Let me just say first that the title doesn't really do this movie justice. Not that I can come with anything much better at the moment, but I'm 100% positive that the title could be much better.
That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I'm trying to come up with some movie metaphors for it, but I can't really come up with any right now. I'm reminded of that Movie Spy Game. The previews for that movie showed lots of action, but when I saw the movie I realized that all of the action was in the form of flashbacks, and the actual core-plot contained very little action at all. The trailers for Michael Clayton implied action (at least to me), but this wasn't really an action movie. It was more of a suspenseful legal drama. Although, there weren't ANY courtroom scenes. Cool, huh?
The movie starts out with a gripping perfect-pitch opening monologue from a character who we don't even meet until 10 or 15 minutes later. I really wish I could find the script of that monologue, so that I can read through it again. A really good piece of writing.
From there, it just takes off. It's fast-paced, without being frantic, and somehow, it judges, without being judgmental. Clooney is human and believable. Perfect role for him.
I really don't want to go any deeper into it, but trust me, it's well worth your time.
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