my Movie

Movie Details

Title:   The Ghost Writer
Director:   Roman Polanski
Year:   2010
Genre:   Political Suspense
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.20.10

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Tess

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
11.20.10Netflix Ewan McGregor gets mixed up in all sorts of political intrigury when he opts to ghost write a former primer minister's autobiography. This was much lauded as Polanski's return to form. I agree that the paranoia and mystery that Polanski's thrillers are famous for are indeed here. There's actually a lot to like here:

Great last shot. Almost iconic. Subtly sophisticated photography and staging, smartly realistic action, and an intelligent plot that rewards your investment. Great cast, quietly building suspense, and wonderfully vague tone all makes this movie a kind of sleeping beast. At first, with my expectations in the forefront, I was a bit disappointed as I watched just because the movie never goes as far as I thought it would (maybe it's too many Mamet films but I spent the entire time waiting for McGregor to be framed) but almost immediately after the movie ended (i even started these notes with the intention of giving a somewhat lukewarm response) things started clicking together for me and standing apart as smart solid filmmaking.

Good movie.
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