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The Order [Import]
Alex Bernier (Heath Ledger) is a member of an arcane order of priests who is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of the head of this order. The body may be of a Sin Eater, a renegade who offers absolution, last rites and therefore a path to heaven outside the jurisdiction of the church. Alex enlists the aid of his old comrade Father Thomas and of a troubled artist (Shannyn Sossamon) upon whom he once performed an exorcism. He soon finds himself plunged directly into the face of unimaginable evil, murder, and ultimately, a fate worse than death. The Order will find you!
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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.
Inevitably this doesn't happen but it does leave a large supply of somewhat enjoyable if mediocre movies in its wake, which The Order has the somewhat secondhand fortune to be. It is neither smart nor exciting, and, yes, it does succumb to all of the cliches that denote this genre, oh-so-serious, dead-can-dance-ripping-soundtrack, whispering-unseen-voices, sub-troma-sfx, frequently-pretty-frequently-crappy-frequently-obvious photography, etc... but you're not exactly looking for The Gospel According to St. Matthew or The Last Temptation of Christ here, are you?
If it had some sense of humor, maybe it would have been a better film, but I'd still rather see this than almost any number of this year's 3rd wave superhero-comic-book-movie-revival flicks. Although maybe just what the genre needs is a movie based on Preacher ^_^
The plot in a nutshell is this: You have the standard turn down of immortality from a wierdo, then said wierdo kills the priest's sex-kitten; like the priest didn't see that coming! The characters also make the standard idiot decisions in movies. If they are about to leave a place of unspeakable evil where everyone wants to kill them, one of them decides to go back in alone. ARGGGH!!!1 I can't tell you how it ends because, guess what, I took it out 15 minutes before the end. I'm glad I saved those 15 minutes. Trust me, this movie sucks, don't go near it.
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Bien que le film soit un excellent suspense, le film n'a pas été très populaire en 2003. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2009 by I. Theoret
This is a good movie in a weird way, but most of it is too boring with a stupid plot. You see it once and then you don't want to see it again. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
I have recently purchased this movie,and all I can say is that it deserved the money. It is a suspensufull and very neatly done thriller. I should have seen it at the theater too.Published on July 8 2004
I was impressed by the fate of the sin-eaters and how they have to live forever. It is really freaky and condemning. Read morePublished on July 8 2004
This one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It should not be missed.Published on July 8 2004
This is quality, and it has everything that a good religious movie. I do not understand why it's not appreciated very highly, because it is really good, and one of the best... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by chris nistor
This is one of the scariest movies I have seen in years. It isn't gorry or anything like that, but it has a really dark atmosphere. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
This is the best religious movie made after Stigmata. It's very gothic and mysterious. Should see it!!Published on July 7 2004
'The Order' is the 'religious horror film' equivalent of 'gigli' (Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez) . . . Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Christopher Blosser
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