Mi c h ael Clay­ton

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE TV GUIDE -

Fri­day, sbs, 8.30pm, MA15+ (2007)

Ge­orge Clooney (pic­tured left) is the epony­mous “fixer” for a New York law firm, who’s called upon by the firm’s lawyers to ma­nip­u­late the wheels of jus­tice in favour of high-pro­file clients. Clay­ton’s lat­est as­sign­ment – to rein in his emo­tion­ally un­sta­ble friend (Tom Wilkin­son) – thrusts him into a cri­sis of con­science. If you like the lit­i­ga­tion-themed fire­works of TV’s Dam­ages ,th is will have you riv­eted. The di­rec­to­rial de­but of Tony Gil­roy (screen­writer for the three Bourne films) fea­tures rip­ping di­a­logue and an in­tense build-up to the fi­nal reel. Syd­ney Pol­lack and Tilda Swin­ton lend golden sup­port, while Clooney and Wilkin­son are sen­sa­tional.

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