The Ninth Gate

1999

Action / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

118
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 41%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 150031

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Director

Cast

Johnny Depp as Dean Corso
Emmanuelle Seigner as The Girl
Lena Olin as Liana Telfer
Frank Langella as Boris Balkan
720p.BLU
752.43 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
2hr 13 min
P/S 6 / 62

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by EricMcCullough1 10 / 10

Probably my favorite movie!

A bit obscure but I just really love this movie. Primarily I think it is the atmosphere that it creates which is just fantastic. As others have commented on the score is just fantastic and I love Johnny Depp's character in it.

Reviewed by undeaddt 8 / 10

This movie left me amazed.

Just WOW. I was left speechless from the greatness that this movie achieves. I would have never expected that I would be this interested and amazed by a movie about a devil, but man, Johny Depp did his homework. The movie feels so creepy and authentiic at the same time, with a handfull of crime and death scenes that were perfectly made. The way the movie slowly, but effectively progresses, the lighting, the acting, the creepiness and most of all, the story behind it all. Big praise to the novel writer who first of all, wrote this piece of art. 8/10 at least for those who will get the meaning of the movie.

Reviewed by The Scatman 10 / 10

An Exceptional Occult Thriller

'The Ninth Gate' is an instant classic, a tasteful, idiosyncratic, and tactfully executed film on the occult knowledge so many know nothing of, a film of powerful symbology. This film is an ode to the uninitiated, demonstrating how the occult world and its knowledge is more commonplace and 'real' than we might believe, it surrounds us, it is us.

At all times, 'The Ninth Gate' makes the viewer question its directions and motives, even the lead character, Corso (Johnny Depp), cannot be trusted, everything is expendable, with a lingeringly somber feeling of danger and fragility at every twist and turn. Corso comes from the Latin 'cursus' meaning 'course'; the events that unfold become a prophesy that Corso is on a 'course' to fulfill from the very start, this is a reference to the left and right hand paths and how our choices affect everything, Corso chose marriage with the covenant of Satan, The Girl (Emmanuelle Seigner), the antilight. 9 is the number of Satan, the number of base consciousness, the ego.

In the Satanic Rituals (THE UNKNOWN KNOWN) Anton LaVey speaks ambiguously and enigmatically about the number 9 being the main number of which to identify with Satan and the ego.

"Despite other's attempts to identify a certain number with Satan (meaning 666), It will be known that Nine is his number. Nine is the number of the Ego, for it always returns to itself. No matter what is done through the most complex multiplication of Nine by any other number, in the final equation nine alone will stand forth." - Anton LaVey, The Satanic Rituals

The number 9 also refers to Yesod node of the tree of life, Yesod channels, the feminine Malkuth receives (sex act, as in the film). In turn, it is through Malkuth that the earth is able to interact with the divinity. This may be what is portrayed in the events detailed in the film.

'The Ninth Gate' is one of Roman Polanski's greatest works, threading together an engaging psychological thriller with a philosophical and theological backing that keeps the whole piece held in an air of mystery and suspense.

The sets are Gothic and gloomy, the music is aptly fitting, the acting and scripts even more so; nothing breaks the persistent, unshakable scene and tone that is set by Polanski, who has obviously taken into careful consideration every possible factor to create a deeply immersive, memorable experience for the viewer.

9.7/10

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