The Order

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Benno Furmann, Shannyn Sossamon, Peter Weller
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Directed By: Brian Helgeland
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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After seeing the trailer for The Order, I was interested in what the hell it was about since the film looked flat out creepy. This is directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knights Tale) who ironically brings back part of his Knights Tale cast (Ledger, Sossamon, Addy) to make one weird, weird movie.
“Hey, how about this, Why don’t you carry me for 5 minutes..let’s just say you’ve had too many
Krispy Kremes”
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Alex (Heath Ledger) is part of an order of priests called the Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex goes to Rome to investigate what happened and he gets help from his old friend Father Thomas (Mark Addy), and a woman he conducted an exorcism on once. He really has no idea what he and his friends are getting themselves into. Similar killings start to happen in result to the one they are investigating. The mystery of a sin eater, who ‘eat’ the sins of the dying so they have a straight way into heaven; Alex soon realizes there’s a punishment worse than death when dealing with these sin eaters and the evils hidden inside the church.

Well, what can I say about this movie. it’s one of those I’ll have to see a few more times to fully understand. It was interesting I’ll give it that, and at some points very VERY freaky. The end left me somewhat baffled and wanting more to explain what the hell I just watched. I recommend it to those who enjoy movies that freak you out and keep you thinking. I wouldn’t really consider it a horror movie, more of a drama with scary scenes. I say check it out. If anything, it’ll give you something to talk about.

The DVD features weren’t too impressive. Just a few deleted scenes and some trailers. I would have liked to see a behind the scenes feature to see what they were thinking while doing this movie, but hey, we can’t get everything we want now can we? I’m still confused on whether or not I like this movie, but I’d have to see it again. If you are curious about it, I’d suggest renting it first before buying

– Audio Commentary by Director Brian Helgeland
– Unrated Deleted Scenes and Dailies
– Theatrical Trailer

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: Ledger and 2 children in the graveyard-probably the freakiest scene in the movie, the end -which I can’t explain right now but that was a pretty cool part
Rating: Rated R
Running Time: 102 minutes
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