Cert 15, 122 mins, Thriller
Former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), takes on Ewan McGregor’s character to pen his memoirs after the previous ghostwriter dies in mysterious circumstances.
The Ghost is a routine thriller elevated by Roman Polanski’s direction. For a film about the rewriting of a political memoir, it’s ironic that the screenplay for the film should be one of its weaknesses.
Characters are not fully formed in a script co-written by Polanski and Robert Harris, adapting his novel.
Indeed, they are ciphers in a clunky and contrived plot that builds to a big reveal, which would be risible in less accomplished hands.
Polanski polishes the lacklustre material and his impeccable style creates the illusion of suspense to ominous strains of Alexandre Desplat’s score, where our steady pulse tells us there is none.