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Roman Polanski directs this political thriller based on the novel by Robert Harris. Ewan McGregor plays a ghost-writer who is hired to work on the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) following the mysterious demise of his previous collaborator. Taken to a luxury mansion on an island off the American East Coast to begin work on the book, he is introduced to the unsettlingly mercurial Prime Minister, his wife Ruth (Olivia Williams) and his personal assistant Amelia (Kim Cattrall). When Lang subsequently becomes embroiled in a major international scandal that reveals just how far he was prepared to go in order to nurture UK's 'special relationship' with the USA, the ghost-writer finds himself caught up in a deadly web of secrets and lies.
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Soundtrack is in English (original) and German (dubbed); there are no Subtitles.
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It's a not bad, not good sort-of thriller. Ewan McGregor's lead character doesn't ever seem to gain any traction, and the political elements are too broadly painted to garner any engagement. It's not a bad film and it's not a good one. It's like taking one drug to bring you up and another to take you down, and both kick in at the same time, leaving you feeling like you never took any drugs at all.
So my review is below -
I bought this Flim while reading the book having watched a few YouTube videos about this film deciding that it was worth buying.
I must say that while the Flim is very good on what it does deliver, people who have read the book may find the Flim fairly boring and not what we would expect from Roman Polanski.
One thing that I must say was disappointing is the ending as this not tire to the book!
The movie is technically excellent and clearly demonstrates the capabilities of European cinema. This movie may appear somewhat slight, but it is much more substantial than it seems. Roman Polanski (in the special features section) says that this is a movie for adults. True enough, so long as the demography of the adults, does not extend beyond the borderline juvenile.
That sniping, aside, Roman Polanski and writing partner Robert Harris, could have added substantially more beef, beyond that which was barely alluded to (the brief discussion between Adam Lang and the ghost writer on the short flight back to Island, just before Adam Lang is assassinated)), without too much extra effort. The dialogue is mostly plain vanilla, but this may be necessary to avoid complications when translated into German, etc.
Other commentators have complained about Ewan McGregor's British accent. He sounded quite like the writer and broadcaster Tony Parsons, to me.
I thought Ewan McGregor played one of his best roles - Pierce Brosnan seemed a little weak against the standard of his acting. I don't usually like political films, but this one kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. There was always an underlying sinister feeling about the film, from the moment Ewan McGregor arrived to take over from the previous ghost writer who had mysteriously died. As the story unfolds, he gets dragged into a den of conspiracy from which he can't escape, leading to a finale that quite honestly shocked me to the core. I would highly recommend this film - even more enjoyable played on a Blu-Ray machine in the comfort of your own home. Get the cushions ready!
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