Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton
Crime, Drama, Mystery


Director: Tony Gilroy CastGeorge Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Denis O’Hare, Tilda Swinton, Michael O’Keefe, Sydney Pollack, Julie White, Austin Williams, Jennifer Van Dyck, Frank Wood, Douglas McGrath, Tom McCarthy, Merritt Weaver

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Tilda Swinton)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (George Clooney); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Wilkinson); Best Director (Tony Gilroy); Best Original Screenplay (Tony Gilroy); Best Original Score (James Newton Howard)

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: A law firm brings in its “fixer” to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.

Quotables: ARTHUR EDENS: I said to myself as clear as this may be, as potent a feeling as this is, as true a thing as I believe that I have witnessed today, it must wait. It must stand the test of time. And Michael, the time is now.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I don’t know what to think of this movie. It sparks intrigue with its vagueness, presenting mysteries and questions that need answering, but it never answers them. So I don’t know if we were meant to know the answers and Gilroy failed to illuminate, or if he simply meant to tell a story of corporate corruption and cover-up. The acting is excellent, particularly from Wilkinson and Swinton.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233