The Ghost (France-Germany-UK, 2010)

The ghost of Hitchcock

It was fitting that there was a trailer for Double Take (2009) before I saw this throwback of a relatively slow paced thriller that Hitchcock would have enjoyed directing. Polanski brings real panache to the material, aided by cinematographer Pawel Edelman; I loved the climactic shot of a note being passed through a crowd.

It’s certainly not a pastiche and is entirely modern in its take on British politics in the Blair years. It wears its critique lightly and is anchored by entirely convincing performances by  Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams; Brosnan is good also as the ex-PM.

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