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After a longtime aide to the ex-Prime Minister, the previous ghostwriter, is found dead, The Ghost is hired to complete the autobiography. The Ghost digs into the politician's past and discovers clues that may be more shocking than the current allegations against him.
Suspense Thriller - This is a talky thriller aimed at older adult moviegoers. Fans of Pierce Brosnan may be disappointed by his fairly limited screen time. Language and adult subject matter makes the film inappropriate for children, who wouldn't be interested anyhow.
PROFANITY: 3 F-words, 9 S-words, 1 GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: A shooting and a punch. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Darkly comedic lines and situations.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good As with most political thrillers, The Ghost Writer emphasizes plot development and atmosphere over action. It's an "adult" thriller as opposed to one designed for viewers suffering from ADD.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent "The Ghost Writer" is handsome, smooth and persuasive. It is a Well-Made Film.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 54 moviegoers:
TEENS:One teen loved "The Ghost Writer" and the other two certainly didn't. These really aren't enough reviews to be accurate.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The one couple in this group rated it average (female) and above average (male). These are decent reviews but not great by any means.
ADULTS:Both the male and female reviews indicate that a few people loved "The Ghost Writer" but most rated it above average and average, which is pretty good but not great, especially considering quite a few reviews were low. Most will likely enjoy "The Ghost Writer," at least to some degree, but few will love it.
The Ghost (Ewan McGregor) senses something's not right from the minute he gets the lucrative assignment to complete Adam Lang's (Pierce Brosnan) autobiography. For starters, the previous ghostwriter, a longtime aide to the ex-Prime Minister, is dead—an apparent suicide victim. As Lang becomes engulfed in a scandal over his administration's harsh counterterrorism tactics, The Ghost digs into the charismatic politician's past, discovering clues that he may be hiding something far more shocking than the current allegations against him.
Hunkered down in a secluded East Coast beach house with Lang, his beautiful wife and political muse (Olivia Williams), his alluring chief of staff (Kim Catrall) and a small cadre of staffers and bodyguards, The Ghost finds himself losing his objectivity and becoming part of the story he's supposed to be chronicling. Unsure who to trust, he sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest for the truth that leads to a startling discovery with far-reaching implications. But he may not live to write the final chapter…