Remote places that invoke edge-of-the-world ambiance ignite my imagination. And director Roman Polanski ("The Pianist") depicts such mystifyingly eerie atmosphere in his latest movie, "The Ghost Writer".
A professional ghost writer (brilliantly played by Ewan McGregor) is hired by an embattled former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) who is accused of aiding in the inhumane torture of suspected terrorists. The writer flies to a remote island just off the coast of mainland Massachusetts to finish the memoirs of the PM written by his predecessor who died under suspicious circumstances! But baffling situations seem to arise thereafter, not the least of which is the constant distraction provided by Ruth (Olivia Williams), Lang's "suffering" wife! Why is the manuscript fervently sought after? Are there secrets waiting to be discovered?
Though the series of events take their time to unravel, we soon sit and watch as the writer finds himself running for his life! And Ewan McGregor provides the perfect persona for his character's requisite onymousity, a trait imperative among ghost writers! Olivia Williams reminds us of Ms. Charlotte Rampling. What an exquisite lady! Once again, McGregor finds a reason to disrobe... and we aren't complaining! ;->
Roman Polanski never fails to engage us in a cogitative state!