George Clooney already has one acting Oscar to his name, and its unsurprising that immediately after the release of Michael Clayton
, there were many arguing he was deserving of a second. For without a doubt, as impressive as the film is, its very much Clooney who powers this one forward.
Written and directed by Tony Gilroy, who previously adapted the Bourne movies for the big screen, Clooney takes the title role as a lawyer who goes in to do the jobs that, bluntly, nobody else wants to know about. And before long, Clooney discovers a cover-up that proves to be a mighty challenge to uncover, and one the inevitably conflicts him as a result.
Aided by a superb supporting cast that includes the likes of Sydney Pollack, Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton at its best is a tense and effective thriller, written and directed steadfastly well by Gilroy. Its not without a few problems, most notably a comparably weak conclusion and one or two underdeveloped characters. But its still a worthwhile film, and very much worth seeking out to simply enjoy a terrific performance from a Hollywood leading man who absolutely refuses to shy away from edgier roles. Long may he continue to do so. --Jon Foster
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