Thursday, January 13, 2011

THE GHOST WRITER

Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Kim Cattrall


"Read between the lies"




A ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is hired to finish the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister named Adam Lang. Interesting enough, the real name of the ghostwriter is never revealed throughout the film, he is simply addressed without being called by any name.

"The Ghost" is an immediate replacement for a former aide of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) who mysteriously committed suicide. Before his sudden demise, the aide was able to finish an initial draft of the autobiography. The Ghost who was never written a political bio in his career is at first hesitant and a bit apprehensive about the task. Rightfully so since he is now firmly stuck in the public scandal that is plaguing Mr Lang. The former Prime Minister is accused of abetting the kidnapping and torture of some terrorists.

Amidst these thrilling premise, the film takes off on a suspenseful tone. This well crafted film is mostly set on an isolated beach side mansion under heavy security measures. Everything is carefully scrutinized, even the manuscript of the memoirs is kept under a locked box. There are specific instructions on the handling of the draft.

The fascinating characters who populate the movie are authentically portrayed. From the ghostwriter, the embattled former Prime Minister, his somewhat bitter wife Ruth (Olivia Williams) to his faithful assistant Amanda (Kim Cattrall). They are all played by credible actors who gave each character much depth. Special kudos goes to Olivia Williams as Ruth Lang, her stellar performance of a multidimensional character was quite memorable.

Roman Polanski's latest film is nicely constructed to hold an audience to the very end. From its bleak beginnings which forebodes of numerous intrigues to its haunting and inevitable conclusion - I truly felt that the 'infamous' director was in total control of this very good project. It is just a shameful pity that he isn't in top control of his personal life. Heh!

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