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The Confession


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  • Actors: John Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Max Casella
  • Directors: Brad Mirman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TZFZ5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

THE CONFESSION is a tale of unique redemption and an exploration of good and evil featuring a hit man (Kiefer Sutherland, 24) and a priest (Academy Award® nominee John Hurt, The Elephant Man). On Christmas Eve, the hit man enters a church to confess his sins. Through a series of gripping flashbacks, the Confessor's journey is revealed, laying out what has brought him to this moment and leading to a climax where his chance at ultimate redemption hangs in the balance. While at first the Confessor seems to be an evil, cold-blooded killing machine and the Priest the ultimate arbiter of good, as time passes, it becomes clear that both men are much more complicated than either could have suspected.

Special Features:

  • Feature Film Cut of the Complete Series
  • 4 Exclusive, Never-Before-Seen Episodes
  • 4 Promotional Featurettes with Cast & Crew Interviews
  • 10 Behind-the-Scenes Episodes

Customer Reviews

Great suspense, great story and a surprise ending.
Vasiliki Kyriakakis
I saw this movie, and liked it so much I purchased it and have watched it a couple of times again.
Janice C.
The twists and turns are numerous and when you think you've got it all figured out...BAM!
Ruth L. Moats

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
For those that don't follow the increasingly complex world of Internet entertainment, Brad Mirman's series of webisodes entitled "The Confession" has been packaged as a feature film DVD. Airing as original episodes on Hulu for a nine week run, this may well set the standard for sophisticated and professional programming for a new age. The taut and dramatic screenplay unravels as basically just a verbal exchange between two men. But when those men are Keifer Sutherland and John Hurt, both giving riveting performances, the screen is alive with electricity. The webisodes blend seamlessly into a feature that runs just shy of seventy minutes. "The Confession," with Sutherland as an enigmatic hitman, may not meet the violence and action quota that many similar stories would choose. It is, instead, something much more interesting--almost like a dynamic two man play (with flashes of other characters and peripheral material). While mostly just talk, it is still ceaselessly entertaining and tense.

The plot is not that unexpected, truth be told. Sutherland steps into a confessional with priest Hurt ready to absolve his sins. But he isn't seeking forgiveness, he is pushing to understand Hurt's theological perspective on the nature of good versus evil. Is he trying to reconcile his criminal lifestyle? Perhaps seeking redemption? Playing mind games? Or trying to provoke this man of God? Through a series of flashbacks, his ulterior motives will be revealed. I wasn't particularly surprised about where this sordid little tale led (it seems rather apparent), but it is always a fascinating journey to get there.

If I was rating "The Confession" as a straight-up movie, I might give it four stars. The two leads are absolutely mesmerizing and make this a can't miss proposition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on August 29, 2012
Format: DVD
The confession will surprise you due its intense originality. Sutherland is a mercenary who suddenly decides to make a confession. A dark past, a serious religious conflict in which the free will is the common denominator, a suspenseful script will hold to your seat.

John Hurt as the Priest, is terrific too. Don't miss this one! Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MadMacs on February 12, 2012
Format: DVD
I knew something was odd when the rental download was completed and it registered just a bit over one hour in length. Had no idea this was a speciality production, created as part of an anthology that was viewable via the web. It plays however, much in the vein as a made-for-tv movie.

Not that that would be a deterrence, excellence in tv movies is not uncommon. Especially given that, in addition to taking on the lead role, this was also produced by Keifer.

However, that bona fides aside, 'Confession' is not a particularly novel idea. I've screened several productions over the years where the characters argue 'good' versus 'evil' and the true nature of humanity. And I've even seen it in this very configuration, utilizing an assassin and a priest.

But it's Keifer Sutherland wielding the weapon, and that carries a much greater impact, a depth of interest given his performance over the past decade as his tv alter-ego, Jack Bauer.

The film opens as the assassin enters a confessional on Christmas Eve. He confronts the priest there, telling him that they are going to debate the qualities of God and man's inhumanity -or- someone will die that very night. He's deadly serious.

Again, I've seen this before and the plot is not particularly creative. But given the strong performances by both Sutherland and co-star John Hurt, it was engaging enough for the full hour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChrisG. on October 1, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have watched The Confession several times and it is an equisite portrayal of the things that torment men's souls. I do not want to give away the dramatic conclusion to the story, but this film shows how two lives come together and then are forever changed by life events. One man struggles to understand the seeds of evil that have taken root and flourished in his soul and the other struggles to cast the seeds of evil from his life by embracing God. If you ever enjoyed Keifer Sutherland in the hit TV show 24 you will understand how adept this actor is at showing the darker side of the human psyche. Wow!! This movie is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You know the crash is coming and that there will be vast destruction, but you just can't avert your eyes. You are compelled to see the story through to its climatic end. See this film. It is one you will talk about for many weeks. It is extremely thought provoking, and will spark many a discussion concerning good, evil, retribution, and restitution. Worth every penny!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By leepers on March 1, 2012
Format: DVD
I had just viewed this movie on Netflix (by scanning). This is one of the best movies I had ever viewed; except for 1 caviat; one of Keifer Southerland's character's scene was very reminiscent of scene(s) of the show, "24". The religious/faith verbal tug-of-war between Southerland's character and particularly the priest-John Hurt-in the confessional was worthy of an oscar (other awards)nomination, at least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin King on February 22, 2014
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What a surprise, who is good and who is bad. That depends on which side of the divide you are on. Highly entertaining and great acting from Kiefer and John .
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