The Sin Eater  [DVD]
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For centuries, a secret order of priests has existed within the Church. A renegade priest, Father Alex Bernier (Heath Ledger), is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of one of the orders most revered members. Following a series of strangely similar killings, Bernier launches an investigation that forces him to confront unimaginable evil and the terrifying knowledge that there is a fate worse than death.
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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.
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!
The film was interesting for those that like those Catholic church secret knowledge films, but it is not on the order of "The Omen" or "The Da Vinci Code."
Guide: F-bomb, sex, near nudity.
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.Read more ›
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Heath Ledger can do no weong in my eyes. What a pity that he's no longer with us.Published 5 months ago by Mr. M. Jackson
I enjoyed this movie with Heath Ledger starring as a young priest. One has to see it to enjoy and appreciate it
I would call it a light drama. Read more