Michael Clayton

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(2007) ★★½

Sky Movies Select: Wednesday 6 January, 8.00pm

Manhattan law firm fixer George Clooney doesn’t see himself as a miracle worker – more like a janitor, mopping up after hours. When senior colleague Tom Wilkinson’s moment of clarity in the corporate jungle manifests itself as a breakdown, Clooney is sent to smooth the feathers of Wilkinson’s wicked opponent, Tilda Swinton (picking up a Bafta alongside her Academy Award), in a three-billion dollar class action.

Seven Oscar nods seems a mite excessive for such a middling drama, even if the only thing that’s really wrong with it is that title – it’s as dull as a land dispute. Written and directed by Bourne trilogy screenwriter Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton recalls the dark look and flinty style of the great 70s conspiracy thrillers, although in the end it doesn’t actually measure up to John Travolta’s 1998 legal drama A Civil Action.

That’s because there’s less at stake. The jokes are thin (the law firm is run by Sydney Pollack, director of The Firm and Travolta’s Civil Action co-star) and the conclusion is glib: even in a world where everything’s up for sale, there are some who cannot be bought.

Certificate: 15
Duration: 119min

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Other Showings Date & Time
Sky Movies Crime/Thriller Wednesday, 13 January at 8:30AM