The Ninth Gate (1999) Movie Review

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The Ninth Gate (1999)

1999 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
133 minutes / 2h 13min

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The Ninth Gate Plot Synopsis:

In New York, the money-driven dealer Dean Corso is a rare-books expert and partner of Bernie, who owns a bookstore. He is contacted by the renowned collector of books about the devil Boris Balkan, who has just acquired the rare The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows from the collector Andrew Telfer, to verify whether his book is authentic or a forgery. Balkan explains that the book was written by the writer Aristide Torchia, in 1666, with Lucifer and he was burned at the stake with his entire work. There are only three exemplars of The Nine Gates and in accordance with the legend, its nine engravings form a riddle to conjure the devil. The skeptical Corso accepts the assignment and has to fly to Sintra, Portugal, and Paris, France, to contact the owners Victor Fargas and Baroness Kessler and find the genuine exemplar for Balkan. Meanwhile, he asks Bernie to hide the rare book. Before traveling to Europe, the widow Liana Telfer wants to retrieve the book and has sex with Corso, but he does not accept her offer. When Corso returns to Bernie's bookstore, he finds his friend murdered in the same position of an engraving. Corso travels to Toledo, Spain, to meet the Ceniza twin brothers and learn more about The Nine Gates. During his journey in Europe, Corso is pursued by Liana and her bodyguard, who belong to the sect The Order of the Silver Serpents, and is protected by a mysterious Girl with supernatural powers. Meanwhile, the owners of the two other exemplars of The Nine Gates are murdered. Corso becomes obsessed with the book and discloses the truth about it.

The Ninth Gate (1999) Review

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.

  • The Ninth Gate Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.77
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 4.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.2

About The Ninth Gate 1999

Title: The Ninth Gate
Year: 1999
Runtime: 133 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.88/5 stars from 150,782 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 150,782 MPAA Rating: R
The Ninth Gate Cast Starring: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Jack Taylor, Emanuel Booz, Joe Sheridan, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, 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, José López Rodero, Catherine Benguigui, Asil Raïs
The Ninth Gate Writers: Arturo Pérez-Reverte, John Brownjohn, Enrique Urbizu
The Ninth Gate Director: Roman Polanski
Production: Artisan Entertainment
Language: English, French, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish
Country: Spain, France, USA