Critic Consensus: Sleek and stylish, but those qualities are wasted on a dull, derivative blend of sci-fi, action, and horror.
Priest, a western-fused post-apocalyptic thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. -- (C) Sony … More
|Rating:||PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language)|
|Genre:||Western, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Scott Stewart|
|Written By:||Scott Stewart, Min-Woo Hyung, Cory Goodman|
|In Theaters:||May 13, 2011 Wide|
|On DVD:||Aug 16, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for Priest
Another broad yet eclectic little genre-blender to (maybe) toss into your rental queue.
Priest is one of those films you will forget about approximately five minutes after it's over. There is absolutely nothing memorable here.
The good news is that Priest is not nearly as painful to sit through as Legion. But that's about it for the good news.
Priest is a lousy action movie with boring characters, a convoluted plot, and, most unforgivable, very little compelling action.
Audience Reviews for Priest
In a future society where the human race has enclosed itself in walled cities governed by a fascistic religious state after centuries of war with a race of vampires, an ex-warrior is called upon to help track down the kidnapped daughter of his brother. Switch the jet cycles for horses and vampires for Indians, Priest shows itself to be a sci-fi horror version of John Ford's classic The Searchers. It's actually an adaptation of a Korean graphic novel and it contains all the appropriate slo-mo wire work and flashing blades you'd expect in the post Matrix era and there are some very solid action sequences. The biggest problem with the film is that it's all so derivative; there's an extensive hotch-potch of ideas drawing on various sources but not one of them is remotely original. By far the best part of the film are the scenes set in the Judge Dredd style mega city which owe a great visual debt to Blade Runner and the idea of a futuristic society ruled by the church is a really interesting one. Unfortunately these scenes are fairly short lived, the plot switching to an action-western format that's a lot less interesting. The creatures are rather cartoony and unconvincing as you'd expect from computer generated monsters and Karl Urban's bad guy garners way too little screen time. Having said all that, it's still reasonably entertaining and cracks along at a pace that staves off boredom making for generic but flashy chop socky sci fi that's forgettable but fun.
Ok so the pitch for this must have been Matrix meets Underworld. It's very stylized, has some nice production. The CGI was good especially for the Vamps, the weapon and vehicle design was nice ( There is a 10 min featurette on the DVD for these, the bikes looking a cross between Tron/Akira styles and Darth Maul's speeder!) However it's sadly lacking in story, which is just bizarre and substance with a run time 75min! The ending just happens a bit too quick. Nice touches but overall not a patch on the similar films.
Take a bunch of derivative narrative elements, shake furiously, and pour them out onto the screen without any discernible talent or narrative momentum. Hopefully Paul Bettany is done with this kind of twaddle.
|Husband:||You find Lucy, you bring her back. And brother, you promise me one thing. Kill em all!|
|Priest:||You've got your gun loaded?|
|Priest:||You're gonna need it.|
|Familiar:||You're to late Priest, this is their time now.|
|Hicks:||Point A? Meet point fucking B.|
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