Movie Review: The Ghost Writer (2010)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, brief nudity/sexuality, some violence and a drug reference.
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jon Bernthal, Kim Cattrall, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, James Belushi, Timothy Hutton, Tom Wilkinson
Writers: Robert Harris
Director: Roman Polanski
Running Time: 128 Minutes

Roman Polanski may have a shit storm going on in the court rooms and the media now but that does not take away the fact that in my opinion he is a phenomenal director. Movies such as China Town and Rosemary’s Baby are some of my favorite films and are deserving of their place in history. The Ghost Writer is an extremely well crafted story by Richard Harris and exceptionally directed with a very chilling sense of unease that Polanski is able to put across on screen.
Ewan McGregor plays “The Ghost” a ghost writer hired to be the writer of a sought after memoirs for a former British prime minister Adam Lang played wonderfully by Pierce Brosnan. While writing the book McGregor is faced with tight deadlines a media whirlwind surrounding the prime minister and a web of intrigue from the untimely departure of the last ghost writer. While doing research for the book he soon uncovers information that changes everything and could possibly put his life in danger.
The cast is well rounded for this film. Pierce Brosnan definitely has an upper class aura about him that suits perfectly for his role as Adam Lang. Kim Cattrall is not someone I usually care for but in this role as his personal assistant she did well. I did not know that she was from the UK and was actually surprised at her accent abilities until I had seen that on IMDB. Ewan McGregor stars in one of the better roles he has had as of late. His character goes through an interesting metamorphosis in the film from an uninterested writer wanting the paycheck to a fully invested researcher trying to uncover a mystery. Olivia Williams is also cast well as Lang’s wife.
I think the use of wet and dreary Massachusetts locations and the very modern house that the majority of the film takes place in was very smart and a great addition to the overall chilling feel of the film. The music is also a nice touch to the film and was very good at heightening the suspenseful moments. I think Polanski is very good at doing the two past films I mentioned above as well. The same music is used throughout the film but a different tempo changes the total feel of that piece of music which results in setting the tone for that specific scene.
Final Thoughts:
If you are looking for a great modern film noir and you love suspense and thrillers that keep you guessing until the end than this is the film for you. Roman Polanski has done it once again and if you have yet to see any of his work I believe this is definitely up to par with his past work. It has a wonderful pacing and will do a great job of entertaining you.

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