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Dean Corso is hired by an eminent book-lover and scholar of demonology to find the last two volumes of the legendary manual of satanic invocation. He immerses himself in a labyrinth full of pitfalls and temptations, and mysterious deaths. Protected by an angelic creature and guided by a force more powerful than himself, he solves one by one the mysteries of the dreaded Book and discovers the real purpose of his mission.
Thriller - A mixture of film noir and a supernatural thriller, The Ninth
Gate is by turns tedious and moronic. The film may have some
appeal to teenage boys (who aren't supposed to be able to get in
because of the R-rating), but even they will be bored by long
stretches of the film.
PROFANITY: Infrequent, but one or two instances in which it is extreme. SEX/NUDITY: Female nudity. One sex scene featuring nudity. VIOLENCE: Several deaths, although some occur off-screen. A few fights. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: More than social drinking. ACTION: A couple of foot chases and two car chases. COMEDY: None intentional.
The Ninth Gate has two modes: tedious and moronic, with the two not being mutually exclusive. Then, one-hundred minutes into this seemingly interminable movie (which clocks in at about 2:10), things take a turn for the worse and The Ninth Gate spirals out of control. A jaw-droppingly bad mixture of film noir and the occult, this picture plods and meanders its way through one uninspired scene after another until it reaches an improbable, laughable climax followed by an equally ridiculous denouement. Only the lobotomized and the brain dead will be able to figure out the logic embraced by The Ninth Gate.
Dean Corso (Depp) is highly skilled at his
work, a position which requires dexterity, cultural expertise,
nerves of steel... and few scruples. Known for locating rare books
for wealthy collectors, Corso is hired by an eminent book-lover
and scholar of demonology, Boris Balkan (Langella). Corso's mission:
to find the last two volumes of the legendary manual of satanic
invocation "The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom," compare
them with Balkan's first volume, supposedly the only one of its
kind, and ascertain the authenticity of the series. Corso accepts
the challenge. From New York to Toledo, Paris to Cintra, he immerses
himself in a labyrinth full of pitfalls and temptations, disturbing
encounters, violence and mysterious deaths. Protected by an angelic
creature (Seigner) and guided by a force more powerful than himself,
the hunter solves one by one the mysteries of the dreaded Book
and discovers the real purpose of his mission...