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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but rewarding
I agree that this is not a fast paced film, in this case I didn't mind that. It is an involving film and is probably based very much on real life, ie a large company that has the money and power to step on individuals. In this case though they don't necessarily get away with it due to some rather unusual events. It is a good intelligent film and I am happy to recommend it.
Published on 19 May 2008 by Charles G.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stylish but insubstantial
"Michael Clayton" is a moderately entertaining thriller about a New York legal "fixer" who gets embroiled in what turns out to be a sordid case involving a large multinational whose agricultural products are suspected of causing disease and death. A crazed lawyer defending the organisation uncovers incriminating evidence against them and Michael Clayton gets called in to...
Published on 8 May 2008 by L. Davidson


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but rewarding, 19 May 2008
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I agree that this is not a fast paced film, in this case I didn't mind that. It is an involving film and is probably based very much on real life, ie a large company that has the money and power to step on individuals. In this case though they don't necessarily get away with it due to some rather unusual events. It is a good intelligent film and I am happy to recommend it.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow-burning masterpiece of corruption, 29 Mar 2008
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This film takes time to build its characters, which must be why it has garnered some less positive reviews. Take the time to get involved - it's worth it. There IS a compelling storyline, and this, combined with first-class performances from Clooney, Swinton & Wilkinson, works to produce one of the best films to come out of America in years.

If you need crash, bang wallop every frame instead of every sixth frame, watch something else; for those with an interest in strong characterization, psychology and just a little social comment, sit back and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burn..., 7 April 2008
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I agree with many that this film is, perhaps a bit slow to start off, but then, that's what corruption and the greed it stems from are... insidious. This was seen very clearly in the Karen character...Anything...ANYTHING to hang on to the status she has worked so hard (one gets the feeling) and given up so much (ditto) for! Clooney is alswyas "watchable" and gives an excellent performance here. No, it's true that this is not a fast paced movie like, say, Die Hard or other action movies and perhaps that is what troubles some of the reviewers have with it. But, as they say, "still waters run deep"-here, much deeper than any action flick because, horrible as the all out carnage of the "shoot 'em up" action movie, the cold precision and complete indifference of the professional hit and the impartiality of those who order it is chilling and even...evil. Worth your time if you don't mind there not being any blood and gore.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Thriller- Great Performances, 5 Nov 2008
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The plot outline of "Michael Clayton" is not new. A man who has lost his way finds redemption by doing the right thing in the end.
What sets this apart is the quality of performances and excellent direction. Clooney, Swinton, and Wilkinson are top class.
The director also makes the film more interesting with the relatively slow movement of the plot at the beginning.
There are some great scenes, such as those with Clayton doing his work and forced to bring his son along with him as he has custody for the day.
Swinton well deserved her Oscar for her performance as the lawyer who has gone past the point of return and has no conscience to wrestle with any more.
One complaint would be the ending which is perhaps a bit too swift and tidy.
Overrall though a very good film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, 15 Feb 2014
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Absolutely fantastic movie. George Clooney is amazing. This movie gets you since the beginning. Full of action and keeps you guessing till the end. Very much recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars slowburn is spot on, 31 May 2008
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I agree with the comments about it being a slow burn but have found it rewards those who stick with it. The acting is superb and all in all is just simply a very classy piece of filmwork. It's one of my favourite films so far and deserves 5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Constructed Corporate malpractice drama with notable acting performances, 11 July 2008
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Whilst the plot of this film may not necessarily break new ground, the way it develops on-screen makes it very watchable and thought provoking.

Contrary to others, I don't think it is about corruption since I think that has a foundation in bribery; this story is essentially about corporate malpractice in the form of a company knowingly doing wrong and trying to cover it up when sued by the victims (as in the film 'Erin Brockovich').

The overall story is not that complicated and it progresses without any overt explanation or 'spoon-feeding' summarisations by the characters. As the plot develops in short scenes from the viewpoint of each person/group involved and the film includes a lot of 'flashback' scenes, which are not obviously sign-posted, the viewer can only properly piece together what is happening until the dramatic climax (although I found it predictable).

Although this may not be to the liking of some viewers, this means that if you do not give the film your full attention you are likely to get quite confused and come away with a very low opinion of the movie ! What really makes this film stand out though are the acting performances which are, with one exception, excellent and really help to make us believe in what happens.

George Clooney has never been better (although his characterisation is a bit too like the person he plays in the film 'Syriana) and Tilda Swinton beautifully portrays a haunted business executive (she won the supporting actress Oscar and BAFTA). Tom Wilkinson has a significant part in this film but, unfortunately, his poor American accent (as in 'Batman Begins') failed to make his character convincing for me.

If you like your films to be mystery/drama-heavy you will love this film.

The DVD picture and sound are excellent.

*** Do note that the Amazon DVD specs are incomplete - There is an audio commentary by the Director/Film Editor and several deleted scenes (with optional commentary) !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clooney at his best, 29 Jun 2008
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I don't know what it is about George Clooney, but the man seems to be as conflicted as some of the characters he plays when it comes to his movie roles. On the one hand he can deliver likeable if somewhat light weight roles such as those in the shallow series of crowd pleasers known as the Oceans movies, and on the other he can give us some heavy weight fare, such as Good Night and Good Luck, and this particularly fine piece of modern cinema.
Michael Clayton (Clooney, obviously) is what is known as the "fixer" for an upmarket law firm, the man the firm turns to when they have a problem that they need sorting out discreetly. However, Michael is not without his problems, including a gambling habit, a failing restaurant, and a brother who owes a lot of money to some unsavoury characters. On top of all his problems, Michael is about to be faced with another, even bigger problem when he discovers that the firms top lawyer Arthur Edens (a performance out of the top drawer by Tom Wilkinson) has suffered a severe breakdown. That this breakdown puts in jeopardy the multi-million dollar lawsuit he was working on for agro-chemical firm is made abundantly clear, as is the fact that Edens breakdown was probably caused by his guilt at having to defend a company that is almost certainly in the wrong (witness Edens simply amazing speech). What is also made clear to us is that Michael is obviously as conflicted as Edens about having to sort this problem out, sympathising as he does with Edens position (the two men are clearly old friends) and having to do his firms dirty work. On top of all this is Karen Crowder (another great performance from Tilda Swinton) the agro-chemical companies CEO who wants this problem sorted out before anymore damage is done, and will stop at nothing in order to protect her company, and by default herself.
Written and directed by Tony Gilroy, who previously did such a good job with the screenplays for the Bourne movies, this is an intelligent drama that is something of a slow burner but more than rewards the viewer with some of the finest performances I have seen in a long time. Wilkinson is superb as the guilt ridden Edens who's breakdown continues as the film unwinds, and Swinton portrays Crowder as a character who attempts to ooze charm and confidence, but is actually anything but. But this is Clooneys movie, and he rises to the occasion admirably, turning in a performance with all the edginess that he brought to Syriana, and rightly garnered him an oscar nomination. Whilst the ending may be a little to formulaic for some, it does not detract from what is a fine piece thought provoking cinema.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brooding and stylish, 6 Nov 2008
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Really enjoyed this film and I am really am not easy to please (so I am told). No need for me to add words to what other more literate reviewers have said. Really good.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent thriller, 21 April 2008
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Jeremy Walton (Sidmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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Given all talent involved in this film, expectations were high and it didn't disappoint. Without showing off or appearing to consciously act, George Clooney has enough presence to make all of his screen time interesting. Since he's playing the title character, there's rather a lot of that (including a lengthy unbroken closeup on his face as he sits in the back of a taxi, during which you're supposed to be reading his mind), but there's also a great supporting cast. Chief amongst them is Tilda Swinton - ostensibly the baddy, she's portrayed in a light that explores her uncertainty and vulnerability in that role and contrasts it to her appearance and actions (however elliptically expressed). Tom Wilkinson does a great job in going off the rails but then, in his last scene with Clooney, suddenly reveals the depth of his intelligence and insight that would have made him such a formidable person before he forgot to take his medication.

The direction and cinematography are first-rate as well. Much has been made of a central scene where Clayton gets out of his car after driving along country roads as the day is dawning. He's looking for something, but we don't know what it is until three horses appear on the horizon. The expressions on his face as he approaches them tell us all we need to know about his feelings: weary, regretful, disappointed, resigned. And then something else happens, which changes everything for him, and leads to a sort of redemption. But it's the moments just before that event which stay with you long after this delightfully intelligent film is over.
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