Saturday, March 6, 2010
Ghost Writer - the movie
Ghost Writer, now showing in the Bay Area, is Roman Polanski's best movie since his classic film noir, Chinatown. It's a political thriller that on the surface tells the story of a ghostwriter who is hired to edit the memoirs of the British Prime Minister accused of committing war crimes in Iraq. Of course, the previous ghostwriter has committed suicide, so we know this memoir is a hot topic. Underneath the story are relationships of deceit, lust, greed and murder that mimic the real politial milieu of today. It stars Ewen McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Hutton, James Belushi, Olivia Williams and Kim Cattrall. Enormously entertaining, intellectually challenging and paranoically suspenseful. Enjoy! Yes, this movie was modeled after Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, and the recent trial about his decision to support the U.S. invasion of Iraq based on bombs of mass destruction that were never found. In a recent interview with Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass the star and director of "Green Zone" which arrives in theaters the weekend of March 13, Greengrass stated that movies today need to either escape realiy or comment and expand on the reality of the world. Ghost Writer expands our reality of what did - or could have - happened in our world.