Film: The Ghost Writer
Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Kim Catrall
An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK’s “special relationship” with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material.
What I thought of it:
I saw the trailer to this some time ago and thought it looked a fairly decent political thriller, despite my not being a fan of Ewan McGregor (I find him very average at best). What we actually got was a fairly predictable, if slightly garbled, pseudo-political thriller with a thin plot and sub-par performances. In fact, the best performance came from Kim Catrall, who we are so used to hearing with an American drawl that it was a surprise to find her upper class English accent was far better than Ewan McGregor’s average-Joe English (she was actually born in Liverpool and spent several years in her youth in the UK). Brosnan just seemed bored and appeared to be going through the motions for the paycheck, and Olivia Williams, playing the wife of the ex-prime minister, was blandly cold. We were also left with an unsatisfactorily unfinished end that felt like the production team simply ran out of time before they could wrap everything up neatly.
My hubby’s review HERE.