The Order



                                                              Risk is my business!


In the year 1099, during the Crusades in the 11th Century, Christian soldiers arrive to Jerusalem and slaughter the local population. Christian soldier Charles Le Vaillant (Van Damme) becomes demoralized by the horrors of war, and he decides to create a new religious order. This new order brings together members from the three main religions of the region: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. As a self-imposed leader and messiah, Charles writes the sacred texts of the Order. The Christian Crusaders accuse Charles of heresy, and attack him and his disciples. During the attack, the last chapter from their religious text becomes lost in the desert.

In modern-day Israel, a devout contingent of Le Vaillant's followers continues to practice his peaceful teachings. But a disciple named Cyrus has a distorted view of the Order's ecumenical intention. In present time, Rudy Cafmeyer (again Van Damme) is a thief and smuggler of valuable historical artifacts. Rudy manages to break into a high security building where he steals a precious Faberge Egg, the kind decorated with precious stones. Needless to say, the alarm goes off and Rudy has to fight his way out of the building.

Rudy is a good and loving son, who would do anything for his father Oscar "Ozzie" Cafmeyer. Ozzie, an archaeologist and museum curator, discovers the manuscripts that were lost during the crusades. The manuscripts clearly extol interfaith harmony. In those manuscripts, there is also an ancient map of Jerusalem, which shows the location of a mythical Jewish treasure. Ozzie travels to Israel, where Cyrus has him kidnapped. Rudy, who heard the abduction take place while talking to Ozzie on the phone, travels to Jerusalem to rescue Oscar. Oscar's associate, Professor Walt Finley, hands Rudy the key to a safe-deposit box in East Jerusalem before being gunned down by unknown assailants.

Israeli Police Chief Ben Ner views Rudy's arrival with hostility and takes steps to have Rudy deported, but police lieutenant Dalia Barr risks her career to help Rudy -- she was once a disciple of the Order, but she left when she was eighteen years old. Meanwhile, Cyrus assassinates the Order's leader, Pierre Gaudet, and steps up his inflammatory rhetoric, hoping to inflame his followers.

Rudy opens the safe-deposit box and finds a map that shows a series of tunnels and a treasure room beneath Jerusalem. Ben Ner, who has partnered with Cyrus, just covets the gold that the underground tunnels lead to, but Cyrus hopes to plant a bomb during Ramadan that will turn the Israelies against the Palestinians. Dalia and Rudy must infiltrate the Order's monastery, free Ozzie, and prevent an explosion that could push tensions in the  Holy Land past the point of no return......







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Directed by Sheldon Lettich
Produced by Avi Lerner
Written by Les Weldon
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme
Charlton Heston
Sofia Milos
Brian Thompson
Vernon Dobtcheff
Music by Pino Donaggio
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) December 13, 2001
Running time 89 min
Language English