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Michael Clayton is a 2007 legal thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy. The movie stars George Clooney in the title role as Michael Clayton, a "fixer" for a prestigious New York law firm called Kenner, Bach & Ledeen. He handles delicate situations and cleans up messes for the firm's clients, often outside the boundaries of the law.
The plot centers around a high-stakes class-action lawsuit involving a major agricultural corporation. The company's top litigator, Arthur Edens (played by Tom Wilkinson), suffers a breakdown and sabotages the case he was defending. This creates a crisis for the firm, and Michael Clayton is tasked with handling the situation and containing the damage.
As the story unfolds, Michael starts to question the ethical and moral implications of his job and the shady practices of the law firm. As he digs deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of deceit, corruption, and dangerous secrets that put his life in jeopardy.
The film explores themes of corporate greed, moral dilemma, and the struggle for redemption. George Clooney's powerful performance, along with the compelling storytelling and suspenseful atmosphere, earned "Michael Clayton" critical acclaim and multiple award nominations. It received seven Oscar nominations and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Tilda Swinton's portrayal of a ruthless attorney involved in the case. The film is widely regarded as a gripping and thought-provoking legal thriller.