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The Ninth Gate (1999)

Rare book dealer (Johnny Depp) is hired to find and compare two remaining copies of an ancient occult book believed to contain secrets for summoning the devil and powers.

Based on the book The Club Dumas, and directed by Roman Polanski. Starts off with plenty of intrigued as Depp motions the endeavor into a film noir hunt for the book with plenty of dangers whilst an interesting puzzle develops regarding the books. It's a coherent and bookended film.

Unfortunately, instead of amping the puzzle la National Treasure or The Da Vinci Code, the puzzle becomes more simple, to the point of near irrelevance. The pace also appears to slow, as character development and suspense seem to cease. Ironically, the occult horror, so palpable in Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, is not pursued, and as the film progresses there's ever less a feeling of danger. The final scenes seem more a dry, reluctant footnote that highlights the lack of material at hand; as items seemed to be checkoff the cart, but few items added.

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The Farm - 6/10

Yay... Another movie where a baby is murdered almost instantly after the mother delivers it. Is this a sick ass fetish thing or something?

The ending was kind of cool but otherwise the story made no sense as to why what was happening was happening. I mean you understand what's happening but on the full spectrum you don't know why they are doing it which makes it quite confusing and hard to get into other than the gore factor. I also find it pretty far-fetched that such a community could exist under the radar the way it does. I only give this a cigs because of the gore and the creativity behind the last shot.

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