The Ghost Writer (2010) Rated PG-13

ghost writerA ghostwriter, hired to help write the memoir of a former Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in danger. Adapted from the book, The Ghost, by Robert Harris. Starring Ewan McGregor, Jon Bernthal, Tim Preece, Jim Belushi, Timothy Hutton

This film was slow-moving, and I found several areas of inconsistency that were bothersome.  For example, there are several missing links to the story that don’t really get resolved with regard to the family withholding information and not being what they seem.  Also, I couldn’t discern the purpose behind a mugging early in the film; was it intended simply to scare the writer or to warn him of impending danger?  Finally, if the CIA is concerned about information being leaked, why is the ghostwriter allowed to be hired?

I love Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, and they give solid performances, but I found it difficult to relate to the characters.  Still, I did find the movie somewhat interesting, especially as the writer attempts to piece together the missing links of information that the family will not divulge.  Despite it’s flaws, I still think it is worth a watch.



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