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Worth A Look: 5.8%
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by Kevin Thomas

"Is he good? Is he bad? Well, the movie is certainly ugly..."
2 stars

It all starts off promisingly enough. An elderly priest appears to be killed in a flash of blinding light by something known as ‘The Other One’. While investigating, a young priest with a dark past discovers that this entity was a Sin Eater...and then it all goes downhill.

See, ‘The Sin Eater’ is an ancient being who takes the sins of those damned to hell for good intentions that are frowned upon by the church and eats them, allowing the cursed to enter heaven freely. Wow, talk about rubbish enemies! ‘So you save the damned from suffering by taking on their sins eh?...DIE!’…Sorry, what?

See, if the movie changed the tone after such revelations, it might be better, but it still maintains the same foreboding, evil atmosphere it did when you still thought the Sin Eater was an all out bad guy (he later gets back into previous character with some nicely random killing). Not only that, but the lead characters actually go to some much more effective and nasty bad guys for advice on how to catch the Sin Eater! Sort your priorities out, mate. First; deal with the guy who lets people hang while he asks them questions as they’re dying slow, painful deaths, THEN move onto the guy saving nice old priests from hell. Got that?

Annoyingly, almost every single one of the characters are completely cardboard. The only one who makes an even vague impression is the token comedy priest. Even Ledger is practically part of the scenery, and he’s supposed to be leading the affair! There’s some random love interest in there too, (who’s probably meant to be really important, but you’re too bored to care by then) but when her part of the story winds up, you’d barely even registered that she was onscreen (except for when she was naked, obviously). If you are going to include such a strong narrative about dealing with demons (both physical and emotional) then it would help if we cared ever so slightly about the leads.

So we have a fairly boring bunch of characters running around in small circles for the whole running time, hunting a fairly nice enemy (apparently, Soup Kitchen Attendant and Samaritan’s Call Centre Operator are both suggested enemies for the sequel) whilst far more vicious ones give them the finger, right up until the small saving grace that is a nice closing scene. Meh, there’s so much better out there, so why bother with this?

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originally posted: 06/23/04 21:32:59
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User Comments

5/17/11 Ravenmad I was like, REALLY? Really...no, really? I can't take any more baddd movies! 2 stars
11/30/08 Shaun Wallner Very Boring! 1 stars
8/01/06 William Goss Rather weak supernatural drama poorly marketed as horror. Addy is sole highlight. 1 stars
8/11/05 ES Remember the zombie thing at the beginning, what was this movie trying to say= who cares 1 stars
1/17/05 tatum Terrible, should have gone straight to video 1 stars
12/22/04 Landshark Monty Python skewered the pontiff avenger cliche 30 yrs ago, my god this genre's exhausted. 1 stars
11/02/04 Stevo Try watching this crap without shaking your head once 1 stars
3/26/04 S-P I tried twice to watch this through- never did succeed- Terrible Movie. 1 stars
3/24/04 Erica Thornton It's a Van Damme flick, ergo it sucks 1 stars
3/16/04 Brando Wow...bad. REALLY REALLY BAD!!!!! 1 stars
2/13/04 Uruk Hai The ONLY redeeming feature, other than Weller, this film contains is Benno Furman!!! 2 stars
1/20/04 Betty White A really awful "Exorcist" rip-off; stay away...far, far away. 1 stars
1/17/04 Josh Standlee Good effects, but where's the plot!!!!!!!!!!! 2 stars
1/04/04 Leonard Carlson Benno Furman was Awsome!! 4 stars
1/04/04 Shelah Must-see for Ledger fans, interesting echoes of Marlowe's Faustus and Seventh Gate 4 stars
1/02/04 A F I don't know what to say. Could've been done better? 3 stars
1/02/04 Corky Really really really not good at all. 1 stars
12/07/03 Carrie This movie was oustanding & anyone who says otherwise must not have understood it 5 stars
11/13/03 The Quirkfetch Kid Atmospheric thriller a cut above many sensational forerunners & w/ more interesting theme. 4 stars
10/23/03 German Kijel UNA BASURA!!! 1 stars
10/06/03 Gary A pile of trash! Skip it 1 stars
9/25/03 malcolm interesting ideas, but boring as hell 2 stars
9/22/03 krystin F'N HORRIBLE 1 stars
9/18/03 Rob B I love movies with Priests battling evil but this movie didn't have that. 1 stars
9/12/03 Gary I order this movie back in hell 1 stars
9/11/03 Kelie I loved this film, i went expecting nothing and came away with a great deal 5 stars
9/10/03 LoudChris A lame Christian fantasy. 2 stars
9/09/03 Cynthia murky, intermittently nasty, periodically incomprehensible, ultimately boring, what a mess 1 stars
9/09/03 spawnstar a cliche to the max, lousy acting, Eden should've screwed Alex 1 stars
9/08/03 Bob the man That shit sucks ass dick bicth! 1 stars
9/08/03 Jestyr parts of it were passable. but it was like watching 1/2 of a good movie..ok,more like a 1/4 2 stars
9/08/03 Hydrian Anti-climatic, no character development, and poorly written. 2 stars
9/07/03 Gryf first preview looked stylish, then its cgi crap WTF? Aren't most priests gay now though? 1 stars
9/07/03 Dawn Boring, stupid, slow. Not a single redeeming quality. 1 stars
9/06/03 Gary If you people watch this movie, you're gay 1 stars
9/05/03 adam cool 5 stars
9/05/03 mAsON wILLIaMs The longest 100 minutes of my life. Sloooow, arty, and poorly written. 2 stars
9/05/03 Joey saw it. Did not like it 1 stars
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  05-Sep-2003 (R)
  DVD: 01-Feb-2005



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