Friday, June 24, 2011

Movie Review- The Ghost Writer

A ghostwriter stumbles onto a secret that places his life in danger as he takes down the life story of a former U.K. prime minister in this Roman Polanski-helmed adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Convinced by his agent that he's been granted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, talented British screenwriter "The Ghost" (Ewan McGregor) agrees to aid British prime minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) in completing his memoirs after the leader's former aide dies under mysterious circumstances. Almost immediately after The Ghost arrives at a remote mansion in the U.S. to begin working with the prime minister, Lang is accused of committing a war crime by a former British cabinet minister. Amidst a deluge of protestors and reporters, The Ghost delves into the unfinished manuscript and comes to the terrifying conclusion that his predecessor died because he discovered a link between Prime Minister Lang and the CIA. The more information The Ghost uncovers, the more convinced he becomes that his life could be in danger  as well. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi (

So the other night I decided to watch a movie with my family. Having no idea what it was about I was thrown in a movie about a ghost writer. For those who don't know what a ghost writer is, a ghost writer is basically someone who writes a story or something for you- for a fee of course. Usually they write it anonymously with the only people knowing who the ghost writer actually is are the author, agent, editor, and publisher.

Anyways, so in the movie this ghost writer dies in a mysterious accident that a bunch of people think was a suicide. Well this ex-prime minister of Great Britain hires this new ghostwriter to write his memoirs and so the British ghost writer travels to the guy's private island home where he starts the second draft of the memoir. While he's writing and talking to this guy, he figures out that the prime minister is lying and not everyone is as they seem...

What I liked: I liked the twists and turns in the movie, although with the suspense. Throughout the movie I kept getting this feeling that someone would die any second but through out the movie only two people die in the end. I loved the ending because it was unexpected. I enjoyed the fact that the "Ghost" never told us his real name, although I thought it separated us from him some. I enjoyed how writing was worked into the movie.

What I didn't like: I didn't enjoy the parts where the ex-prime minister would constantly talk about his old "ghost" I thought it was on border line obsession and kinda creepy. Not going to lie. I thought that some of the characters were over emotional at some points and didn't state why clearly enough.

Overall: I enjoyed the mystery and suspense built into the movie. I would recommend it to anyone who like suspension and mystery movies.



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