Michael Clayton (George Clooney) handles all of the dirty work for a major New York law firm, arranging top-flight legal services and skirting through loopholes for ethically questionable clients. But when a fellow “fixer” decides to turn on the very firm they were hired to clean up for, Clayton finds himself at the center of a conspiratorial maelstrom. Once an ambitious D.A., Clayton is now a shell of his former dynamic self, thanks to a divorce, an unfortunate business venture, and astronomical debt. –IMDb
Anthony Joseph “Tony” Gilroy (born September 11, 1956) is an American screenwriter and filmmaker. He wrote the screenplays for the Bourne series starring Matt Damon, among other successful films. He has been nominated for Academy Awards for his direction and script for Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney. Gilroy recently wrote and directed Duplicity, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen.
Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Ruth Dorothy (née Gaydos), a sculptor and writer, and Frank D. Gilroy, a playwright. He is the brother of screenwriter Dan Gilroy and editor John Gilroy. He lives in Manhattan with his family.
Gilroy has written many scripts for film, starting with the script for The Cutting Edge in 1992. This was followed by Dolores Claiborne in 1995 and The Devil’s Advocate in 1997. He also wrote the script for Armageddon, the highest-grossing film of 1998. Gilroy’s next script was Proof of Life in 2000. In 2002, 2003 and… read more
The (seemingly) unrelated meltdown of a senior partner at a law firm involved in a high profile law suit sets the tone for this slow-burning, densely written law thriller. The movie eventually hits the mark and emphatically raises questions far beyond its at times highly technical scope. Wonderful cast, and Clooney has never been better. Swinton won a well deserved Oscar for her extremely uncomfortable performance.
That still above is literally why I feel this was Clooney's finest hour. Those eyes. Holy fucking shit.
Clayton is Gilroy at his best. Compared to his newest effort, The Bourne Legacy, this film is a knock out. The acting is some of the best from 2007. I've spoken with people who find the plot hard to follow...I say, pay more attention.
Michael Clayton is an unusual Hollywood film of substance. Unusual it is, for several reasons.
Rarely does a Hollywood film get released with a title of a fictional non-entity because it defies… read review
I must say, this movie was average at its best. The one thing that shines in this movie are the three oscar nominated performances by Clooney, Wilkinsin and Swinton. Yet the story is remarkably simple… read review
Michael Clayton is an incredible piece of film making. From the razor sharp script, to the impeccable acting, to the suprisingly beautiful cinematography, direction and wonderful original score this… read review