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In Moscow, Anton is out of ideas for his "Ghost" novels about a hit man, based on old news accounts. At a book signing, a man buys Anton's latest; then, on a street below, Anton sees the man murder a witness in an upcoming trial. Days later, the killer chats up Anton at a café, offering ideas for plots. Anton accepts and his writing improves. Meanwhile, he has a troubled relationship with Mika: she's forgiving, but his drinking and late-night writing sessions drive her away. Plus, he spends precious little time with his son, who's in an institution. Slowly, the hit man raises the ante with Anton: how far will a writer go to understand his fictional character? Written by
This could have been a very polished thriller. The plot is reasonably suspenseful, but the acting is a bit dour. I especially found the Vika character underwhelming. I also think the film should have focused more on the protagonist's inner development. I kept on waiting for a "moment of truth", but found none. Nevertheless, there are some nuggets in here, like the opening sequence of the book signing. I normally don't advocate the full Hollywood polish, but in this case I think a remake might work better than the original. Edward Norton would make a good Anton Prachenko. Scarlett Johansson as Vika, and Sean Penn as the Ghost.
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