This is a film, from first time director and established writer Tony Gilroy, starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack. The film makes me wonder why Tilda Swinton isn’t a bigger star, she is one of the most interesting actors to watch in our time (Gilroy gives her so little to work with to create her role, yet she knocks it out of the park anyway) and Tom Wilkinson gives a great performance as an A-list trial lawyer with bipolar disorder. Oh and all you Dexter fans will enjoy seeing David Zayas in the film, now playing a NYC detective.
This is a tight, well paced, suspenseful film. After seeing the trailers where Clooney is portrayed as a superstar in his field as a fixer who could solve any problem, it was great to see that his character was robust, complex and had real problems, which made him seem vulnerable, human and more enthralling to watch.
This was a great film to see, I really enjoyed it and recommend that you rush out to see it, but I don’t want to reveal any of the story, since it is a joy to watch and it is better to go in knowing as little as possible about the story, to get the most out of this movie.
The one thing I have to say that surprised me though, there was one scene in this movie, when Clooney was alone in a loft, that made me jump so far out of my skin, maybe more so than in any film I have ever seen, this was the type of moment that any horror film production would have paid top money for, but almost never is able to deliver, yet this film did it seamlessly.