Roman Polanski, acclaimed director of the classic Rosemary's Baby returns to the realm of the supernatural in this tale of one man's struggle with evil. Johnny Depp stars as Dean Corso, a shady New York book dealer who is hired to locate the last remaining copy of 'The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows', a demonic manuscript written in collaboration with the Devil. What started out as a job soon becomes an obsession as Corso becomes embroiled in a conspiracy involving murder, theft and satanic ritual as he discovers the book's nine engravings could unlock the gates of Hell...
If you are into either the occult or rare book collecting this should spin your wheels.
- The Ninth Gate review by MH
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Adapted from a Spanish best seller this relatively quirky, quite different thriller holds its own very well and in my opinion is one of Depp's finer films up there with Donny Brasco.
Controversial director Polanski is likely to divide the opinion of most even before they sit down to watch, but this confirms that he is familiar with hermetic imagery and given his brush with The Manson followers and involvement with would be illuminists and the fall out that followed, provides a backdrop that should get you wondering even if you haven't seen the downright creepy "Eye of the Devil" hasn't ruffled your " fact follows fiction" detective gum shoes.
Depp plays an amoral bookseller who becomes wrapped up in an ever extending chase after a famed Satanic book. Polanski's wife stars as "The Girl", we never find out who, or even what, she is; that she is another of Polanski's good looking blond Frenchies should suffice.
Throughout the film, you are hooked by the suspense and tension in it but the ending is a little bit of a let down. The acting is great but the writer wrote too much for the middle part, but needed more for then ending.