Hey hey, a nice twisted legal movie that does really make you question the underpinnings of the system we live in and entrust ourselves to.
Seeing as I study Law, I know where this movie is exactly heading... in some points Ive had the same thoughts which are expressed throughout the movie, such as "What is the true nature of the law?" and "what is the truth?" My view is : Justice is an illusion... truth is a perception.
if you interested in learning a complex, though totally necessary view of life within the law, then this is the movie most would be inclined to watch. But more likley where you believe that you might have an answer for one question, 3 more arise in place... and I guess what you need to understand is that there are no clear cut answers to anything, except the fact that we usually have to answer for ourselves.
This is what Michael Clayton comes to realise, working as a fixer, an ex-criminal lawyer turned "enforcer/negotiator" for one of the biggest firms in the US... and its obvious he has no love for his job, nor does he feel anything, the job has destroyed his life and made him a ghost in a shell. He only realises this after observing a colleague, the Firms most brilliant on retainer advocate suffer a mental breakdown, which was well played by Tom Wilkinson, while hounded by his superiors to 'wave his magic wand' and solve the problem.
Obviously, its easier to solve someone else's problem but your own... it does take time for Clayton to realise and ask the question of "what the hell is he doing, why is he doing it, and why can't he leave?"
This is a pretty good arthouse drama, and the focus should be on the characters, not the law and the case, but how those and other things affect the lives of everyone. After watching this, one might be inclined to take the route of the mental breakdown, wither because you really have lost faith in the system and are prepared to make a fresh start... or perhaps you just didnt understand jack of the movie! XD
Pretty nifty and different flick.