Plot Summary: A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
Director: Roman Polanski
Writers: Arturo Pérez-Reverte (novel), John Brownjohn (screenplay), Enrique Urbizu (screenplay), Polanski (screenplay)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin
Serious Jest: (Don’t Bother) Depp manages to make a stuffy movie about old book collectors interesting. Well, to be fair, the books are about the devil, the film is full of murder and mystery, and Emmanuelle Seigner is captivating as The Girl. However, some scenes are hokey, and the ending is abrupt and unfulfilling. It seems like the novel is probably much better, as it was probably better suited to delve more deeply into the central themes and inner struggles. In sum, this movie has great buildup, but it leaves you with theatrical blueballs.