I don't have the space to give credit to all those who deserve praise for bringing Michael Clayton to the big screen. The writing was superior, the acting was equal to the writing and the direction pulled it all together. This movie is COMPELLING, it forces you to care.
Few of us are big time New York attorneys, few of us are heads of billion dollar corporations. This film recognizes that all of us are human beings and have a duty to improve society, defend the weak and to seek justice where we see injustice.
If you can see this film and leave the theatre as a neutral observer, you have taken a wrong turn somewhere.
GEORGE CLOONEY HIT A HOMERUN WITH THIS ROLE AND THIS MOVIE.
TOM WILKINSON DOES A FINE JOB AND GETS THIS FILM ROLLING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
SYDNEY POLLACK IS A WONDERFUL DIRECTOR, BUT HE IS ALSO A TREMENDOUS ACTOR WHEN HE PLAYS THESE ROLES THAT ALLOW HIM TO BE THE VOICE OF REASON. I DON'T KNOW HOW HE WOULD PLAY A CRAZED KILLER OR A VILLAIN IN COMBAT WITH BATMAN, BUT GIVE HIM A ROLE WHERE PEOPLE TURN TO HIM FOR GUIDANCE AND HE IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE PART.
TILDA SWINTON WAS OUTSTANDING AND REPUGNANT, AS AN ATTORNEY FROM HELL.
KEN HOWARD, THE FORMER TELEVISION BASKETBALL COACH, FROM THE WHITE SHADOW, HAS A KEY ROLE IN THIS MOVIE AND IT IS GOOD TO KNOW HE IS STILL ALIVE AND WORKING.
THIS FILM HAS ELEMENTS OF:
A CIVIL ACTION
THE PELICAN BRIEF
ALL FILMS I LIKED.
COMMENTS -- ARNOLD HOOK - BROOKLYN / TENNESSEE -
I saw 'Michael Clayton' -- I was ready to leave after the opening credits, when Arthur was ranting!
The movie was not intriguing, it was hard to watch and reminded me of a Steven Siegal movie. It was boring and not exciting.