The Order

release year: 2003
genre: drama/horror
viewing setting: theater, 9/6/03

synopsis: A young priest matches wits with a supernatural killer - but not all is as it seems.

impressions: Oh, the plot twists that I can't spoil for you. Suffice it to say that all is not well in the higher ranks of the church, and there's an immortal killer on the loose. Neat ideas, but also some strange unexplained stuff (what exactly were the people underground? and the monsters?) The basic plotline was good, and the ending was great, I just didn't care for some of the pieces used to put it all together.

something this movie has that no other movie has: A sin-eater!

acting: Heath Ledger did a decent job as the young priest trying to unravel the mystery, though his character often seemed confused. The guy who played the sin-eater did a great job at being smart, intimidating, and interesting. Peter Weller (Robocop) was a creepy senior priest. The pale, pasty "love interest" seemed generally unconvincing to me. The big guy who played Heath Ledger's priest friend did a good job.

final word: Weird religious drama with some horror twists.

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