There is also a Hitchcock touch in visuals where an incriminating note is passed from hand to hand; the scene is so well done that it distracts from the fact that the Ghost didn't need the information in the note to arrive at the same inference. There are a few other loose ends. The film seems to have a high incidence of black cars designed to be used as murder weapons. It's far from clear what Ruth's emotional state is on one rainy night. The Ghost himself seems too much a lightweight to explain his daring sleuthing.
But the performances are so convincing in detail that they distract us from our questions. McGregor's character has no family, little pride and much insouciance, but is very smart and doesn't enjoy his intelligence being insulted. And Olivia Williams projects the air of a wife who is committed to her husband in more than expected ways. It is a Well-Made Film. Polanski at 76 provides a reminder of directors of the past who were raised on craft, not gimmicks, and depended on a deliberate rhythm of editing rather than mindless quick cutting.
The film immerses you in its experience. It's a reminder that you can lose yourself in a story because all a film really wants to do is tell it. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from until his death in In , he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. Rated PG some language and implied behavior. Ewan McGregor as The Ghost.
Pierce Brosnan as Adam Lang. Kim Cattrall as Amelia Bly. Olivia Williams as Ruth Lang. Tom Wilkinson as Paul Emmett. Timothy Hutton as Sidney Kroll. James Belushi as John Maddox. Eli Wallach as Old man. Reviews It's sort of a shock to see a classically well-made thriller. Roger Ebert February 24, Now streaming on:. Powered by JustWatch. Add Article. Rate And Review Submit review Want to see.
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How did you buy your ticket? View All Photos Movie Info. When a successful ghostwriter, the Ghost Ewan McGregor , agrees to finish the memoirs of Adam Long Pierce Brosnan , England's former prime minister, his publisher assures him it's the chance of a lifetime.
Instead, he begins to uncover evidence that suggests his late predecessor knew a dark secret about Lang and may have been murdered to prevent it from coming to light. Roman Polanski. Roman Polanski , Robert Harris. Mar 19, wide. Aug 26, Pierce Brosnan Adam Lang. Ewan McGregor The Ghost. Kim Cattrall Amelia. Olivia Williams Ruth Lang. Tom Wilkinson Paul Emmett. Timothy Hutton Sidney Kroll. Eli Wallach Old Man.
Jim Belushi John Maddox. Robert Pugh Richard Rycart. Roman Polanski Director. Roman Polanski Screenwriter. Robert Harris Screenwriter. Roman Polanski Producer. Robert Benmussa Producer. Alain Sarde Producer. Albrecht Konrad Production Design. Dinah Collin Costume Designer. August 30, Full Review….
January 13, Full Review…. June 20, Full Review…. November 29, Full Review…. July 23, Full Review…. June 7, Rating: 3. View All Critic Reviews Jul 25, A solid political thriller that slowly escalates to tension at the right pace. Indeed, it is, thanks to Polanski's moody gray atmosphere. Edgar C Super Reviewer. Mar 04, Not the best conspiracy film but under the hand of Roman Polanski, it entertains you long enough to finish it.
Dec 30, Brendan N Super Reviewer. Dec 03, A fantastic political thriller with almost reckless resemblance to real life. A Ton Blair-ish, edgy Pierce Brosnan and the lady who played his wife were impressive, but it was Ewan McGreggor who played the nameless, symbolic ghost writer who takes the cake.
Oh, and did a mention that this is co-written and directed by Roman Polanski? Anoop K Super Reviewer. See all Audience reviews. Amelia Bly: Are you ill? The Ghost: No, I'm aging. Protection Officer No. Finished for the night, have we? The Ghost: Why don't you just piss off?
Ruth Lang: I see you've taken out the Lang family tree [from the memoirs]. Adam's very proud of the Langs. The Ghost: You know, if you want a family tree, go to a garden center. The Ghost: Hey Rick. Now they want the book in two weeks instead of four. Thanks for getting me this job. Can't talk. Some peace protestors are trying to kill me! View All Quotes. Best Horror Movies.
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