The Ghost Writer Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams

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A ghostwriter writing the memoirs of an ex-Prime Minister uncovers a dark secret. A British ghostwriter is assigned to finish the biography of a former British Prime Minister, Lang, now living in a New England island estate. The previous writer McAra, died in a drowning accident on the island. Lang gets in hot water when his former official Rycart accuses him of war crimes, for being involved in the turning over of terrorists to the CIA for torture. The ghostwriter continues his interviews, and when he moves into McAra's old room at the estate, discovers documents and Rycart's number. The writer runs into an island resident who basically alludes that McAra's death wasn't an accident. That night, at the house, Lang's wife Ruth, seduces him. The next day, while driving McAra's old car, he finds the last programmed destination of the GPS, which leads him to a Prof. Emmett outside of Boston. When he talks to him on whether he personally knew Lang, Emmett becomes suspiciously defensive. As he leaves to go back to the island, he notices that he is trailed by two men and freaks out. When he talks to Rycart again, he tells him that McAra left clues in the manuscript, however they cannot find them. The writer also uncovers evidence that Emmett is CIA. On a plane ride with Lang, the writer confronts him, but he denies any connection to the CIA. When they land, Lang is assassinated. The writer is kept on for the book, and at the launch finds out the hidden message in the manuscript: that Ruth is CIA, handled by Emmett and that she has been influencing Lang in every political decision that in turn, becomes advantageous to the U.S. The writer lets Ruth know that he knows everything. When he leaves the party, he is run down by a speeding vehicle.
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Best part of story, including ending: It's a story of a guy who gets too close to the truth and is not afraid to pursue it.

Best scene in story: When he's in McAra's room and finds old photos of Lang's which furthers his suspicions.

Opinion about the main character: The journalist side of the writer comes out, he keeps investigating despite the ugly and dangerous clues surrounding him.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tina Medina a Level 30 Banded Kingfisher scholar

Script Analysis of The Ghost Writer

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   present 2000+ Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Political Plotlets:    -   govt officials abusing power

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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