Before I launch into this, let me just say that I am a former Marine, employee of both sides of the Military Industrial Complex who thinks that Ronald Reagan was the greatest leader since Noah convinced Lions and Wildebeests to bunk next to each other on the Arc.
Here it is. The Ghost Writer
Directed by Roman Polanski
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams
What makes a conspiracy theory movie great, in my opinion, is how true it may be. In this case, consider the facts.
- The movie centers around a character modeled after Tony Blair, former PM of the UK who Polanski portrays as a knee pad wearer for the CIA.
- Blair was investigated for lying about WMD in the Iraq war.
- Polanski’s extradition for his 30 year old rape charge came just as the movie was about to be filmed.
- The “reviews” were hilarious.
If you’ve never had to deal with “reviews” let me fill you in. They’re mostly bogus. In the case of Ghost Writer, the reviewers honed in on Polanski’s use of scenery and background to create effect. Leaving aside the fact that it’s subliminal and the only time they notice is if it’s absurd, like in the movie “Airplane” where the in-flight movie was a series of plane crashes, Polanski is the inventor of the craft. His use of the subliminal borders on brilliant.
Often reviewers are just wanker suckers, as in “The Passion of the Christ” where the criticized a CRUCIFICTION as being too VIOLENT, seemingly unaware that the whole purpose of a crucifixion is violence.
As a writer though, I’m script driven. The script is brilliant, start to finish. Polanski’s portrayal of Blair and the CIA will knock your socks off. The fact that it’s most likely a true portrayal makes it even more compelling.