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The Ninth Gate (1999)

(R) 133 mins

(R) 133 mins

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: animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd) (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.


About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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