My main issue with Michael Clayton is that despite what the synopsis may suggest, the corporate intrigue that goes on seems to only effect Clooney's character come the third act. Until then he is at best scratching unknowingly on the outside of something of which Clayton and the players of this intrigue are both unaware of each others existence. The film also wants to give time to Clayton's personal issues, mainly the debt that he is in which seems to just be a distraction from the U-North drama. The story might be a bit muddled and of course Hollywood unrealistic but it is certainly well acted. George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, all impress. It is unfortunate that given the other factors that while this is a decent film I really don't see any need to see this ever again.