Priest (2011)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Sleek and stylish, but those qualities are wasted on a dull, derivative blend of sci-fi, action, and horror.


Movie Info

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 … 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:
Written By: Scott Stewart, Min-Woo Hyung, Cory Goodman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 16, 2011
Box Office: $29.1M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Priestess

as Black Hat

as Monsignor Orelas

as Salesman

as Owen Pack

as Monsignor Chamberlai...

as Shannon Pace

as Crocker

as Dr. Tomlin

as Familiar

as Familiar

as Familiar

as Familiar

as Familiar

as Brave Priest

as Strong Priest

as Flashback Priest

as English Speaking Pre...

as Chinese Speaking Pre...

as Farsi Speaking Preac...

as Hindi Speaking Vendo...
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Critic Reviews for Priest

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (15)

Priest is one of those films you will forget about approximately five minutes after it's over. There is absolutely nothing memorable here.

Full Review… | March 13, 2013
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

'Priest' is about five beads shy of a rosary.

Full Review… | January 12, 2013
Tribune News Service

Priest is a lousy action movie with boring characters, a convoluted plot, and, most unforgivable, very little compelling action.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
ScreenRant

"Priest" is one of those films you will forget about approximately five minutes after it's over. There is absolutely nothing memorable or noteworthy about it

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Examiner.com

anyone who has seen the trailer has seen a good 80% of anything worth watching here

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
SFX Magazine

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.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Deano78
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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.

Beefy
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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