March 28, 2010

Michael Clayton (Tony Gilroy, 2007)


WHAT IT IS: A legal handyman uncovers a corporate conspiracy when he's asked to rein in his former mentor, now suffering from dementia.

HOW IT IS: In the current climate of fraudulent pyramid schemes and collapsing economy, Michael Clayton seems somewhat prescient in talking about truth and trust. Clooney stars as the jaded adjustor who's thrown into a corrupt corporate scheme involving his law firm. Tilda Swinton is magnificent, as usual and Tom Wilkinson shines as the demented ex-mentor. Although relevant, even more-so in the present climate, Michael Clayton suffers from its intellectualism, just as Syriana (2005) did, and never lets you really connect to these stakes emotionally.

IF YOU LIKED: Wall Street, The Firm, Erin Brockovich.

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