Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams
A contemporary, thriller written by Robert Harris (Fatherland, and Enigma) and directed by Roman Polanski. The story involves Ex Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Bronson) who wants to capitalise on his situation and have his memoirs written but his advisor and writer is tragically killed in an accident. Keen to complete the works in a timely fashion the publishers engage a virtual unknown ghost writer (Ewan McGregor) to clean up the autobiography of former British Prime. Plucked from obscurity the McEwan character is promised fame and fortune and flown to an oceanfront retreat on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. There Adam Land his wife are in residence with a small team including the ex- prime minister’s attractive assistant, Amelia Bly (Kim Cattrall aka Samantha Jones of S&TC ). No sooner has the Ghost arrived when a major controversy breaks concerning the former PM who is accused of being a war criminal. Now under the watchful eye of the world’s press the Ghost begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have been murdered after he stumbled on a dark secret of political skullduggery. Will the same thing happen to the McEwan character or will he survive ? Well you need to go to the movie to find that out – but this is a good suspenseful thriller well told and resonates with topical themes. The moral to the movie seems to be “history is decided by whoever stays alive to write it.” Good characterisations in this watchable movie with stellar performances from McGregor and Brosnan. But it is Olivia Williams playing the ex PM’s wife gets the five stars for her performance. A better effort from Polanski and more like his better work (China Town and Rosemary’s Baby). If you enjoyed Shutter Island you will want to see The Ghost Writer.