"The Ghost" is a 2010 British political thriller film directed by Roman Polanski, starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, and Olivia Williams. The film is based on Robert Harris's novel "The Ghost" and tells the story of a ghostwriter who is hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister.
The movie begins with the mysterious death of the previous ghostwriter hired to work on the memoirs of former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). The publisher, John Maddox (Tom Wilkinson), then hires a new ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) to complete the memoirs. The ghostwriter, who remains unnamed throughout the movie, travels to Lang's secluded retreat on an island off the U.S. East Coast to begin work on the book.
As the ghostwriter delves deeper into Lang's past, he uncovers a web of secrets and scandals that threaten to destroy the former Prime Minister's reputation. The more he investigates, the more he realizes that his predecessor's death was not an accident, but rather a well-planned murder.
The ghostwriter's investigation leads him to a number of unexpected places, including Lang's wife Ruth (Olivia Williams), who is also his former mistress. The plot thickens when it is revealed that Lang was involved in illegal activities, including torture of suspected terrorists during his tenure as Prime Minister. The ghostwriter is eventually forced to confront the truth about Lang's past and face the dangerous consequences of his investigation.
The film is a tense political thriller that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The direction by Roman Polanski is top-notch, with his trademark suspenseful touch present throughout the movie. The performances by Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, and Olivia Williams are excellent, and the screenplay by Polanski and Harris is smart and well-crafted.
Overall, "The Ghost" is a gripping and intelligent thriller that explores the dark underbelly of politics and power. The film's themes of corruption and deception are timely and relevant, and the movie is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys a well-crafted political thriller.