Ninth Gate, The

Starring: Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, Frank Langella, Emmanuelle Seigner

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Produced by: Live Entertainment, Le Studio Canal+, Via Digital

Distributed by: Artisan

Genre: mystery

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Review by Xibo Date seen: March 18, 2000
Viewing Location: Newport Grade: A-
Summary: A captivating, mysterious tale of an anti-hero.
Movies with an anti-hero as the lead are rare. Basically in this movie there are no good guys... just different levels of bad. Johnny Depp plays a book dealer who adopts the role of detective when a client hires him to track down two other copies of a satanic text to determine which is real and which is fake. Along the way he runs into various satanists who are set about stopping him and and stopping his client from uncovering the secrets of the books. Roman Polanski's direction is excellent here, and the movie has a quiet, mysterious pace that reveals more and more as the anti-hero tries to stay alive while earning his fee. 

B+ B+ B+
Review by tmon Date seen: August 7, 2000
Viewing Location: New York City Grade: B+
Summary: Pulled the rug from under me
I was captivated and pulled so deeply into the clever and thought-proviking twists in this movie. The buildup was phenomenal and the suspense was like a vice. And then the last 10 minutes happened. WHAT A LETDOWN. WHAT A STUPID ENDING. What a waste of my money. The movie was an "A" up to that point, but a crappy ending ruined it. 

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