The Ghost Writer


Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 143635


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Pierce Brosnan as Adam Lang
Ewan McGregor as The Ghost
Jon Bernthal as Rick Ricardelli
Kim Cattrall as Amelia Bly
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23.976 fps
2hr 8 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by aharmas 10 / 10

Has Polanski made the perfect movie?

The key word here is suspense, the perfect blend of a director at the peak of his powers, a script that beautifully works with a source without diluting its essence or compromising its subject matter, and with a timing so perfect that no false note is hit, enrapturing its audience, never letting go, pushing its limits as the audience awaits its incredible resolution.

McGregor plays a hired writer who comes in to assist Lang (Brossnan) in the publication of his memoirs. Timing couldn't get worse as an unexpected complication ensues and many people's lives and reputations are suddenly in danger. As the film reaches its conclusion, with tensions and levels of paranoia reaching unheard limits, it's got our attention, and it has earned every bit of it.

The quality of the writing is impressive, with no false moves, no red herrings, no unnecessary distractions, no manipulations to sway you one way or another. What we have is a mix of intrigue, action, Shakespearean drama, and performers who might never be this good again. Polanski channels Hitchcock at his best, using Desplat's driving score (himself channeling Herrman), and just when it all could have been a tribute, it soars above its inspiration.

Among so many impressive elements, one has to mention the note perfect and outstanding Olivia Williams, an actress that has moved on from being physically alluring to developing acting talents which could rank her with Streep and Close because of her impeccable and powerful turn. Here is a woman who hardly resorts to gimmicks, but takes the most normal of situations and weaves a wave of intrigue that would leave you breathless.

"The Ghost Writer" is a mystery, a thriller, a tribute to the masters who inspired the genre and might even surpass all those sources of inspiration. The film mixes politics with an old fashion thrills and makes us wonder why Hollywood hasn't made movies like this more often. It's early in the year, but it's going to be hard to find anything that can even come close to this movie, a film that is as perfect as anything any director has ever put together, Hitchcock included.

Reviewed by Mohamed Abdalla 7 / 10

Keep your enemy close, and your friends closer.

This is a great drama/mystery movie with a thrill added in a low quantity, all of that is combined with a well written script which deliver you a full integrated meal.

The movie starts with a scene of a car on a fury that lost its driver,then we know that the body of the driver was found on the beach after he committed suicide.This driver is the former ghost of a former British prime minister.

Then we come to our ghost,the guy whose real name wasn't mentioned throughout the movie, he got a proposal to complete the memories of the former PM.Then everything get sophisticated when the ghost investigate about the memories of his client.

I have a problem with that much of names with letter R, for example:Rick Ricardelli ,Roy ,Sidney kRoll ,baRRy,Ruth lang ,Richard Rycart. I mean seriously, is it the letter R party ?!

The movie has a really nice rhythm except for few moments that you may get bored watching them, the suspense is not constant as it's not primarily a thriller movie, however it has a surprising finale.

Finally it's a good dramatic movie that keeps you wondering throughout it and the good thing that you will not be left with no answers.

Reviewed by markmuhl 8 / 10

Dangerous Memoirs

Writing memoirs is not always a popular activity for all the people that have the potential of being mentioned therein, especially when they have something to hide. If it is a high-end politician like a British Ex-premier, who is writing the memoirs, then even state secrets may be at risk and for a potential ghostwriter involved the whole matter may become a dangerous thing when trying to bind together the loose end of the notes.

How dangerous we get to know as the movie slowly evolves into a political thriller about war crimes. Soon it becomes obvious that the first ghostwriter did not die accidentally and that his successor better should not have accepted the financially highly attractive offer to finish off the work of his predecessor. The new ghost, played by Ewan McGregor, however is not easy to alarm but in some ways, he is acting a bit naive, too naive as it turns out in the very end. Has he in the end be blinded by the fact that the real enemy is the person he has slept with?

This naivety may be one of the weak points of the movie but I see it as a means to make the story work. If you compare this to the invulnerability of many other film protagonists I rather go with this attitude. According to me, the lack of such rather unrealistic action scenes is a strength of the movie and the suspense, which the film definitely has, comes more from a Hitchcock-like atmosphere of distrustful and mysterious behaviour. This atmosphere is well supported by the almost clinical interior of the beach house, where the new Ghost is being sent to and the grey skies that prevail in the movie. Moreover, director and Grandmaster Polanski does not forget to underlay the suspense at certain points with a subtle sense of humour.

Overall a clear recommendation for all those that can still appreciate a movie only for its good story telling.

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