The Ministers

January 3rd, 2009


The Ministers

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A NYPD detective attempts to avenge the death of her father, but unwittingly becomes involved with one of his killers.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 4.5/10 (819 voted)

Director: Franc. Reyes

Stars: John Leguizamo, Harvey Keitel, Florencia Lozano

In New York, Detective Alberto Santana comes with his partner Joseph Bruno to meet his wife Gina and his daughter Celeste to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. Out of the blue, Alberto is shot in his head on the sidewalk by a man wearing a hood that delivers a religious message from the Lord. Many years later, Celeste is a detective of the New York Police Department and partner of Joe Bruno. When the crooks Alden and Jeff Kane, who had torched their buildings to receive the insurance, are released from prison, they are executed by two criminals in the same modus operandi of detective Santana, and the police department concludes that they are the same killers. Lieutenant Diaz assigns Detective Manso and Detective Demarco from narcotics to investigate the case, for the deception of Celeste. Then the drug dealer Chino and his gang are executed in Manhattan's Lower East Side by the killers Dante and his deformed and deranged twin brother Perfecto...

John Leguizamo - Dante / Perfecto
Harvey Keitel - Joseph Bruno
Florencia Lozano - Celeste Santana
Diane Venora - Gina Santana
Wanda De Jesus - Captain Diaz
Manny Perez - Detective Manso
Saul Stein - Detective Demarco
Benny Nieves - Alberto Santana
Luis Antonio Ramos - Carlos Rojas
Raquel Castro - Nereida
Tammy Trull - Liz
Raquel Jordan - Alma
Alex Luria - Dante / Perfecto 23 years old
Gabriella Fanuele - Celeste 18 years old (as Gabriella Loren)
Josh Segarra - Luis


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2009

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $2,844 (USA) (18 October 2009) (2 Screens)

Gross: $2,844 (USA) (18 October 2009)

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User Review

Lord, forgive me for what I am about to watch

Rating: 3/10

A New York City detective (Celeste - Florencia Lozano) searches for "the ministers," who murdered her father in front of her years ago, and who are still killing. She unwittingly becomes involved with one of the killers (Dante - John Leguizamo).

I came into this movie with low expectations. Nearly every review I saw of it made it look pretty bad, but I will watch pretty much any movie regardless of what the reviewers say. Unfortunately, I ended up having to agree with those reviews.

The acting in this movie just felt really awkward most of the time. Every time Harvey Keitel was on screen it seemed like they just shoved him in front of the camera and threw lines at him without ever letting him see a script. The one scene I'm talking about in particular is when he is crying and begging Celeste to not, it was just embarrassing to watch. John Leguizamo was decent most of the time, but at other times it seemed like he was just goofing around.

The storyline was cluttered and confusing. It really felt like the movie was trying to be a mash-up of Boondock Saints, Se7en, and other crime movies that involve religion. There were too many things going on at once, and none of the elements ended up working.

The ending was HORRIBLE!! I know they were -trying- to be dramatic with it but it just came off seeming un-needed, forced, and cheap. Even if the rest of the movie was passable, the end simply destroys it.

Overall it was an -okay- movie until the ending completely demolishes it.

Final Score - 3/10


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