The Ghost Writer

March 6, 2011 - Ewan McGregor plays a ghostwriter who made his presence all too obvious in this modern-day political thriller from Director Roman Polanski. Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall and Olivia Williams fill out the main roles. Look for Timothy Hutton, Jim Belushi, Tom Wilkinson and Eli Wallach in smaller parts.

McGregor plays a writer hired to finish work on the memoirs of Britain's most recent Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Brosnan). Another writer had been working on the book, but he died under mysterious circumstances. So, McGregor (his character's name is never mentioned) is brought in and given a month to finish the job. He's whisked away to Martha's Vineyard where Lang, his wife (Williams) and their aides and bodyguards are encamped. Just as he's arriving, news breaks that Lang is about to be investigated for possible war crimes involving the alleged torture of suspected terrorists.

While Lang is away on a trip to repair his shattered public image, The Ghost stays on the island to continue his work. He's moved into the same room that the previous ghostwriter used, and that's where he discovers photographs and other material that make him believe Lang may be hiding some pretty dark secrets. Using these clues left by his predecessor, The Ghost sets out to bring the truth to light – and ends up scaring the wrong people.

Overall review: *** There's not a lot of what you might call "action" is this movie, but it's certainly not boring. It's intriguing and suspenseful and it keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Beyond that, there are obvious parallels to the recent political scene in that Lang could be read as Tony Blair, and George W. Bush could be substituted wherever there's a reference to the White House. But, this movie is not a thinly-veiled documentary. Rather, it uses the current political climate as a backdrop and asks the question, "What if …?"