Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
“They form a kind of satanic riddle. Correctly interpreted with the aid of the original text and sufficient inside information, they are reputed to conjure up the Prince of Darkness in person.”
With a very mysterious and interesting story, The Ninth Gate could have been one of the best movies on this topic (devil, old rare books, and legends), but the ending is pretty disappointing. This is unexpected, considering the first half of the film was great; it kept me intrigued until the appearance of the 3rd book.
The story follows Dean Corso (Johnny Depp), a rare-books expert, who is contacted by a rich book collector called Boris Balkan (Frank Langella). Balkan has the biggest collection of books about the devil. One of his most precious volumes is the “Ninth Gate of the Kingdom of Shadows”, which was written in 1666 by Aristide Torchia, who was burned for heresy. The legends say he adapted the book from Delomelanicon, a book written by the Devil himself.
It is known that only 3 books exist nowadays, and only one of them is an authentic one. Balkan wants the real one, to conjure the Devil. So, he sends Corso on a trip to Europe, to find bring him the real book. That’s all you need to know about the plot.
Johnny Depp makes a pretty good job; he is perfect for this type of mystery film (just like John Cusack, another great actor). The other actors are not in close up so much; the whole story evolves around Dean Corso.
Another thing I want to mention is the soundtrack, which was very good. It creates the perfect, dark atmosphere. All in all, except for the ending, the movie is a good one, not a must-see in a lifetime. I’d give 3.5/5 for the whole film; it could have been better, but that’s it. I hope you’ll like it. Enjoy it and stay safe!