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The Ghost Writer (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 128 Minutes.
Not for children.
Roman Polanski admitted in court to drugging and
raping a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles and then ran away (click
Almost as reprehensible, his newest film paints Tony Blair and the USA
as the bad guys in the war against terror. The CIA is pictured
as evil as The Gestapo.
But he is also a talented filmmaker with
leftwing credentials which is why the Hollywood left, like Whoopi
Goldberg, flocked to his defense when the Los Angeles District Attorney,
Steve Cooley, made his attempt to get Polanski back to face justice (to
see a partial list of celebrities who flocked to his support, go to
author (Ewan McGregor), who is not named throughout the movie, is hired
to be a ghostwriter for former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce
Brosnan), clearly patterned after Blair. During the course of his
research, he discovers tantalizing secrets. This plunges him into
intrigue involving Lang’s wife Ruth (Olivia Williams, who repeats the
excellent performance she gave in last year’s “An Education”) and Lang’s
aide Amelia Bly (Kim Cattrall, who, freed from the constraints of “Sex
and the City,” shines in a difficult role) and some other people he
discovers. Joining McGregor, Brosnan, Williams, and Cattrall in an
excellent cast are Tom Wilkinson, Eli Wallach, Timothy Hutton, and Jim
Belushi. Wilkinson gives another award-quality performance.
Polanski, Lang is trying to avoid a war crimes trial, so is living on an
island off the east coast of the United States where he’s protected by
the U.S. government, which might be a metaphor for Polanski living in
Europe to avoid American justice. Because of Polanski's fugitive
status in the U.S., this was filmed on location in Germany and at Studio
McGregor calls Polanski one of our great living
directors. He says that on the first day of shooting they worked 22
hours straight in a shoot that took three months. Polanski, who has
co-writer credit with Robert Harris, who wrote the novel, “The Ghost,”
upon which the film is based, exhibits Hitchcockian talent in many of
his scenes. Like Hitchcock, Polanski imbues the shot of an object, like
a house, with such sinister implications it creates tension in and of
itself. The ambience Polanski creates keeping the tension at a high level
throughout the film is greatly enhanced by the exceptional music of Alexandre Desplat.
Even so, it’s hard to comprehend why Hollywood
continues to produce films that attack the United States for fighting
Islamic extremists, but don’t make any films attacking the extremists.
But this is a very enjoyable film, despite its POV.