Michael Clayton
I’m soooo hungry!

Theatrical Release Date: 10/12/2007
Director: Tony Gilroy
Cast: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O’Keefe, Sydney Pollack, Tilda Swinton

I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone reading this, because it is definitely worth the time spent watching it. But that is rather difficult, and here’s why: most movies have a climax in the middle of the third act, then there are some summary scenes and the crowd goes home happy. This movie isn’t like that–the last 2 minutes of the movie are the entire payoff–it features two actors at the top of their game going at it … and as I mentioned before it is well worth it.

But to truly enjoy and digest something as delicious as that scene, the table needs to be set correctly, and this movie does an admirable job of that. George Clooney plays the eponymous character, who is a problem solver for a high powered law firm. And he has problems a plenty – his personal life is spent juggling a gambling compulsion, a failed marriage, and a failed business. His professional life is no less grim – the senior partner has gone off the reservation and a cutthroat lawyer (Tilda Swinton) for the chemical giant his firm represents has targeted the both of them.

The story is tight, and almost disturbingly realistic. The top notch camera work really enhances this, and the settings only enhance the drama. Throughout the film, things are falling apart, and it’s an exercise watching Michael Clayton operate to stop the next thing from breaking being him. This of course leads to the aforementioned final scene…with George Clooney and Tilda Swinton facing off over millions of dollars.

This is kind of a short review, but watch the movie. It’s good. I give “Michael Clayton” a solid 4 out of 5.