In this twisty plot that skips a lot through time and place the actors reign supreme. Having said that, I still don't know much about who Michael Clayton, the man and the fixer, is. It seems relatively clear that Clayton, played by Clooney, is growing a conscience. In the midst of the Bourne series (which I haven't seen yet), Tony Gilroy builds tons of mystery and deception into this story. You hope that Tom Wilkinson's Arthur gets better and gets out of the dirty legal life. You hope for the downfall of the conglomerate represented by Tilda Swinton's Karen. And Clayton's son's fantasy novel is this weird piece that just completes the puzzle.