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Michael Clayton [Blu-ray] (2008)

George Clooney , Tom Wilkinson , Tony Gilroy  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack
  • Directors: Tony Gilroy
  • Writers: Tony Gilroy
  • Producers: George Clooney, Sydney Pollack, Steven Samuels, Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00123C7SW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Michael Clayton [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Attorney Michael Clayton is a "fixer," the go-to guy when his powerful New York law firm wants a mess swept under the rug. But now he’s handed a crisis even he may not be able to fix. The firm’s top litigator in a $3-billion case has gone from advocate to whistleblower. And the more Michael tries to undo the damage, the more he’s up against forces that put corporate survival over human life – including Michael’s. George Clooney portrays Michael, backed into a career corner that offers little room to fight free in this suspense- and star-packed thriller written and directed by Tony Gilroy (writer/co-writer of the Bourne movie trilogy). Keep your eyes on Michael Clayton. He has some life-or- death decisions to make. Fast.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
'The truth can be adjusted' is the official tag line for this brilliant film MICHAEL CLAYTON, a film that deserves and demands audience attention to appreciate all of the layers of complexities of thought and message while delivering a slick, brooding, polished piece of cinematic art. First time director is highly regarded writer Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Cutting Edge, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity, The Devil's Advocate, Proof of Life, Dolores Claiborne, etc) who understands the tension of suspense films and here adds to that entertainment element the key ingredients of social and philosophical statements. It is a film that works on many levels.

Michael Clayton (George Clooney, in one of his finest moments) is a lawyer with a major firm headed by tough yet compassionate CEO Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack, finally in top form as an actor), but Michael's position in the firm has been reduced to a 'fixer/janitor', a man who cleans up messes that are always part of legal cases. Michael is cool, brilliant, but is struggling with his own demons of gambling addiction, inherited debt from covering for his wasted alcoholic/druggie brother's failure as a restaurateur, and a divorced man trying to relate to his son. When a long term law suit against a major chemical corporation comes to a head, the chief lawyer for the case Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) falls victim to the pressure of the case, and while he holds the key to the truths involved, he disintegrates into a manic depressive state. The chemical company's lawyer Karen Crowder (a brilliant Tilda Swinton) struggles to please her Board of Directors in a plea bargain that is backed by all manner of lies and crimes.
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101 of 118 people found the following review helpful
George Clooney once again shows us the Hollywood powerhouse he is as lead actor and producer of this engaging film.

While the film is essentially well-written and extremely well-acted, it offers nothing new to the corporate thriller genre and most of Amazon's comments in their review are dead on accurate. The film is essentially a mystery that involves corporate baddies trying to screw over the little guy by covering up a danger to the public. We've seen this plot before in film's like Erin Brockovich. In addition, we have a conscience driven lawyer who is tired of defending criminals he knows are guilty and another lawyer who is burnt out from playing the firm's "Janitor" and now wants to find some moral ground to land upon. Both lawyers are seeking some kind of redemption. The first has a nervous breakdown finding it and the second is forced to find it as his life spirals out of control. This is very much like Paul Newman's Oscar nominated role in the fabulous film The Verdict.

The script is clever, but all too predictable by the final third of the film. In fact, as generally satisfying as the finale is, it is something of a letdown too. Things are wrapped up far too neatly for what was a complex film with deep round central characters. Clooney's character has his nature revealed to us slowly as if peeling a rotten onion. Each layer is ultimately unsatisfying until we get to the core which seems damaged, but salvageable. I certainly expect another Oscar nomination for him and it's well-earned here.
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81 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bad and the Beautiful October 12, 2007
Tony Gilroy has already proven that he can weave/write a great story via his writing for the "Bourne" franchise. And the striking thing about "Michael Clayton" is how Gilroy has written ironic, conflicted, complicated characters that are at once "good" (and in the world that Gilroy has created here...this is in itself a term that is up for interpretation) yet are often bad as in unethical, mean, misanthropic. These characters can and do betray themselves and others: There's no one to truly love or hate, from Sydney Pollack's quietly devious law firm CEO, to Tom Wilkinson's holy madman of an ace courtroom defense attorney, to Tilda Swinton as a tricky senior partner in nice suits that peel off to reveal sweaty armpits and a gift for rationalization. Even our hero, Michael Clayton as portrayed by George Clooney is a loser: a 12 year veteran at his law firm who is utilized as a bag man, a fixer usually dispatched to do what amounts to private eye work.: cleaning up the firm's client messes. Clayton is a failure both professionally and personally: a failure as a father, brother, husband and Clooney strikes just the right notes here as Clayton struggles, fights to regain his dignity both as an officer of the court and more importantly as a father and a human being.
The central plot revolves around a large chemical firm's responsibility for sickness and deaths in a farm community and because Gilroy weaves and bobs among the big ensemble cast and among the various plot points, I was hard pressed to figure out just exactly what was going on for the first half hour. But this is to Gilroy's credit: he refuses to foreshadow or explain thus adding texture and ambiguity to the film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoy this movie
Have watched more than once. Love the way it was filmed. Not the biggest Clooney fan, but really like him in this movie.
Published 15 days ago by 2kwaldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
George Clooney at his very best. Great cast. Smart and interesting from start to finish. A must see. Please move it to streaming so I can watch it over and over.
Published 15 days ago by Marie H. Girard
2.0 out of 5 stars roseread
Interesting second rate, business chicanery goings on...svelt well dressed suits and skirts commiting high crimes and misdemeanors.... Read more
Published 23 days ago by drose
5.0 out of 5 stars A nail biting thriller and another terrific George Clooney performance
George Clooney is a terrific actor, he plays imperfect characters with such genuineness and intensity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by elie amaraggi
5.0 out of 5 stars best movie in years
excellent movie intelligent instense real to the point good vs evil greed vs conscious great acting outstanding script fine plot
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Friedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Can't say enough good about this movie. Great plot. Great acting. Clooney has a tendency to make movies good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy E. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Movie, Worth a Second Viewing
So nice to remember that George Clooney is good actor, especially when he doesn't try so hard, when he lets the role come to him like in this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by handyman315
5.0 out of 5 stars Clooney at his best
Very good drama. Clooney was robbed by not getting a Oscar. A well told drama. A lawyer taking on some very corrupt people. Actors act very well. A god pickup
Published 1 month ago by Frankie D
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Clooney's Best...
As Clooney gets up there in age, his movies are exposing his talent that I never saw before viewing "Up in the Air," "The Descendants" and now this one...
Published 2 months ago by D. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars George Clooney shines.
Excellent cast and storyline, George Clooney, Tom Wilkerson, Tilda Swinton at their best. Flashbacks work unusually we'll. have seen it three times!
Published 2 months ago by glenn vitale
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When Warner announced it's switch to Blu-ray exclusivity, it also said it would delay all HD DVD releases by three weeks, to remind everyone they will be dropping HD DVD in May.
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I was grossly under-rested when I saw Michael Clayton in the theater and slept through at least a third of it. Even under these circumstances, I could tell Ms Swinton was anything but 'wasted' Her reaction in the final scene alone is the kind of brilliantly subtle acting that's often overlooked... Read more
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