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Film Fans cannot reach a verdict on 'Michael Clayton'

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Michael Clayton." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

3 1/2 stars out of four

This legal thriller reminded me of the John-Grisham-books-turned-into-movies of the '80s and '90s. The major exception was that the cast of this film was far superior to that of any of the aforementioned. George Clooney and Sydney Pollack were absolutely phenomenal in this movie. Their chemistry was nothing short of spectacular and awe-inspiring. The pace of the picture kept it moving and flowing around the various obstacles the characters encountered, never letting the audience in on what was actually happening. Refreshingly original, "Michael Clayton" is worth more than the price of admission.

- Pedro E. Alvarado, Lawrenceville

2 1/2 stars out of four

The last five minutes of "Michael Clayton" provide a very satisfying end to a long, disjointed story. It is an interesting, though not original, story, but it could have been better executed. There is too much going on and too little focus on any one thing. The movie jumps from several scenarios that are a bit confusing at first but are easily put together as the movie progresses. Unfortunately, that does not leave much room for suspense. It is more of a drama than a thriller, and would be more bearable at about 30 minutes shorter.

- Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

1 star out of four

Never trust a movie whose title is two first names. Despite the hype, this movie is slow as molasses and as disjointed as corporate spin. George Clooney plays Michael, a confused soul who is between a lawyer and policeman - not a good place. The lame story revolves around a corporate giant who is in the sixth year of a class-action lawsuit for chemical malfeasance. During the flick, you are continually bounced like a rubber ball against the backdrop of lawyers and corporate cultural issues that are not entertaining or believable. The movie tries, but honestly falls short of the mark in most every way.

- Rick Wright, Auburn