Michael Clayton is an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of the firms dirty work. Though burned out and hardly content with his job, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton tied to the firm. Meanwhile at U/North, , the career of litigator Karen Crowder rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton's firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach's brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.(legal terms help from Yahoomovies)
As you might be guessing and "Z" so honorably stated to me on the ride home, "Shea you either loved or absolutely hated it". This is a fair conclusion. My past rep shows these movies don't tend be on the docket much less in the collection.
I won't lie to you. For the first half of the movie when the lawyers were jabbering together I was waiting for subtitles to start scrolling. I couldn't understand a word they were saying. It's a world I know nothing about much less have any interest in.
So delving into the film of Michael Clayton. Despite all the reasons why I should have hated it I absolutely loved it. LOVED IT!
From the opening scene to the closing I was drawn into the story and especially George Clooney's character Michael Clayton.
Beautifully and strategically shot, well executed, perfectly acted, and an intriguing story.
A well sculpted piece of cinema..even if you aren't a fan of the genre it still offers so much more.