Reviewed by: Michael Morgan
What about the death and resurrection of Christ was important and vital to Christianity? Answer
HELL—What did Jesus say about it? Is it a real place? Answer
How can I be saved from Hell? Answer
DEMONS—Can Christians be demon possessed? How can Satan influence believers? Answer
What are demons? Answer
Are you going to Heaven? Are you SURE you know the answer this extremely important question? Find out now!…
SUICIDE—What does the Bible say? Answer
Does God really exist? How can I know? Answer
If God knows I am HURTING, why doesn’t He help me? Answer
Does God feel our pain? Answer
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jon Laurimore, Giulia Lombardi, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy | Directed by: Brian Helgeland | Produced by: Craig Baumgarten, Adam Merims, Brian Helgeland, Tim Van Rellim | Written by: Brian Helgeland | Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
The Order” is a movie about a dwindling group of Catholic priests called “Carolinians”, who are responsible for casting the demons “back into hell from which they came.” The main character, Alex (Heath Ledger), is on a never ending search for knowledge when his mentor dies. We learn, as the movie goes on, that Dominic, Alex’s mentor, took Alex under his wing after his mother’s tragic death. Alex grows into adulthood as a Carolinian and goes on his first mission, to investigate the murder of a young boy.
On this assignment he meets a girl (Shannyn Sossamon), and she stays with him. Years later, during an exorcism, she shoots him. Right before he leaves for Rome, to investigate Dominic’s death, she returns to him. When they get to Rome they learn of a man called a Sin-Eater, who is able to allow access to Heaven without having to give yourself to God.
Alex meets with the Sin-Eater, and the Sin-Eater talks him into break his vow of celibacy. I would love to divulge more, but I’m afraid that it would be giving away too much.
This movie is chock-full of Catholic mythology, and fights between the good guys and a few demons. Also, it graphically depicts suicide, and a murder or two. The language in the movie, however detestable, is at least not extreme. There is a sex scene in this R-rated movie, but it was done with as much class as I think a sex scene could be done.
“The Order” leads one to believe that not only does God not care about us, and turns a deaf ear, but that there is another way to eternal salvation without taking Jesus into your heart. This is just not true.
I found this movie to be fairly well made, but extremely offensive, and certainly not for viewing by anyone less than an adult or the most mature teen. If despite these warnings, you choose to view this movie, be ready to hold tightly onto your beliefs, after all we would be nothing without God.
Violence: Heavy | Profanity: Moderate | Sex/Nudity: Heavy