The trailer for Roman Polanski’s upcoming political thriller The Ghost Writer has hit the Net and it’s…well, on a scale of 1 to Hit-Girl, I’d put it closer to 1. The film stars Ewan McGregor as a man enlisted to ghost-write the memoirs of a former British prime minister, played by Pierce Brosnan. As McGregor’s character, know only as The Ghost, delves into his subject’s past, he begins to uncover potentially damaging information about the former world leader, information that could shock a nation as well as cost him his life. Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, and Tom Wilkinson co-star.
The cast is certainly impressive and the director proven, but I found this trailer pretty bland. That’s not to say that the movie itself won’t be worth a look; on the contrary, it seems like whoever put this thing together took what was more of a slow-building mystery and ill-advisedly cut it into the standard thriller preview chock-full of quick cuts and high-tempo orchestral music. Anyway, you can judge for yourself. Hit the jump for the trailer and the official synopsis. The Ghost Writer will be released by Summit Entertainment in a limited theatrical run starting February 19, 2010.
When a successful British ghostwriter, THE GHOST, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister ADAM LANG, his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start-not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident.
The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA-a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, RUTH, and his personal assistant (and mistress), AMELIA. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA-and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was The Ghost’s predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?
Resonating with topical themes, this atmospheric and suspenseful political thriller is a story of deceit and betrayal on every level- sexual, political and literary. In a world in which nothing, and no one, is as it seems, The Ghost quickly discovers that the past can be deadly-and that history is decided by whoever stays alive to write it.
Thanks to allocine for posting this.