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Overall Rating

Awesome: 4.35%
Worth A Look: 5.8%
Average: 18.84%
Pretty Bad: 20.29%
Total Crap50.72%

5 reviews, 39 user ratings

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Order, The
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by EricDSnider

"Say what you will about the movie: Heath Ledger is a handsome man."
3 stars

"The Order" was originally to have been released in January 2003, but was delayed so improvements could be made in the special effects. It is sobering to think that a film was actually NOT GOOD ENOUGH to be released in January, which is the dumping-ground month for films.

So it emerges, spiffed up and shiny, in another dumping ground, the first week of September. The film certainly has its problems, but the quality of the special effects is not among them. How very typical of Hollywood thinking to send a film back for better special effects, ignoring that the film still has no compelling story line or believable characters.

It's about a hunky priest named Alex (Heath Ledger) who belongs to the Carolingians, an old-school order of Catholic priests who still say the mass in Latin, practice exorcisms, and so on. His mentor, Dominic (Frencesco Carnelutti) has died in Rome under suspicious circumstances, so Alex heads to Italy to snoop around. He is accompanied by Mara (Shannyn Sossamon), a recently escaped mental patient who 1) is in love with Alex and 2) once tried to kill him, which is why she was locked up in the first place.

They are met there by Thomas (Mark Addy), a priest and friend and fellow cast member from "A Knight's Tale" (which, like "The Order," was written and directed by Brian Helgeland). They are soon on the trail of someone called the Sin-Eater. In the old days, a Sin-Eater was someone who took your sins on himself, thus giving you absolution when the church wouldn't (if you had been excommunicated, for example). Maybe this Sin-Eater knows what happened to Dominic.

"The Order" is not boring, per se. It is simply a movie with no place to go, and no idea how to get to where it's not going. It keeps getting sidetracked. Witness the scene with Thomas and Alex in a sewer under a church, where Alex almost drowns and Thomas gets mildly impaled with little knives: What does THAT have to do with anything?

Once the Sin-Eater is located -- with an hour left to go -- the film truly flounders. If there is yet a purpose, plot-wise, it is not made clear. Instead, we watch these nice-looking folks run around Rome performing various acts that don't seem to be leading anywhere.

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User Comments

5/18/11 Ravenmad I was like, REALLY?, really? I can't take any more baddd movies! 2 stars
12/01/08 Shaun Wallner Very Boring! 1 stars
8/01/06 William Goss Rather weak supernatural drama poorly marketed as horror. Addy is sole highlight. 1 stars
8/12/05 ES Remember the zombie thing at the beginning, what was this movie trying to say= who cares 1 stars
1/18/05 tatum Terrible, should have gone straight to video 1 stars
12/22/04 Landshark Monty Python skewered the pontiff avenger cliche 30 yrs ago, my god this genre's exhausted. 1 stars
11/03/04 Stevo Try watching this crap without shaking your head once 1 stars
3/26/04 S-P I tried twice to watch this through- never did succeed- Terrible Movie. 1 stars
3/25/04 Erica Thornton It's a Van Damme flick, ergo it sucks 1 stars
3/17/04 Brando Wow...bad. REALLY REALLY BAD!!!!! 1 stars
2/14/04 Uruk Hai The ONLY redeeming feature, other than Weller, this film contains is Benno Furman!!! 2 stars
1/21/04 Betty White A really awful "Exorcist" rip-off; stay away...far, far away. 1 stars
1/17/04 Josh Standlee Good effects, but where's the plot!!!!!!!!!!! 2 stars
1/05/04 Leonard Carlson Benno Furman was Awsome!! 4 stars
1/05/04 Shelah Must-see for Ledger fans, interesting echoes of Marlowe's Faustus and Seventh Gate 4 stars
1/03/04 A F I don't know what to say. Could've been done better? 3 stars
1/02/04 Corky Really really really not good at all. 1 stars
12/08/03 Carrie This movie was oustanding & anyone who says otherwise must not have understood it 5 stars
11/13/03 The Quirkfetch Kid Atmospheric thriller a cut above many sensational forerunners & w/ more interesting theme. 4 stars
10/24/03 German Kijel UNA BASURA!!! 1 stars
10/06/03 Gary A pile of trash! Skip it 1 stars
9/25/03 malcolm interesting ideas, but boring as hell 2 stars
9/23/03 krystin F'N HORRIBLE 1 stars
9/19/03 Rob B I love movies with Priests battling evil but this movie didn't have that. 1 stars
9/13/03 Gary I order this movie back in hell 1 stars
9/12/03 Kelie I loved this film, i went expecting nothing and came away with a great deal 5 stars
9/11/03 LoudChris A lame Christian fantasy. 2 stars
9/09/03 Cynthia murky, intermittently nasty, periodically incomprehensible, ultimately boring, what a mess 1 stars
9/09/03 spawnstar a cliche to the max, lousy acting, Eden should've screwed Alex 1 stars
9/09/03 Bob the man That shit sucks ass dick bicth! 1 stars
9/09/03 Jestyr parts of it were passable. but it was like watching 1/2 of a good movie..ok,more like a 1/4 2 stars
9/08/03 Hydrian Anti-climatic, no character development, and poorly written. 2 stars
9/08/03 Gryf first preview looked stylish, then its cgi crap WTF? Aren't most priests gay now though? 1 stars
9/07/03 Dawn Boring, stupid, slow. Not a single redeeming quality. 1 stars
9/07/03 Gary If you people watch this movie, you're gay 1 stars
9/06/03 adam cool 5 stars
9/06/03 mAsON wILLIaMs The longest 100 minutes of my life. Sloooow, arty, and poorly written. 2 stars
9/06/03 Joey saw it. Did not like it 1 stars
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  05-Sep-2003 (R)
  DVD: 01-Feb-2005



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