DVD Review: The Ghost Writer

By Drum Digital
29 September 2010

Rating 4/5

Political Thriller.2010. 125 min. With Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams and Kim Cattrall. Director: Roman Polanski. 13Vl.

When he learns his predecessor died mysteriously, a ghostwriter (McGregor) is reluctant to take on the job of completing the memoirs of former British prime minister Adam Lang (Brosnan), but ends up doing it for the money. His misgivings seem justified when a former foreign minister accuses Lang of war crimes relating to the handover of supposed terrorists to the CIA for torture. And when the ghost writer suspects Lang is involved in an international cover-up and starts asking uncomfortable questions, people begin to die.

The movie is slow to start but picks up pace like a runaway train with plenty of twists and turns to keep you focused. There are obvious parallels with former British PM Tony Blair, who has just published his biography. Not one of legendary director Polanski’s best but a good movie choice nevertheless, particularly if you enjoyed The Constant Gardener or Frost/Nixon. Bonus: featurettes.

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