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Political Thriller with a Mystery at its Heart
on 20 June 2017
I tend to avoid political thrillers, as I often find myself losing the plot as it thickens. However I stayed the course with this Polanski directed gem - chosen because of its appealing cast including Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams. Ewan McGregor is cast as a journalist hired to finish off the memoirs of ex-Prime Minister Adam Lang, played by Brosnan. The original writer died mysteriously, disappearing off a ferry and washed up on an isolated beach of Martha's Vineyard. Staying at the Prime Minister's house on the island, McGregor picks up clues that all is not as it seems, and there are disturbing secrets in the Prime Minister's past. Adding to his disquiet, a scandal blows up in the media, as Lang is accused of having conspired to release captured terrorists to the US for torture. Added to the mix, is an angry wife played brilliantly by Olivia Williams, a rather suspiciously attentive and attractive PA played by Kim Cattrall and Tom Wilkinson as a Harvard professor with mysterious links to Lang's Cambridge years. A tantalizing cocktail of mystery and intrigue that keeps you guessing until the very last frame. Worth mentioning that the film is beautiful, if bleak. A palette of somber grey colours captures the wind-swept landscapes of Martha's Vineyard, the pelting rain and the austere but elegant island villa.