History Film / MichaelClayton

2nd Jan '16 5:10:44 AM Wabewalker
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* CastTheExpert: The auctioneer
1st Jan '15 8:10:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:MurderIsTheBestSolution: Crazy lawyer? Sleuthing friend? Best call in a hitman!]]

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* [[spoiler:MurderIsTheBestSolution: Crazy MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler:Crazy lawyer? Sleuthing friend? Best call in a hitman!]]



* [[spoiler:ProfessionalKiller]]

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* [[spoiler:ProfessionalKiller]]%%* ProfessionalKiller
15th Nov '14 9:47:44 AM lipranzer
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* TheAtoner: Arthur.



* DyeingForYourArt: TildaSwinton (Karen) gained a lot of weight in preparation for her role.



* TheSpock: Michael Clayton.



* TheAtoner: Arthur.
* TheSpock: Michael Clayton.
5th Nov '14 9:28:02 PM MaxDeployment
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A 2007 legal thriller starring Creator/GeorgeClooney. It is the directorial debut of screenwriter Tony Gilory, best known for the Film/TheBourneSeries.

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A 2007 legal thriller starring Creator/GeorgeClooney. It is the directorial debut of screenwriter Tony Gilory, Gilroy, best known for the Film/TheBourneSeries.
6th Oct '14 9:58:34 PM DanielCase
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-->'''Arthur Edens:''' Then who are you?

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-->'''Arthur Edens:''' Then who are you? you?
* CaliforniaDoubling: In a minor way within the New York metropolitan area. The film suggests that all the action outside the city takes place in Westchester County. However, the railroad bridge where he stops and admires the horses is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moodna_Viaduct Moodna Viaduct]] in ''Orange'' County, twice as far away from the city and on the other side of the Hudson River. Some other scenes were also filmed nearby.
6th Oct '14 9:50:21 PM DanielCase
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* OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: Averted. Michael's specialty at the firm is using his contacts and experience from his past as a prosecutor to mitigate occasional problems with the criminal-justice system the firm's corporate clients that the other lawyers would be incapable of handling.
12th Sep '14 1:04:08 PM BisquiteenTrisket
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* ExternalCombustion: DoubleSubversion: we see all the usual car-focus foreshadowing, then nothing happens. Later on, the car suddenly explodes while Michael happens to not be in it, and we don't find out until the end of the film that [[spoiler:he was being tailed by hitmen with a remote detonator.]]

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* ExternalCombustion: DoubleSubversion: we [[spoiler:DoubleSubversion: We see all the usual car-focus foreshadowing, then nothing happens. Later on, the car suddenly explodes while Michael happens to not be in it, and we don't find out until the end of the film that [[spoiler:he he was being tailed by hitmen with a remote detonator.]]
12th Sep '14 1:02:34 PM BisquiteenTrisket
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A 2007 legal thriller staring Creator/GeorgeClooney. It is the directoral debut of screenwriter Tony Gilory, best known for adapting Film/TheBourneSeries.

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A 2007 legal thriller staring starring Creator/GeorgeClooney. It is the directoral directorial debut of screenwriter Tony Gilory, best known for adapting the Film/TheBourneSeries.



* CallBack: Arthur uses an UnusualEuphemism- "You think you got the horses for that?" to stand in for guts or something of the like. Later when Michael is driving on a deserted stretch of road, he notices a small herd grazing on a hill and is reminded of Arthur. Arthur's comment inadvertently saves Michael's life.

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* CallBack: Arthur uses an UnusualEuphemism- "You think you got the horses for that?" to stand in for guts or something of the like. Later [[spoiler:Later when Michael is driving on a deserted stretch of road, he notices a small herd grazing on a hill and is reminded of Arthur. Arthur's comment inadvertently saves Michael's life. Ditto for the "blink and you'll miss it" horse grazing on a hill in the book Realm and Conquest.]]



* HowWeGotHere

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* HowWeGotHereHowWeGotHere and InMediasRes: The opening sequence is followed by going back four days earlier.



* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The final scene of Michael in the back of a cab

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* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The final end credits scene of Michael in the back of a cabcab.



* LoveRedeems: Arthur's love for one of the plaintiffs caused him to change his position and supply evidence that could bring the company down.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Well, like a suicide.
* MagicRealism: The scene with the horses: it comes directly from an illustration from Michael's son's fantasy book and it [[spoiler:saves Michael from the car bomb.]] [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Divine intervention?]]
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Crazy lawyer? Sleuthing friend? Best call in a hitman!

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* LoveRedeems: Arthur's love for one of the plaintiffs caused him to change his position and [[spoiler:and later supply evidence that could bring the company down.
down.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Well, [[spoiler:Well, like a suicide.
suicide.]]
* MagicRealism: The scene with the horses: it comes directly [[spoiler:directly from an illustration from Michael's son's fantasy book and it [[spoiler:saves saves Michael from the car bomb.]] [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Divine intervention?]]
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler:MurderIsTheBestSolution: Crazy lawyer? Sleuthing friend? Best call in a hitman!hitman!]]



* ProfessionalKiller
* PunchClockVillain: Basically the point of the film. Kenner, Bach, & Ledeen profits off of protecting Punch Clock Villains like the insidious U-North corporation, to the point that Arthur's guilt finally gets the better of him. Karen Crowder is put in the position of protecting U-North and resorts to assassination. The assassins themselves are respectable business-types who take jobs while teeing off at the country club. Everyone is simply doing their job. In case we miss it, the opening scenes have Michael clocking in with his ID badge on the way to work.

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* ProfessionalKiller
[[spoiler:ProfessionalKiller]]
* PunchClockVillain: Basically the point of the film. Kenner, Bach, & Ledeen profits off of protecting Punch Clock Villains like the insidious U-North corporation, to the point that Arthur's guilt finally gets the better of him. Karen [[spoiler:Karen Crowder is put in the position of protecting U-North and resorts to assassination. The assassins themselves are respectable business-types who take jobs while teeing off at the country club. ]] Everyone is simply doing their job. In case we miss it, the opening scenes have Michael clocking in with his ID badge on the way to work.



* TroubleEntendre: In a very vague discussion between Karen and one of her spies, it gets so confusing for the spy that he outright asks if she wants him to go kill [[spoiler:Arthur Edens]] or not; the whole scene is incredibly chilling.
* VillainousBreakdown: Literally, as Karen begins to fall apart while Clayton berates her, then starts shaking like a leaf and outright collapses to the floor as her crimes are revealed and the police move in to arrest her, to the point where they actually hold off on cuffing her because they fear she might need medical attention.

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* TroubleEntendre: In a very vague discussion between Karen and one of her spies, it gets so confusing for the spy that he outright asks if she wants him to go kill [[spoiler:Arthur [[spoiler:kill Arthur Edens]] or not; the whole scene is incredibly chilling.
* VillainousBreakdown: Literally, [[spoiler:Literally, as Karen begins to fall apart while Clayton berates her, then starts shaking like a leaf and outright collapses to the floor as her crimes are revealed and the police move in to arrest her, to the point where they actually hold off on cuffing her because they fear she might need medical attention.]]
27th Jun '14 5:20:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath]]: Arthur to the fullest.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath]]: Arthur to the fullest.]]
11th Jun '14 3:12:35 PM AdudenamedKemp
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* TroubleEntendre: In a very vague discussion between Karen and one of her spies, it gets so confusing for the spy that he outright asks if she wants him to go kill Michael Clayton or not; the whole scene is incredibly chilling.

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* TroubleEntendre: In a very vague discussion between Karen and one of her spies, it gets so confusing for the spy that he outright asks if she wants him to go kill Michael Clayton [[spoiler:Arthur Edens]] or not; the whole scene is incredibly chilling.
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