In this religious thriller, Alex Bernier (Heath Ledger) is called up to travel to Rome and investigate the death of the Head of the Carolingians Order. What he finds is evidence that perhaps his mentor may have been taken by the Sin Eater (played by Benno Furmann), a legend that offers a way into heaven without the church. After inspecting the body, it appears as though the it has been marked with the work of the Sin Eater. Alex teams up with Father Thomas (Mark Addy) and Mara Sinclair (Shannon Sossamon), a woman whom he had previously performed an exorcism, to tackle the mysterious Sin Eater. After Father Thomas contacts an underground Pagan leader, who enlightens the group on the historic legend of the Sin Eater, Alex soon finds himself smack dab in the middle of something he might not come out of alive.
Realizing that the Sin Eater may not be a superstition or legend after all, Alex begins to question many things, especially after he receives a visit from the Sin Eater. He is faced with a life altering choice, a choice between love and death, and the decision he makes will change everything.
Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential, Highway to Hell, Blood Work, and Mystic River) the cinematography in the film is absolutely breathtaking. Shot on location in Rome, every scene breathes life of the city and is a spectacular watch. The story is compelling, and a little frightening, something more along the likes of Helgeland's other horror ventures such as Nightmare on Elm Street 4, though you will find that The Order is made with more of an artistic point of view. The cast is terrific and all of them provide watch-worthy performances. Peter Weller is exceptionally good as Driscoll, the priest who sends Alex on his quest for truth.