After a law firm partner has a breakdown the firm brings in their “fixer” to get things back on track before losing a multi-million dollar contract representing a chemical company. As Michael Clayton, the fixer, works the problem he realizes there may be more going on than he realizes.
George Clooney (Michael), Sydney Pollack (Marty), Tom Wilkinson (Arthur), Michael O’Keefe (Barry), Tilda Swinton (Karen), Denis O’Hare (Mr. Greer), Julie White (Mrs. Greer), Austin Williams (Henry), Jennifer Van Dyck (Ivy).
Michael Clayton was a bit slow to start as the film delivered not only character background, but plot setup, and slowly built up to telling us a story. As the plot started moving, the suspense and mystery ramped up a bit and things got more interesting. Finally, with a couple of subplots in progress, the film really got moving and things started holding our attention. An energetic ending polished off the story nicely but left us wishing the energy had been present throughout the film.
Acting was pretty good with Clooney feeling right at home in his role and delivering pretty well. Wilkinson fit well as the somewhat crazy attorney that kept the plot together, while Sydney Pollack was definitely in type as passive aggressive antagonist. Swinton, O’Keefe, O’Hare and the remainder of the supporting cast rounded things out nicely.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done throughout with good attention to detail and film quality. Effects were minimal but good. Dialogue was nice, intricate at times, and key to making this film work as the visuals weren’t that stunning. Sound and soundtrack were well done in keeping with the technical quality of the film.
Overall Michael Clayton is a well done, if not overly detailed, crime thriller those enjoying a somewhat intricate plot will enjoy. Those wanting action or romance will probably be disappointed.
With some foul language, including sexual dialogue, this should be fine for older teens and above.
Michael Clayton is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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