The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

A political thriller from filmmaking master Roman Polanski (The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby), based on the novel by Robert Harris (Enigma). When a successful British ghost writer, 'The Ghost' (Ewan McGregor), agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), his agent assures him it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start – not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang's long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident.

The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the US Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, trouble begins...

2010Rating: M, Contains violence and offensive language128 minsFrance, Germany, UK
DramaMysteryThriller
Director:
Roman Polanski ('Repulsion', 'Rosemary's Baby', 'Chinatown', 'The Pianist')
Writer:
Roman Polanski
Cast:
Ewan McGregorPierce BrosnanKim CattrallOlivia WilliamsTimothy HuttonTom WilkinsonJames Belushi
66%
want to see

Reviews & comments

A slow burning thriller with a satisfying end

I absolutely loved this movie, especially for the brilliant show stopping performance from Olivia Williams. Roman Polanski did good here.

4.0
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Clever Well Executed Twisty Thriller

My favourite from 2010 Film Festival. Impressive acting from three main leads including Ewan McGregor as the ghost writer and Pierce Brosnan as former British PM and Blair clone. This thriller starts off slowly but the build up is absorbing like missing pieces of a jig saw which click into place at the end. Who is the true villain in this masterpiece...

5.0
0

Did not expect the end

Though if it had ended any other way it would not been as good. The director may be an alleged rapist but he is still a very good filmmaker. The film was well cast and had a wonderful mood and feel to it.

0

Excellent Political Thriller

The Loafers love a good thriller and we're pretty much into political intrigue, so this was a real winner with us. An up-to-date, highly relevant plot with an excellent script all put together by Roman Polanski. His main mistake was casting Pierce Brosnan as the ex British PM (although he might also have done better than Ewen McGregor). All 6 of us...

4.0
0

No Roman holiday

As expected, a well made film that's reasonably entertaining and intelligent, most of the time. Good atmos and the connections to Polanskis personal situation make it more interesting along with the obvious political comparisons. Overall a little underwhelming - I found my mind wandering and didn't care too much in the end. The monstrous lighting of the...

3.0
0

My review

John I think I really liked this film until the ending! The film had a good tension going throughout, and a few moments I was really tensed in my seat which is rare. I like how it's a parallel to Tony Blair and good performance all around. However the ending ruined it for me, I did not enjoy the final scene...

4.0
0

Review

Really enjoyed this movie. Don't have anything bad to say about it at all.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The best thing that can be said about Roman Polanski's pic version of Robert Harris' bestseller "The Ghost" is that auds won't need to read the original novel. With a few exceptions, and necessary tightening, it's pretty much all up on the screen -- page by page of plot, line by line of dialogue -- in one of the most literal adaptations (by the British journo-turned-novelist himself) since the Harry Potter series. Low on sustained tension, and with a weak central perf by Ewan McGregor in the titular role, "The Ghost Writer" looks set for moderate biz at best in Europe, with much briefer haunting of North American salles.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

There’s been an acid tinge to some US reviews of Roman Polanski’s 18th film, raising the spectre of the director’s current misfortunes – as if they have any legitimate critical bearing on The Ghost.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The darkly brooding sky that hangs over much of “The Ghost Writer,” the latest from Roman Polanski, suggests that all is grim and gray and perhaps even for naught. But this high-grade pulp entertainment is too delectably amusing and self-amused, and far too aware of its own outrageous conceits to sustain such a dolorous verdict. The world has gone mad of course — this is a Polanski film — so all we can do is puzzle through the madness, dodging the traps with our ironic detachment and tongue lightly in cheek.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Roman Polanski's deft take on Robert Harris's political thriller is the director's most purely enjoyable film for years

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

In Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," a man without a past rattles around in the life of a man with too much of one. He begins by reading the work of an earlier ghost who mysteriously drowned, and finds it boring and conventional. Hired to pep up the manuscript to justify a $10 million advance, he discovers material to make it exciting, all right, and possibly deadly.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Let's cut to the chase: the ex-PM Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) depicted here is Tony Blair and "Hatherton" is defence contractor Halliburton.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

BERLIN -- Roman Polanski is a filmmaker who could envelop an old lady's stroll along a boulevard with a sense of anxiety and dread, so it's a little odd that he hasn't made more thrillers in his career. "The Ghost Writer," an out-and-out thriller with international politics and war crimes as its background, gives him a springboard to take a deep dive into all the moody atmosphere, breathtaking betrayals, words loaded in double meanings and heart-stopping threats that make the genre so cinematic.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Alexandre Desplat deftly draws out the increasing uncertainty that anchors Roman Polanski’s tale (here retaining novelist Robert Harris’ original title) of a writer negotiating the dangerous memoirs of a Blair-like PM, resulting in an exquisitely suspenseful work.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

If Polanski had volunteered to spend the year or two that this film took him to make in a Californian jail, that would have been time well spent. As it is, he has turned in one of the worst films of his career, and robbed me of a couple of hours when I could have been enjoying the afternoon sunshine. Boo

2.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

A gripping and gravitas-filled adult thriller.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The best thing that can be said about Roman Polanski's pic version of Robert Harris' bestseller "The Ghost" is that auds won't need to read the original novel. With a few exceptions, and necessary tightening, it's pretty much all up on the screen -- page by page of plot, line by line of dialogue -- in one of the most literal adaptations (by the British journo-turned-novelist himself) since the Harry Potter series. Low on sustained tension, and with a weak central perf by Ewan McGregor in the titular role, "The Ghost Writer" looks set for moderate biz at best in Europe, with much briefer haunting of North American salles.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

There’s been an acid tinge to some US reviews of Roman Polanski’s 18th film, raising the spectre of the director’s current misfortunes – as if they have any legitimate critical bearing on The Ghost.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The darkly brooding sky that hangs over much of “The Ghost Writer,” the latest from Roman Polanski, suggests that all is grim and gray and perhaps even for naught. But this high-grade pulp entertainment is too delectably amusing and self-amused, and far too aware of its own outrageous conceits to sustain such a dolorous verdict. The world has gone mad of course — this is a Polanski film — so all we can do is puzzle through the madness, dodging the traps with our ironic detachment and tongue lightly in cheek.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Roman Polanski's deft take on Robert Harris's political thriller is the director's most purely enjoyable film for years

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

In Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," a man without a past rattles around in the life of a man with too much of one. He begins by reading the work of an earlier ghost who mysteriously drowned, and finds it boring and conventional. Hired to pep up the manuscript to justify a $10 million advance, he discovers material to make it exciting, all right, and possibly deadly.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Let's cut to the chase: the ex-PM Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) depicted here is Tony Blair and "Hatherton" is defence contractor Halliburton.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

BERLIN -- Roman Polanski is a filmmaker who could envelop an old lady's stroll along a boulevard with a sense of anxiety and dread, so it's a little odd that he hasn't made more thrillers in his career. "The Ghost Writer," an out-and-out thriller with international politics and war crimes as its background, gives him a springboard to take a deep dive into all the moody atmosphere, breathtaking betrayals, words loaded in double meanings and heart-stopping threats that make the genre so cinematic.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Alexandre Desplat deftly draws out the increasing uncertainty that anchors Roman Polanski’s tale (here retaining novelist Robert Harris’ original title) of a writer negotiating the dangerous memoirs of a Blair-like PM, resulting in an exquisitely suspenseful work.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

If Polanski had volunteered to spend the year or two that this film took him to make in a Californian jail, that would have been time well spent. As it is, he has turned in one of the worst films of his career, and robbed me of a couple of hours when I could have been enjoying the afternoon sunshine. Boo

2.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

A gripping and gravitas-filled adult thriller.

4.0
0

A slow burning thriller with a satisfying end

I absolutely loved this movie, especially for the brilliant show stopping performance from Olivia Williams. Roman Polanski did good here.

4.0
0

Clever Well Executed Twisty Thriller

My favourite from 2010 Film Festival. Impressive acting from three main leads including Ewan McGregor as the ghost writer and Pierce Brosnan as former British PM and Blair clone. This thriller starts off slowly but the build up is absorbing like missing pieces of a jig saw which click into place at the end. Who is the true villain in this masterpiece...

5.0
0

Did not expect the end

Though if it had ended any other way it would not been as good. The director may be an alleged rapist but he is still a very good filmmaker. The film was well cast and had a wonderful mood and feel to it.

0

Excellent Political Thriller

The Loafers love a good thriller and we're pretty much into political intrigue, so this was a real winner with us. An up-to-date, highly relevant plot with an excellent script all put together by Roman Polanski. His main mistake was casting Pierce Brosnan as the ex British PM (although he might also have done better than Ewen McGregor). All 6 of us...

4.0
0

No Roman holiday

As expected, a well made film that's reasonably entertaining and intelligent, most of the time. Good atmos and the connections to Polanskis personal situation make it more interesting along with the obvious political comparisons. Overall a little underwhelming - I found my mind wandering and didn't care too much in the end. The monstrous lighting of the...

3.0
0

My review

John I think I really liked this film until the ending! The film had a good tension going throughout, and a few moments I was really tensed in my seat which is rare. I like how it's a parallel to Tony Blair and good performance all around. However the ending ruined it for me, I did not enjoy the final scene...

4.0
0

Review

Really enjoyed this movie. Don't have anything bad to say about it at all.

5.0
0