Surprisingly humorous, predictably chilly anti-corporate yarn has the eponymous shadowy law firm fixer (George Clooney) up to his Blackberry in trouble: he's defending an agri-business company in a multi-billion-dollar class-action suit over a poisonous weed killer, the company is going to ruinously settle, he's deep in personal debt, he's got a gambling habit, he's being chased by killers, etc. Amid the skullduggery look for hilarious hardball dialogue by writer-director Tony Gilroy (the Bourne franchise) plus sharp, nasty performances by Clooney, Sydney Pollack, Tilda Swinton, and especially Tom Wilkinson as a freaked-out attorney running around Lower Manhattan with a sack full of baguettes. Sure, we've seen most of this before, but Gilroy makes us savor the rancid flavor of big business, American style (119 min.).
Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Producer: Jennifer Fox, Sydney Pollack and Steve Samuels
Cast: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Ehle, Michael O'Keefe, Ken Howard, Denis O'Hare, Robert Prescott and Austin Williams