Roman Polanski revisits satanism again since Rosemary's Baby. This time, Johnny Depp is the main lead. Like Rosemary's, Polanski succeed to build an eerie and haunting atmosphere from the beginning. The Ninth Gate is a mixture of detective story with some supernatural themes. This movie suffers from some plot holes. There's a few things left unexplained. The ending itself - I don't know - looks like a lazy ending...
Thriller featuring satanism that doesn't feature any real thrills, revolving lifelessly around a search for books, and being just as boring as that sounds. The mentioned topic is heavily underdeveloped, showing signs of intrigue every now and then, just to never truly build on any of them. Add a spoon of corny dialogues by uninspired characters and you end up with a cheap dish.
One of the greatest (and vastly underrated) gifts Roman Polanski has is the ability to make you laugh. THE NINTH GATE is a delightful romp in atmosphere and gallows humor, suffused with Darius Khondji's exquisite lighting and baroque production design by Dean Tavoularis (GODFATHER). Ten years after NINTH GATE, Polanski would "remake" this film as THE GHOST WRITER with a better script but same Hitchcockian-isms.
Es muy entretenida la verdad, y su historia es interesante. Te atrapa incluso cuando esta película esta plagada de escenas tontas, sin sentido, con efectos especiales malos o malas actuaciones. Igual tiene cosas salvables, pero hasta allí. No es para verla todos los días, pero si vale la pena así sea una vez.
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Like Eyes Wide Shut; conspiracies leading nowhere. The machinations of the genre used to suggest a character's state of mind; his fears, anxieties. A character on the edge in a world of fiction, in a film obsessed with the nature of fiction. Polanski would remake the conventions of this film with a straight face in The Ghost Writer. Here it's played for laughs, but the result is closer to the alchemy of cinema.
There's a lot to like in bits and pieces and its pretty serviceable thriller, with some pure Polanksi moments. But overall I didn't get the impression the Polanski's heart was really in this one with the exception of some impressive set pieces and the offbeat use of his wife's casting as a demon(?) who knows karate. Other than that I'd have to confirm this a minor film from Polanski. Has redeeming qualities.
Beautifully shot and a great visual tour of Paris and the dark side of Europe. Slow and melodic, Polanski has filled the mystery genre with the devil and let it play out accordingly. Johnny Depp gives his best work here. Superb all around, and the ending isn't abrupt; read deeper. You are given all the tools you need to see the truth.