“The Ghost Writer” is excellent! This is how the story goes: When a successful British ghostwriter, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start–not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA — a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth, and his personal assistant and mistress, Amelia. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA — and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was The Ghost’s predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?
The cast led by Ewan McGregor (as The Ghost) & Pierce Brosnan (as Adam Lang) is excellent! The directing by Roman Polanski (who also wrote the screenplay and produced) (who also directed “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968), “Chinatown” (1974) & “The Pianist” (2002, which won him the Best Director Oscar, he also produced) is excellent! The screenplay by Robert Harris (based on his novel) & Polanski is excellent!
The music by Alexandre Desplat (who also did the music to “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (2009), “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” (2008), “The Queen” (2006), “Julie & Julia” (2009), “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), the upcoming “The Tree Of Life” (2010) & “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part I” (2010) is excellent! The cinematography by Pawel Edelman (who also did the cinematography to “The Pianist” & “Ray” (2004) is excellent! The film editing by Hervé de Luze (who also did the film editing to “The Pianist”) is excellent! The casting by Fiona Weir (who also did the casting to “Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire” (2005), “Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix” (2007), “Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince” (2009), the upcoming “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Parts I & II” (2010 & 2011) & “Invictus” (2009) is excellent! The production design by Albrecht Konrad is excellent! The art direction by Cornelia Ott (who also did the art direction to “Valkyrie” (2008), David Scheunemann (supervising art director) (who also did the art direction to “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) & the upcoming “The Apparition” (2010) & Steve Summersgill (who also did the art direction to the upcoming “The Apparition”) is excellent! The set decoration by Katharina Birkenfeld & Bernhard Henrich (who also did the set decoration to “Valkyrie” & “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004) is excellent! The costume design by Dinah Collin (who also did the costume design to “United 93” (2006) is excellent!
This is a excellent mystery-thriller that keeps you guessing and thinking and on the edge of your seat. This is one of the best movies of the new year. This is one of Roman Polanski’s best movies in a while.