The Sin Eater 2003

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Father Alex Bernier (Heath Ledger), a renegade priest, is sent to Rome to investigate the death of one of the Order's most revered members. When the body was found, it was covered with archaic religious symbols. Once at the Vatican, Bernier learns of a sect that may be responsible for many more mysterious deaths.

Starring:
Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Peter Weller, Benno Furmann, Heath Ledger
Director Brian Helgeland
Genres Thriller
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 9 February 2004
Main languages English

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
Whodda thunk sins had tentacles? Big CGi ones that leak out from your chest and wrap themselves around the nearest excommunicate with a bit of bread roll in his hand. They do in The Sin Eater aka The Order, which reunites Heath Ledger, Mark Addy and Shannyn Sossamon with their Knight's Tale writer-director Brian Helgeland to vastly diminished returns.

There's a mildly interesting conceit behind this frequently laughable theological thriller, but it never makes it past the incredibly bad writing: every scene and every character seems to be nothing more than backstory and clumsy exposition - it's the kind of movie where the female lead's arrival will immediately be followed by a policeman reminding our hero that she shot him a couple of years ago ("It says here she tried to kill you at an - exercise class?" "She tried to kill me at an exorCISM."), while even total strangers have the ability to relate a character's life history and philosophy at first sight. Then it gets even sillier. Not so much the odd demon that gets casually vanquished en route - "What was that?" "Demonspawn in the guise of children. Nothing I can't handle." - nor even Peter Weller's hardboiled no-bull Cardinal, the Vatican's answer to Philip Marlowe with a streak of Hitler thrown in for good measure. No, it's the masked villain hanging people from crosses underneath a Rome nightclub that really sets this one on the road to Hell in the worst way.

By comparison, the Sin Eater himself comes as a welcome breath of fresh air, albeit short-lived before we're back to the wildly overplayed conspiracy. Ledger seems to be basing his performance on Arthur Pewty from Monty Python's Flying Circus, and at times I almost expected Graham Chapman to appear in officer's uniform to insist "Stop it right now! This sketch has got far too silly!" But that would be far too convincing for this film. Small wonder Vincent Cassell jumped ship from the title role after only a few days' shooting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blonde on 12 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
This film has a very narrow focus on an often forgotten aspect of Catholicism, the Sin Eater. It explores the idea of losing faith in the institution of the Catholic Church and ways that people can get into Heaven outside of the Church.
The actors are all strong and share some great chemistry especially between Ledger and Mark Addy. The visuals are really good, clearly filmed on location around Rome and also on some excellently designed sets. The CGI is inventive and works well while being kept to a minimum and the score suits the film. Main problem lies in the tone and genre. It doesn't have enough twist and turns to be a thriller like `Angels & Demons' nor does it have enough demonic horror to be like `The Exorcist' or enough supernatural action to be like `Constantine'. It is a strange mix of all three of these and is a little tonally uneven. Ledger's performance is very strong and he is an actor who has a face that can be interesting to watch even when he is completely still. I found the film interesting and you learn something about an obscure and forgotten part of Catholicism but it's not quite epic or strong enough to watch a second time.
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Format: DVD
The story
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.

If im honest i was slightly let down by this film i had actually heard some positive things about it so i thought id check it out. i would have to say that the story is not very interesting or exciting and i found myself bored to tears half way through but i carried on watching anyway to see if my hunch was right about how it would end ( that i was ;') the only thing that was positive for me was heaths acting as we all know he was great actor and in this he is great once again i just felt it lacked thrill and excitement some of these religious type horrors have. brian helgeland directed this so some people may think its promising but its really not he should have probably stuck to screenplays as hes done so greats! but anyway all id say is if your really into religious type thriller/horror movies check it out as it may just be for you. but if you dont enjoy those and dont enjoy slow movies with not much excitement id probably give it a miss!
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By Postman Pat on 30 Dec 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD arrived safely and in perfect condition but I had to return it as I thought it would be a film showing the way the Sin Eater (possibly a druid) was involved in the burials of the villagers and instead it was a horror film.
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By G S Edwards on 9 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Saw the highlights of it on another CD and thought how good it looked, however when I watched it after purchasing from Amazon I was a little let down. It moves from one scene to another without making sense, and was hard to know exactly what was going on. Hard to follow or understand, acting also not at its best, although I am a big fan of Mark Addy. Having said that it only cost a couple of quid so I can't complain..... Beware.
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