Writer/director Brian Helgeland and actor Heath Ledger, first teamed up for the enjoyable mideval romp, A Knight's Tale. For their second film together, called The Order, things get a whole lot darker and much less enjoyable.
Father Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a conflicted, rather rebellious priest, who is asked to travel to Rome to investigate the strange death of his mentor. The young priest's investigation leads him to suspect that the death was the work of the Sin Eater, an ancient figure who plays God on earth by absolving the unforgivable sins outside the Church, allowing great evil to go unpunished.
Designed as a thriller, The Order sets up more like the Bible, written in Latin, that you, as the viewer, have to translate in order to understand what's going on. It's a shame that the movie is all atmosphere and no substance. Not even the casting of Peter Weller, who's always good--even if the film is not, can save the movie. Many other faces from A Knights Tale are back, making the film seem like it has potential, but that strategy falls flat too. The thrills and chills are few and far between. I was bored folks.
The audio commentary from Helgeland is ok for what it's worth. But it's hard to relish the making of stuff as much, if the film is sub-par, at best. The DVD extras also include a series of "unrated" deleted scenes that wouldn't have made a difference, if they made it in the final cut. You can also watch a series of dailies, or rough footage, as well. Both the deleted scenes and the dailies are fashioned with optional director's commentary. The theatrical trailer tops off the bonus material on the disc. If you do decide to watch The Order at all, you can do so, in either the full-screen or widescreen formats.
My suggestion: Order up A Knights Tale instead of this rag-tag disappointment.