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The Order (2001)

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A playboy criminal contacts his dad after stealing a Faberge egg. Later it seems his dad has gone missing in Israel so he heads there. His disappearance is linked to the religious sect: The Order. Lots of fight and chase scenes.

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Sheldon Lettich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Rudy Cafmeyer
Charlton Heston ... Professor Finley
Sofia Milos ... Dalia
Brian Thompson ... Cyrus
Ben Cross ... Ben Ner
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Oscar
Sasson Gabai ... Yuri
Alon Aboutboul ... Avram
Joseph J. Tomaska ... Goldman (as Joey Tomaska)
Peter Malota Peter Malota ... Amnon
Sharon Raginiano ... Bassam (as Sharon Reginiano)
Sami Huri ... Lieutenant Itsik
Jack Widerker Jack Widerker ... Executive
David Leitch ... Detective Mike Moran
Abdel Qissi ... Big Arab
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Van Damme plays Rudy whose father, Oscar is an archaeologist. His father goes to Israel. When his father disappears, he goes to Israel to find him. The chief of police claims that his father never entered the country, but an old friend of his father's was expecting him and before he could tell him more, some people start shooting at them. He manages to get away, and when he goes back to the police chief, he still refuses to believe that a crime has been committed. He then has Rudy deported, but Rudy convinces the police woman assigned to bring him to the airport not to and help him find his father. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Aruba | USA

Release Date:

27 December 2001 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Steven Seagal was first slated to star, but later dropped out. See more »

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The scene at Ben Gurion airport was not shot in the arrivals area. There is no matching location there. See more »

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Title Card: 1099 A.D. / It was an age of religious Crusades and Holy Wars. After a grueling four-year campaign, the Knights of Christendom finally arrived at the gates of Jerusalem. During the furious battle for the Holy City, a Flemish Knight, Charles Le Vaillant, had a life-changing epiphany.
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not Vam Damme's best, but still good
11 April 2002 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

I've always been a fan of Jean-Claude van Damme, so I've been mad that his recent movies haven't got theatrical releases, while the latest Adam Sandler and the current breed of gross-out teen movies have. I'd much rather see van Damme on the big screen than another teen movie. Although THE ORDER is far from his best or my favorite of his films (those would be HARD TARGET, SUDDEN DEATH, MAXIMUM RISK, and LEGIONNAIRE), it's still pretty good, even if it does drag in some places and has some hard-to-understand accents. But you can understand enough to know the basic idea of the movie, so it doesn't really matter. Written by van Damme, the story moves had a decent pacer, but the direction could have been a little tighter in some scenes. Van Damme is particularly good, and though it's not his best acting (that would be MAXIMUM RISK), it's better than some of his earlier ones.

The film makes good use of its Israeli locations, sexy newcomer Sofia Milos makes a feisty heroine, and co-stars Ben Cross and Brian Thompson offer good support in roles that are smaller than they should be. Unfortunately, however, Charlton Heston is wasted. I kept saying to myself, "Why go to all the trouble to get a famous big-name veteran screen star to play such a teeny, tiny little role?" His part would have been better suited for the unknown who played van Damme's father, with Heston playing the father. That would have been much better. As I said, some parts tend to drag a little bit, but the action scenes are well-done, my favorite being the entire climactic sequence in the underground tunnel system. There's even some funny bloopers that run before the end credits, though only a few; some more would have been nice.

All-in-all, one of van Damme's better movies storywise, and though I'm not sure if I would actually buy the DVD, I would probably make it an occasional rental. Then again, I'm a big van Damme fan, so I'll probably buy it next time I see it just to have it.


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