Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer is a one of the finest political thrillers that is set on the background of international politics and war crimes. The film is about a ghost writer who happens to write the biography of a famous public figure, one of former British prime minister, but ends up discovering some secrets that puts his life in danger.
The film opens with The Ghost, played brilliantly by Ewan McGregor, who upon suggestion from his publishing agent takes up the job to rewrite the memoirs of former UK prime minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) after the leader’s former writer died under mysterious circumstances.
As the writer arrives in a remote beach house somewhere in U.S. to start research and rewriting the life story of the leader, the news reports come in that the former prime minister Lang is accused of committing a war crime by a former British cabinet minister which puts him under the threat of possible extradition and prosecution by the international criminal court.
What follows is all gripping when the writer accidentally discovers some documents as proofs that linked Lang with the CIA. He finally comes to a very startling conclusion that it is because of these secrets that his predecessor was murdered, as a result he is alarmed with all certainty that his life is also in danger.
Ewan McGregor as the journo and Pierce Brosnan as the former prime minister delivered their finest performances. In fact, Polanski kept them under control to balance their act with his visualisation as per the characterisation in the novel. The Ghost Writer is cinematically perfect but you may find it too lengthy, only if you don’t like such political thriller.
The Ghost Writer is an adaptation of the novel, The Ghost (by Robert Harris), and the screenplay is written by both Polanski and Harris.
Star cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton
Directed by: Roman Polanski