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DVD Pick: Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton on DVDThis week sees the release of Michael Clayton on DVD in the UK.

Although it got a lot of award nominations and critical praise, this brilliant legal thriller didn’t quite do the box office business it deserved in the US or over here.

Despite the presence of A-lister George Clooney and some fantastic performances from superb supporting cast (including the likes of Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack) I think some people mistook it for some kind of John Grisham-style pot boiler.

In truth, it is a glorious throwback to 70s style conspiracy thrillers like The Parallax View and All the President’s Men, as writer-director Tony Gilroy explores the dark side of corporate America and the moral dilemas of those trapped in that world.

Clooney plays the title character, a fixer at a prestigious New York law firm who is facing a personal and professional crisis.

When one of his bosses (Tom Wilkinson) has an embarrasing breakdown in the middle of a huge class-action lawsuit involving a giant corporation, Michael is sent to sort things out. But he soon discovers that things are not what they seem.

Check out the trailer here:

Also, this interview Clooney did with Charlie Rose is interesting:

> Buy Michael Clayton on DVD from Amazon UK
> IMDb entry for Michael Clayton
> More reviews of Michael Clayton at Metacritic

By Ambrose Heron

Editor of FILMdetail