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The Ministers (2009)

John Leguizamo , Harvey Keitel , Franc. Reyes  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Leguizamo, Harvey Keitel
  • Directors: Franc. Reyes
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WKOKAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ministers" on IMDb

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Thirteen years after her father was slain and the only evidence left at the crime scene was a pamphlet for a Secret shrouded religious order known as The Ministers, a New York City homicide detective sets out to discover the truth behind her father s gruesome death, but unwittingly becomes involved with one of his killers.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Considering the two major stars and intriguing plot synopsis, I expected a lot more from this movie than it delivered. It had a low budget feel and many technical errors in plot and editing that were confusing and amateurish. John Leguizamo did a good job with the dual part of twins, one disfigured by fire, both on a quest for revenge against slumlords and crooked cops, but they hardly represent a "secret shrouded religious order" as promised in the plot synopsis. Instead, they are merely two bickering brothers living in a crummy apartment, occasionally "shrouding" their faces with ridiculous fright wigs. Harvey Keitel does a fair job with what he is given, but he isn't given much. This is miles away from his performance in "The Bad Lieutenant", and not all of the blame lies with Harvey. Indeed, the character he portrays and his overall performance are entirely forgettable.

Why is the "dirty cop" part necessary? It has no bearing on the story. Why is everyone always angry, shouting, and arguing? Is the arrest of the drug kingpin by Santana a dream or reality, and why is it filmed so differently than the rest of the movie (with a "tacked on" look)? The accidental killing of the third, religious brother is poorly staged and completely unconvincing. A seasoned cop, running into a stranger standing openly on a well-lit corner does not "accidentally" shoot them in the chest. The whole mistaken identity concept that occurs afterward is absurdly unlikely. Santana, supposedly a young rookie, appears to be at least 35 years old. None of the characters resemble the alternate actors chosen to portray them at an earlier age, except for Harvey who looks the same (very old) all the way through, etc. etc. etc.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This little indie is the second movie John Leguizamo produced and stared in for Franc Reyes, the other being Empire, Reyes first film.
When I first saw the movie poster...I though...meh...they are trying to capitalize on the Boondock Saints 2 that hit theaters around the same time, but because I love Johnny Legz and Harvey Keitel...I figured I would give this a shot. While there are slight similarities between the two films THE MINISTERS is no Boondock Saints..and that is a good thing. It is original, and visceral in it's own right. The story is a large one that spans decades but is crammed into a one hour and twentyfive minute film, because of this it seems like the writing is rushed...or perhaps it is the editing which makes the film feel a bit rushed... I guess Reyes does not have the clout to pull of a 3 hour flick yet in his career...this film could have been allot better with more time spent on character development and story arch. That being said I do not think this was a bad movie at all...in fact I LOVED IT.
Johnny Legs plays twins Dante and Perfecto, from the Bronx New York. The two had an accident in the 70's and feel like the lord has given them the go ahead for a little divine vengeance. Reyes does well with what he is allotted in terms of run time, and John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel are stellar...in the film would have not been the same without them. This was one of Keitel's best performances in years...if not ever.
The story develops in a way that can be a bit predictable because of the pacing but it is action packed, and highly entertaining....a must see to start your new year.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Robin Hood December 23, 2009
Format:DVD
From the box @ the rental store, I'd assume that this was about intrigue within the church. However, the story is quite different. John Leguizamo turns in a solid performance as two twin brothers, Dante and Perfecto Mendoza. Orphaned due to a landlord's placing assets over people, they embark on a vigilante mission against wrong-doing fat cats. There's a bit of a modern-day Robin Hood feel, albeit the brothers execute rather than rob. Celeste Santana plays a cop whose policeman father was gunned down. She falls in love with the brother who was not disfigured by fire. The story unravels bit by bit as the hidden relationships and conflicts bubble to the surface. Harvey Keitel plays the partner Joe Bruno. Wanda DeJesus gives a nice performance as Captain Diaz. While not a classic, this is a strong character-driven crime drama. Enjoy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A bold and challenging gaze about the unsuspected ramifications of religion, ethical politics, race and vengeance around Celeste Santana, a police detective of New York police whose father was killed during his job. the only clue is a pamphlet about a mysterious religious group better known as The ministers.

Thirteen years after the gang has reappeared. Celeste claims vengeance for herself but she will be out of the investigation by obvious reasons. Her terrible loneliness will lead her without knowing an erroneous decision. And then a web of unsaid details around this painful incident will be reopened showing us that in last instance all of us have something to hide; and this statement will even include the good guys.

Once more, Harvey Keitel proves he is overtly, one of the top six actors of his generation, the other five would be to my mind Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, James Woods, James Caan and Robert Duvall, gives a brilliant performance as the police partner of Celeste in this interesting movie.

A convincing, absorbing and dark thriller that well deserves to be watched.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I bought this movie because of the price and John Leguizamo. I was really surprised on how good this movie is. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Al Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars barrel-scraping psycho-religio thriller
In the flatfooted psycho-religio thriller "The Ministers," John Leguizamo plays Scripture-spouting twin brothers - one with a scarred face for purposes of differentiation - who've... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Roland E. Zwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I am a good fan of John, I love all his jokes movie ,plays and he is a great man
Published 16 months ago by Nat
2.0 out of 5 stars I was so hopeful
I bought this movie because I'm a fan of Florencia Lozano (Celeste), she said in an interview that she'd always wanted to carry a movie and finally had. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rachel Duncan
1.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Turn Off
I didn't even finish watching. I was already tired of all the cops and killers cliches when a drug lord captured two undercover cops (bad cops on the take) and tortured them. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Barbara Frederick
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful ,Its Blu Ray
The costume Designer deserves an oscar ,Just not for the work in this Reyes film . Michael Anzalone is an amazing designer crafting a world so real its goes unnoticed. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by gayequalrights
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what a cop story should be!
Keitel & Leguizamo, what a crew!
Nah, they aren't partners, but they make the movie memorable.
It's not over the top, very believable. Read more
Published on May 19, 2011 by maniac
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the watch
Those are one and a half hours of my life that I can't get back. Although John Leguizamo did an excellent job in his dual role as twin brothers Dante and Perfecto Mendoza from the... Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by Co-editors Nancy Gray and Dennis Field
4.0 out of 5 stars Minister-Reyes
In this move you will get a stunning performance out of John Leguizamo showing the Duality of the two brothers Dante & Perfecto the story and movie itself feel a little bit rushed... Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by GBLtdM
5.0 out of 5 stars worth seeing over and over again.
this was an awesome movie, i will not give any details because i dont want to spoil it for anyone, but this is a great movie.
Published on August 20, 2010 by S. Foster
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