Monday, July 23, 2007

Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton by Tony Gilroy will be a Gala Presentation at TIFF 2007.

Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) 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 (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.

I love courtroom dramas. George Clooney has, lately, picked very interesting projects. It's still shocking to see how great he is and remember him from Facts of Life. This is Tony Gilroy's directorial debut. He wrote the screenplays for all three "Bourne" films as well as "Devil's Advocate."

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