'The Order' [Blu-ray]
(Heath Ledger, Benno Furmann, Mark Addy, Peter Weller, et al / Blu Ray / R / 2010 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) stars as a troubled priest caught up in the murderous conspiracy of an arcane sect of dissident holy men in 'The Order.'
Blu-Ray: Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a conservative priest, wise beyond his young years, struggling against the modernity of the Catholic Church, and a member of an archaic and declining fringe of the mainstream church. He is a troubled young man, having had relations with a female, whom he still loves, but alas, can not have if he wants to remain a priest.
He then learns that the head of his order, the Carolingians, a kind of Faustian faction within the church, reminiscent of the Cathars, has been found dead in Rome, apparently from suicide. This being one of the cardinal sins of the Catholic Church, the priest being denied burial in consecrated ground, and hence denied entry into Heaven.
In Rome he discovers that the head of his order had dealings with the "Sin Eater", a renegade that provides absolution outside of the Church, by devouring the sins of his clients, and hence a threat to the power of the Church itself. He gets permission to search for this Sin Eater, and enlisting the help of the only remaining member of his order except himself, he seeks him out in quite dark places, even having to enter the domain of the Dark Pope to find him. This domain was so wonderfully done; it is something of the best I've seen in films of this kind.
The film is a kind of mixture between "The Ninth Gate", "Constantine", "Omen" and "End of Days", if that gives you an indication. Interestingly, it is also not anti-European at all, like 99% of the films made by Jewish Hollywood, the only indication is that the evil character in the film of course had to be a very European-looking person, but that might be coincidence, I don't know.
Without revealing the ending, I can just say that this is decidedly one of the best horror/thriller movies I've seen, and one I highly recommend, portraying important spiritual issues without the usual nonsense from Hollywood. [NL] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary by Director Brian Helgeland
Deleted scenes with optional Director’s commentary
Father and the Nuns
Father Bernier gives last rights to George
William Eden visits the nursery
Father Bernier and the Nuns / Mara meets Father Garrett
Club Inferno outtake
Father Garrett’s end