Director: Roman Polanski
Writers: Robert Harris and Roman Polanski
(Based on the novel “The Ghost” by Robert Harris)
This movie makes no attempt to be subtle about who these characters are supposed to be. It takes current events and people but twists them into a wickedly satisfying Thriller. It doesn’t reinvent the genre but it plays within the rules of them very well.
Ewan McGregor plays the titular ghostwriter and his newest contract is with a quite unpopular former British Prime Minister played by Pierce Brosnan. The Ghost moves in with the family in order to work on the memoir and starts to uncover things that put his life in danger.
The movie is obviously inspired by Bush/Blair administrations and accounts of torture during their tenure but it doesn’t go over the top or preachy with those aspects. The movie is too concerned with just being an entertaining Thriller and I felt it definitely succeeded at that.