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Issue: Winter 2010

The Ghost Writer (2010) movie review

The Unseen Hand


A ghost writer (Ewan McGregor) is hired to rewrite the memoirs of a British ex-Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). Within days they are under siege as the politician is accused of war crimes for turning British subjects over to the Americans for interrogation.

Directed by Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer is a classically-styled mystery drama set in a cold concrete beach house beside a cold grey sea.

We follow the ghost as he investigates clues left by his dead predecessor and finds connections between Lang and the C.I.A.

This movie is capably presented, written and performed, however it is in need of a stiff editing.

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Read between the lines.

Interesting to watch it stops short of being compelling because of the dragging pace.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 12 Aug 2010
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Title: The Ghost Writer (2010)
Written by: Robert Harris (novel "The Ghost");Robert Harris adaptation and Roman Polanski screenplay
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Running time: 128
Rating: MA

The Players: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Catrall, Tom Wilkinson

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