Dean Corso (Johnny Depp), a rare-book finder, is hired to locate the last two volumes of an ancient demonic text capable of summoning the devil. Both good and evil agents eager to use the book for their own devices track his search. Corso immerses himself in a labyrinth full of pitfalls and temptations, disturbing encounters, violence and mysterious deaths while attempting to ascertain the authenticity of the books.
Protected by an angelic creature (Emanuelle Seigner) and guided by a powerful force, Corso solves the mysteries of the dreaded book and discovers the real purpose of his mission.
What is the draw of this film? The “hero” is an unscrupulous, fornicating nonbeliever who drinks and smokes constantly. The film’s plotline centers on the world of demonology and devil worship. And the production is unevenly paced, lacking energy or an interesting performance by its star. You’ll get a far more accurate portrait of Satan from reading the Bible than viewing this hellish hodgepodge.