Ghost Writer Movie Review

August 23, 2010

The Ghost Writer starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan.

When a gifted ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is hired to write the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime but he quickly finds himself trapped in a web of political and sexual intrigue.

But the project seems doomed from the start — not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. Ewan McGregor then flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the island off the New England coastline.

But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA — a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth and his personal assistant (and mistress), Amelia.

As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA — and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was The Ghost’s predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?

Resonating with topical themes, this atmospheric and suspenseful political thriller is a story of deceit and betrayal on every level — sexual, political, and literary. In a world in which nothing, and no one, is as it seems, The Ghost quickly discovers that the past can be deadly — and that history is decided by whoever stays alive to write it. Co-starring Olivia Williams and Kim Cattrall, it’s a taut and shocking thriller from acclaimed director Roman Polanski (The Pianist).

Shesaid Says:

This is a great movie that will keep you guessing right to the very end. The interaction between Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan is central to the success of the film as they both play their parts so well. The scenery is amazing and Roman Polanski does not disappoint with this movie. Sticking quite closely to the book, the movie is based on the Robert Harris booked “The Ghost”. The house on the US coast is amazing and almost like another character in the movie, as is Ruth, Lang’s long suffering wife. Apparently the house is actually in Russia where the dark and stormy coastline was a perfect partner to the Hitchcock like drama that unfolds throughout the movie.

Sadly, Kim Cattrall is weak as the sexy, mistress/secretary, not her best work but maybe cause we are used to seeing her be Samantha from SITC for so long. Definately worth seeing if you like a good mystery and one that both women and men should enjoy. Good date movie too as lot’s to discuss afterwards with this flick. At the movies now!

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