobo in Movie Reviews, Politics.
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reviewblogpic1.jpgMovie Review: Michael Clayton

Alternate Title: Erin Brockovich meets The Insider

Story: I will not be evasive about this one. I loved this film. It is intelligent, stylish, tense, dark, well written, has great acting and it’s icy blue canvas chills you to the bone. This is the debut directorial piece of Tony Gilroy who also wrote the screenplay. Bravo Mr. Gilroy.

Michael Clayton is an in-house ‘fixer’ for a giant law firm. If any of it’s clients have messy problems he manages to make them go away. He is a conflicted character with a myriad of personal demons. The lawyer handling the firm’s largest class action case has a breakdown and Clayton is sent in to ‘fix’ the problem. The firm represents a giant chemical company against the small farmers suing for damages claiming the chemicals caused death and illness.

The film is about corporate greed versus the public need, conscience, morality, right and wrong. It is about the price we are willing to pay to be bought off. The themes are not new but the retelling of this morality tale is worth your time.

Be warned that you will have to pay attention and think. You should not take any popcorn or comfort breaks during this film.

Acting: George Clooney as Michael Clayton is first rate. He is not the cocky, handsome dude we sometimes see in those Ocean films. He is a complex, still very handsome dude who tackles enormous problems. Tom Wilkinson as the lawyer who breaks down turns in another terrific performance. Tilda Swinton as the chief counsel for the chemical company is brilliant. Sydney Pollack, Michael O’Keefe and Ken Howard are all first rate too. Great casting, all around.

Read the whole review on this 9 Lobo Howls film including these categories: Acting,  Predilection, Critters, Food, Sex Spectrum, Soundtrack, Opening Titles, Visual Art, Theater Audience, Weather, Sappy Factor, Quirky Meter, Squirm Scale, Drift Factor, Predictability Level,Tissue Usage, Oscar Worthy, Big Screen or Rental and Length.

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