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      The Order

      2003, Mystery & thriller/Horror, 1h 42m

      61 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      A religious thriller that's more lethargic and silly than thrilling. Read critic reviews

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      (l-r) Thomas (Mark Addy), Mara (Shannyn Sossamon) and Alex (Heath Ledger) begin their investigation of unexplained murders and the mystery of The Order. Alex (Heath Ledger) ponders the mystery behind an ancient and deadly Order. Alex (Heath Ledger) helps an injured Thomas (Mark Addy) following their first encounter with The Order. Eden (Benno Fürmann) prepares dying British aristocrat Burnham (Jon Laurimore) for the Sin Eating ritual. Two children (Mirko Casaburo, Giulia Lombardi) prepare to unleash some horrific powers. Alex (Heath Ledger) closes in on an important clue in his pursuit of the truth behind a series of unexplained murders and the secrets of The Order. Alex (Heath Ledger) stands alone in his battle against a paragon of evil known as The Order. Thomas (Mark Addy, left) and Alex's (Heath Ledger) investigation into an ancient Order takes them to a foreboding locale. Eden (Benno Fürmann) reveals to Alex (Heath Ledger) the disturbing truth behind The Order. Alex (Heath Ledger) and Mara (Shannyn Sossamon) become close during an investigation of an ancient and deadly Order - unaware that The Order has targeted her for death. Eden (Benno Fürmann) leads Alex (Heath Ledger) down a dangerous path. Writer/director Brian Helgeland on the set of THE ORDER. Heath Ledger investigates strange deaths at the hands of an ancient figure who plays God on earth, allowing great evil to go unpunished, in THE ORDER. Renegade priest Alex (Heath Ledger) investigates an ancient and secret Order.

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      For centuries, a secret Order has existed within the Church. Following a series of unexplained murders, a renegade priest (Heath Ledger) begins an investigation that hurls him into a maelstrom of unimaginable evil, murder, and the knowledge that there is a fate worse than death.

      • Rating: R (Sexuality|Language|Violent Images)

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller, Horror

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Brian Helgeland

      • Producer: Brian Helgeland, Craig Baumgarten

      • Writer: Brian Helgeland

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $7.7M

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      • Distributor: Gativideo, Art Port, 20th Century Fox, Gémini Films [fr]

      • Production Co: 20th Century Fox, N1 European Film Produktions, Baumgarten Merims Productions

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Dolby Stereo

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      • Aug 25, 2019

        Oof. Kind of feels like the pitch meeting for this one basically went "So I was just reading about the idea of this 'Sin Eater' thing on Wikipedia the other day, it actually sounds really interesting, I'm super keen to put it in a movie!" "Oh great, so what's the story gonna be?" "I'm sorry the what?" "The story. You can't just say you're gonna put a Sin Eater in 'a movie' you have to like... Actually make the movie that it goes in. What's the movie gonna be about?" "...Oh no." "I mean it'll probably be fine." "Right? It'll probably be fine."

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      • Jul 20, 2012

        It's a horror film!?

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      • Apr 05, 2011

        Oo-oo-oo Siiiiin Eatah. I believe you can get me through the ni-oh, sorry, I went 70's there for a second. But enough about a great music generation, let's discuss a great movie... some other time, seeing as "The Order" is certainly not one. Though Ledger puts on a good performance, it's the lack of immediate development and engagment, bad directing, underwhelmingness, poor visual effects, forced development and above all, terrible writing that stand out the most and leave "The Order" to be an embarassing "thriller".

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      • Nov 14, 2009

        To place a Medieval mystery in modern days would have been a great achievement. Too bad the movie doesn't seem to understand the needs of a mystery, its delicate structure. The grotesque of the caricature ridicules the whole story, which otherwise would have been interesting to follow.

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