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Friday, April 27, 2012

Michael Clayton by Tony Gilroy, 2007 (R)

with George Clooney (The Descendants, Out of Sight, Up in the Air), Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Debt, Duplicity, The Ghost Writer, The Conspirator), Tilda Swinton (We Need To talk About Kevin, I am Love, Constantine), Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Ehle (The King's Speech), Ken Howard, Michael O'Keefe (Frozen River), Denis O'Hare (Milk, Duplicity), Robert Prescott, Sean Cullen, Merritt Wever, David Lansbury, Bill Raymond, David Zayas

Screenwriter Tony Gilroy delivers a finely tuned directorial debut with this dramatic thriller about burned-out corporate lawyer Michael Clayton (George Clooney), a man who's built his career on cleaning up other people's messes. When a guilt-ridden colleague (Tom Wilkinson) threatens the settlement of a multimillion-dollar case, Clayton faces his biggest challenge yet. Tilda Swinton nabbed an Oscar for her turn as a conflicted general counsel.

It is a very complex movie, essentially because of its script. Perhaps I should watch it again. I was impressed (again) by Tilda Swinton, in which she won an Oscar for best support actress, she was fascinatingly struggling to fix things and convince others of what she was even fearing for herself. The casting is impressive, heavy weight actors acting heavy weight businessmen, which is a match. It is impeccable, troubling, human and still, very much an inside look at business in a very cold way. Implacable.


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