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Michael Clayton ()

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featuring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Michael O'Keefe

Michael Clayton (George Clooney) handles all of the dirty work for a major New York law firm, arranging top-flight legal services and skirting through loopholes for ethically questionable clients. But when a fellow "fixer" decides to turn on the very firm they were hired to clean up for, Clayton finds himself at the center of a conspiratorial maelstrom. Once an ambitious D.A., Clayton is now a shell of his former dynamic self, thanks to a divorce, an unfortunate business venture, and astronomical debt. Though he longs to leave the cutthroat, ethically dubious world of corporate law behind, Clayton's poor financial situation and devotion to firm head Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack) leave him little choice but to remain on the job and tough it out. Meanwhile, litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) finds her entire company's future hinging on the outcome of a multi-billion-dollar settlement overseen by Clayton's friend, star lawyer Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson). When Edens snaps and decides to blow the whistle on the questionable case, sabotaging the defense, Clayton must decide between his loyalty and his conscience. Jason Buchanan, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
greebs

Competent, but not amazing.

by greebs on Mar 11, 2008

I'm not quite sure how this film got nominated for Best Picture, nor why Tilda Swinton won for her supporting role. It's a story about a lawyer (Clooney) who is the "fix-it" guy for his firm. Swinton plays the lead counsel for a large conglomerate who is troubled by the choices her job is forcing her to make, while Clooney is realizing that the case is bigger than it first appeared. None of this is unchartered territory, but the film is done in a highly competent manner, looks great and features very solid acting. It's just far short of an amazing film, and you shouldn't expect it to be that. However, if you are looking for an enjoyable legal thriller with very solid acting, Michael Clayton is a great film for you.

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