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on 3 June 2012
Understated shades purvey this involving coup of a film, so fans of 'The Ninth Gate' won't be disappointed. Only it's updated, with more hyper-real political themes that are the backdrop this time. People get carried away commenting upon the plausibility of the plot facts etc etc...and forget that Polanski makes art, focussed on an individual, carefully building in subtle camerawork that punctuates a gradual escalation of tension. This time the message is more potent: corruption, truth, the ghost that is lost between the lines in the lofty decisions made every day. Well done Richard Harris, a British Michael Crichton, who provided the original book. Two talents combined here. This is a thriller in its purest form. It's the individual that matters most to Polanski,caught in a seemingly simple, promising emotional landscape of reality until suddenly the deep waves come rolling. The pleasure for us is in sensing these waves with the director. Which is why we have such a terrific backdrop of water in this movie.

McGregor is superb, nowhere jarring in performance, as are all the others.

Essential addition. Leaves you just a little haunted by people, by the minefield of politics. The facts matter less, the emotion is there.
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