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Movie Renter's Guide Number 155 - February, 2008

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"Michael Clayton" (SD DVD)

movie-michael-clayton.jpgSynopsis

A New York law firm has Michael Clayton (Clooney) on contract because he fixes big problems.

Well, here comes the biggest problem the firm has ever had. The head attorney, Arthur Edens (Wilkinson), in a class action suit against one of their clients that makes weed killer, has stopped taking his medication (he is manic-depressive), and he now has decided to blow the whistle on the client and hand over very damaging internal memos to the plaintiffs.

So, Michael's job is to reign Arthur in, make him take his medicine, and stop the potential disaster.

Another attorney working on the case, Karen Crowder (Swinton), doesn't care for Michael's soft touch technique, and thinks a more direct approach is necessary. One that will result in Arthur not having to take any medicine ever again.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
    2007, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 480i
  • English DD 5.1
  • Directed by Tony Gilroy
  • Starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Explicit Discussions
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This film, like No Country for Old Men, had been nominated for Best Picture, but lost - and rightly so - to No Country.

Tom Wilkinson's performance was incredible, and he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Clooney was fair, but he was still nominated for Best Performance by an Actor. He lost. So did Wilkinson. Swinton won for her role, and she was spectacular at it.

No Country won a bunch of awards, but as I said in the Daily Blog, I hated the ending. So did the people sitting around me in the theater. Clayton had a more satisfying ending, but it was weak nonetheless. There needs to be more creativity in the ending sequences of movies, as they represent much of what we take with us when we leave.

Technical

A lot of mosquito noise plagued this film in the SD DVD release. Way too much in fact.

Extras

These include only Additional Scenes and Director/Editor Commentaries.