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The Ghost

By Matthew Arnoldi - Posted on 06 May 2010

Roman Polanski
Pierce Brosnan Ewan McGregor Olivia Williams Kim Cattrall Tom Wilkinson
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Former Brit PM with skeletons in the cupboard? Surely not!

Reviewed by Matthew Arnoldi

Thursday, 6 May 2010 - 12:45pm

Playing out impressively like a dark suspenseful Hitchcockian thriller, The Ghost, directed by Roman Polanski and taken from a Robert Harris bestseller, opens with Ewan McGregor playing a journalist taking on the job of ghost writer to present the memoirs of swarvely sophistocated and imperious former Brit PM Adam Lang (Brosnan) to the wider world, from Adam Lang’s US beachfront home where currently he is engaged on a lecture tour. The lucrative month-long job swiftly becomes a poisoned chalice.

What happened to Lang’s former writer, an aide who drowned in a ferry accident? Also, how come a story is breaking linking Lang to the water-boarding of terrorists by the CIA?

Secrets begin to unravel as the 'ghost' questions Lang’s wife Ruth (Williams), his PA/mistress Amelia (Cattrall) and the mysterious Professor Emmett (Wilkinson).

The Ghost directed ably by Polanski is a cogent and reasonably chilling conspiracy thriller. Performance-wise, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams are the standouts here, but they gain able support from Brosnan and Wilkinson and the action generally runs smoothly towards an unexpectedly decent ending.