Michael Clayton (2007)
"The Truth Can Be Adjusted"An attorney known as the Fixer in his law firm comes across the biggest case of his career that could produce disastrous results for those involved.
Lacks suspense, moral dilemma not shown in a compelling way
I was really disappointed in this movie. It was just okay. I do not
agree with the level of critical acclaim is has received. It was a
decent (but not great) character study. It lacked any real suspense. It
was pretty simple story that tried to appear complex.
I think there were great individual acting performances, but I think
something was lacking in the relationships between the story's main
characters, which made it not compelling enough.
One of the biggest reasons for the lack of suspense is that the
flash-forward opening killed any possibilities of suspense in the
movie's later scenes. The first 10 minutes shows the audience what will
happen in the end, which makes a late-in-the-movie "car chase" not
really a car chase (we know where he's headed!) among other spoiled
moments. So instead the end just feels long and drawn out.
I am not one who needs a lot of flashy action sequences to keep me
interested in a story, so that is not my complaint. But even the
psychological suspense was lacking. This movie was a story that showed
Michael Clayton caught in the midst of a corrupt situation, and it
showed how another character's guilt pulled him into madness. However,
the insane character was already insane from the get-go, and Michael
Clayton never was faced with a really juicy moral dilemma where BOTH
choices are bad. I love movies where as an audience member I question
what I'd do because the situation is so precarious. Instead, I was
bored, waiting for Michael to get on with what was so obviously coming.
A better psychological thriller/character study involving moral dilemma
is "Breach." I recommend that over "Michael Clayton" any day.