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The Order (2003)

A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order.

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Driscoll
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Apathetic Bishop
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Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a member of an arcane order of priests known as Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex is sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the death. The body bears strange marks on the chest which may or may not be the sign of a Sin Eater (Furmann), 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 (Addy) and of a troubled artist (Sossamon) upon whom he once performed an exorcism. He soon finds himself plunged into a mystery only to find himself at the heart of it. Written by Brian Helgeland

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Rated R for violent images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,438,899 (USA) (7 September 2003)

Gross:

$7,659,747 (USA) (26 October 2003)
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Antonio Banderas was set to play the lead when the film was moving forward in 1999, but 20th Century Fox put it into turnaround after the studio wanted to trim the budget and had disputes with Brian Helgeland over casting Banderas' co-stars. See more »

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After the investigators have been given the knife by Driscoll, the knife moves around on the table between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Alex Bernier: Every life is a riddle. The answer to mine is knowledge, born of darkness.
Alex Bernier: It wasn't always so. In the beginning, I still had questions. In the beginning, my mystery still remained.
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References Mod Squad (1968) See more »

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Written by Adam Milo Smalley & Dan Powell
Performed by Crotch
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The Bore-der
8 February 2004 | by (The Ninth Circle of Bad Movie Hell) – See all my reviews

I shouldn't even review this movie, since it's not actually a horror movie -- and thus not worthy of Dr. Cheese's attention. At least, it's not horror in the usual sense. It's certainly a horrifying proposition to waste your time watching this crap. That's why I turned it off after the first four hours. Imagine my surprise, then, when the clock showed that only 45 minutes had passed. Yep, that's right; in plain terms, this movie is b-o-r-i-n-g.

"The Order" had lots of flaws, not all of them unique. In particular, it seems to me the main problem with the "religious" subgenre of horror films is Hollywood's unwillingness to engage Christianity on its own terms. It is quite possible to make truly creepy films that are also orthodox. Just ask William Peter Blatty. In fact, without orthodoxy, films like this are just an anything-goes smorgasbord of the filmmakers' (usually dull and illogical) imaginations.

Think about it. If someone made a movie ostensibly about, say, physics, but not only got the basic laws of physics wrong, but based the entire plot on its wrong portrayals, you would soon get tired of the resulting pointless plot. The same goes for these sorts of movies.

In other words, "The Order"(and many similar movies before it) invent out of whole cloth stuff about the Catholic Church and about the Christian faith and attempt to build a plot out of these inventions. Unsurprisingly, the plot ends up being incoherent and stupid. This movie has the added charm of being as interesting to watch as your toenails growing.

Avoid this steaming pile.


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