"The Ghost Writer" was a good movie. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you prefere smart movies where subtle use of atmosphere and nuances impress you more than in your face action sequences. I'm sure this movie attracts the masses, but for those of us who are self-proclaimed "politics nerds" it offers something extra. Also, it was interesting to see Roman Polanski in action, once again.
I'm not going to pretend I know all about his work, but I know I really enjoyed "The Ninth Gate". But what really intrigues me is Roman Polanski himself. Being Polish and surviving World War 2 by hiding while his parents were in a Polish concentration camp (where his mother ultimately died), to then having his wife be murdered by the Manson family and later on be convicted of raping a 13-year old. He was arrested in Switzerland in 2009 and finished editing "The Ghost Writer" from inside a Swiss prison. But in spite of all the controversy he has remained a well respected director and writer. To me, it is truly fascinating and in my ears it sounds like a great plot for a movie.