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Poweful movie--Best George Clooney Film Out There,
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This review is from: Michael Clayton (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
George is a middle age lawyer. He has a "niche"; he is a fixer. He "fixes" the problems of the rich and powerful: CEO's, "bent congressmen", or anybody else with money. He calls himself a "janitor" cleaning up the messes of the well to do. All the while, he is listed in the firm as "wills and trust" attorney. He has been doing this for 15 years, and he is sick of it; he want to do something else, or maybe just be someone else.
He wants out of the world of big shot high powered corporate life. He talks about his "walking away money". But the money disappeared in a bad business deal which is not really explained, a resteruant/bar operation. A family member was the business partner, and was to be blamed. Then there is the muscle or maybe the actually loan shark with mob connections, he wants his money back and is pressuring Clooney, while Cooney liquidates the business.
While this is going on a corporation, U-North, a chemical/pestacide company is facing litigation--massive litigation that Clooney's firm is representing. Things head south and case goes bad, real bad. The lawyer grinding away on the case goes nutso, and crashes the case into a wall, with some looney tunes behavior. This lawyer is manic depressive. The corporation's ceo calls in a crew that "goes the other way", to terminate the problem lawyer, and do damage control. Clooney gets involved because he is the firm's fixer and a friend to this lawyer. The methods are stealthy, appear well thought out. They wire tape, follow, and eventually murder the problem lawyer, making it appear as a suicide.
The film itself has powerful actors, a good script. I was not a Clooney fan until I saw this film; it has a powerful scene with just Clooney, no words, but a infinite amount of acting skills. The scene blows me away... ;it is very powerful!! The film has some great one liners, Sydney Pollack's character, says" 15 years in and I have to tell you how we pay the bills around here." The film has a massive plot twist that blows your mind too. I found Clooney's comments about his "walking away money" to be meaningful and even insightful, even if simple.
Clooney is struggaling in his mid life; he wants out; I connected with that.
Good film, I believe it received an Oscar.