Directed by Roman Polanski, based on the novel “The Ghost” by Robert Harris. Starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan.
I’m a bigger fan of Robert Harris than of Polanski. Even though i loved The Pianist and was pleasantly surprised by The Chinatown. But i adore all three books i’ve read by Harris: Pompeii, Enigma, and Imperium.
Watched this over the weekend. The movie seems to be a complete Polanski product, i could hardly see any trace of Harris. And I’m far more impressed by Brosnan’s acting than McGregor’s.
The movie resembles The Chinatown so much. The bleak mood was perfectly set throughout the movie. The impending threat moving ever closer to the surface. The clean and startling ending closed all losing ends nicely. It is a very satisfying thriller because as an audience I was happily taken by surprise at how outlandish yet how plausible the final plot reveals to be.
Regardless of everything else, Polanski is indeed a brilliant director.