The Ninth Gate (1999) Movie Review

The Ninth Gate (1999)

1999 | R | Thriller, Mystery
133 minutes /

User Score: 58/100


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The Ninth Gate Review

Synopsis:

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 brings us this mystery-thriller film in The Ninth Gate (1999). The Ninth Gate had a rather large budget with an estimated $38 million budget. The film, however, did terrible at the box office with $18 million. This movie’s runtime is about 133 minutes that may feel a little dragged on for some viewers. I enjoyed the film knowing that there was going to be an ending where "everything would make sense."

The Ninth Gate starts off with Dean Corso played by Johnny Depp in the search for a famous occult book with deep relations to the devil. On the journey to find the clues and track down the book, Corso finds himself on a crazy journey where everyone he encounters will do anything to secure the book for themselves. Corso meets "The Girl" played by Emmanuelle Seigner who helps him but at the same time is the center of a lot of questions.

The Ninth Gate was a terrific watch for me, but even I wanted to stop the movie at times because I was getting bored. I attempted to look at the film again recently, but I gave into the feeling of boredom and took it off. Do not get me wrong, the film is great, and you should be able to watch again to see what clues you missed the first time, but a third watch may be pushing it.

The performances from the movie stars were worth it, and there is a time way before the ending of this film that you pretty much figure out what is going to happen, but I found myself wanting to see if I was right about the ending. The movie makes you fell like you are on the journey which is a great touch, especially with the great sceneries and sets. Push through the boring elements because you should enjoy the journey of The Ninth Gate.


About The Ninth Gate (1999)

Title: The Ninth Gate
Year: 1999
Runtime: 133 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 227 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 227
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Jack Taylor, Emanuel Booz, Joe Sheridan, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Catherine Benguigui, Maria Ducceschi, Jacques Collard, Dominique Pozzetto, James Russo, Lino Ribeiro de Sousa, Allen Garfield, Asil Raïs, Bernard Richier, Marinette Richier, Diane Hawkins, Barbara Jefford, Jane Bradbury, José López Rodero, Samuel de Luze, Tony Amoni, Christopher Goodman, Willy Holt, Lee Michelsen, Jacques Dacqmine, Jacquelyn Toman, Rebecca Pauly
Writers: Arturo Pérez-Reverte, John Brownjohn, Enrique Urbizu, Roman Polanski
Director: Roman Polanski

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