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A secret Order has existed within the Church for centuries. Following a series of unexplained murders, renegade priest Father Alex Bernier (Heath Ledger) begins an investigation into the murder of his mentor which leads to a path of unimaginable evil, murder, and the knowledge that there is a fate worse than death. Father Bernier's investigation leads him to The Sin Eater, a key figure in this mysterious and ancient Order. The Sin Eater's is an immortal, who plays God on earth by absolving the unforgivable of their sins outside the Church, which lets greater evil to go unpunished. As the young priest uncovers the answers and pursues these paragons of evil, he fights to save his own soul and that of troubled artist Mara, the woman he loves.

Heath Ledger and Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight's Tale) team up once again in this thriller based on the unforgivable sins of the excommunicated. The movie starts of a little sluggish and with the struggling to find an identity cliché. Unfortunately after leaving the noisy streets of New York, the movie finds no solace or redeeming qualities by journeying to the Vatican City. Filled with idiosyncratic rituals, uneven computer-graphics (CG), and very little comedic value, this film fails to capture any audience at the box office.

Cinema audiences go to see movies for either an escape or entertainment. With no humor (some mild sarcasm, but nothing like Dogma), no big budget explosions (End of Days) and no captivating action scenes, this movie attempts to garner audiences looking for an escape from their everyday lives.  To this extent the movie has a great premise, a good cast, and lots of potential. But unfortunately this movie does a good job of alienating movie-goers with weird rituals which aren't really necessary for the film's progress. For instance, when Alex Bernier goes underground to a goth dungeon to get answers surrounding the mysterious death of his mentor. What he gets is the systematic hangings which spew powerful truths. This is forgivable, but compiled with awkward special effects it estranges box office patrons more than anything else. 

Brian Helgeland known for his success with LA Confidential and the flop The Postman, writes a screenplay which alienates audiences even more than the Kevin Coster bomb, The Postman.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Stigmata (1999)

Heath Ledger (Actor, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Four Feathers, A Knights Tale)

Brian Helgeland (Screenwriter, A Knights Tale, LA Confidential, The Postman)

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Box Office Info:

Heath Ledger (as Alex Bernier)
Shannyn Sossamon (as Mara Sinclair)
Benno Fürmann (as William Eden)
Mark Addy (as Thomas Garrett)

Directed By: Brian Helgeland
Written By: Brian Helgeland
Produced By: 20th Century Fox

Release Date (US): September 5, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 42min

MPAA Rating: Rated R for violent images, sexuality and language.

Budget: $35,000,000

Opening Weekend: $4,310,000

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