The Ghost Writer

Fans of Hitchcock should rush to see Roman Polanski’s new thriller, The Ghost Writer. We saw it over the weekend and were bowled over by his brilliant direction. There are interesting parallels to Polanski’s current situation, as an ex-British Prime Minister clearly modeled on Tony Blair (played by Pierce Brosnan) finds himself exiled due to an indictment for war crimes. Of course Polanski has been exiled in one way or another his whole life. The film glides forward seamlessly as the plot elements kick in and the suspense mounts. The acting is uniformly great with numerous big name actors playing relatively minor parts. Just like a good Hitchcock, you feel that you’re in the hands of a master, guiding you confidently through the twists and turns of this intriguing, sophisticated thriller.

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