The Ghost Writer
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Tuesday, June 17 - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
“A well-made, sleekly retaliatory, pleasurably paranoid tale in praise of enterprising (and also brave) investigative journalists and in condemnation of political skulduggery in general and right-wing Anglo-American collusion in particular. British best-selling author Robert Harris wrote the novel; Harris and Polanski penned the adapted screenplay with a feel for a contemporary movie audience sick to death of headlines about U.S. involvement in covert torture operations.
“The ‘ghost’ of the title — who’s never actually given a name — is a reputable author (thoughtfully played by Ewan McGregor) hired to write the memoirs of controversial former British prime minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan, cast to a T). Feel free to read allusions to Tony Blair in Lang’s situation, since as a journalist, Harris was once close to the ex-PM. Certainly Olivia Williams (An Education), as Lang’s powerful wife, has more than a touch of Cherie Blair’s forthrightness in her. McGregor actually plays a replacement ghost, since a previously hired scribe has died, found drowned in a suspicious accident in the waters between Lang’s secluded beach home on Martha’s Vineyard and the Massachusetts mainland as the story opens.” – Entertainment WeeklyR, 130 Minutes