Priest

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

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In a society ravaged by centuries of war between humans and vampires, a legendary warrior priest (Paul Bettany), a veteran of the last conflict, lives in an enclosed city ruled by the church. When a murderous pack of vampires kidnaps his niece (Lily Collins), the priest breaks his sacred vows and sets out to rescue her before the bloodsuckers put the bite on her. Joining him on his quest are his niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet) and a former priestess (Maggie Q) with supernatural fighting skills.

Cast & Crew

Karl Urban
Black Hat
Maggie Q
Priestess
Christopher Plummer
Monsignor Orelas
Alan Dale
Monsignor Chamberlain
Mädchen Amick
Shannon Pace
Cory Goodman
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Glenn S. Gainor
Executive Producer
Steven H. Galloway
Executive Producer
Stu Levy
Executive Producer
Josh Bratman
Executive Producer
Don Burgess
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Critic Reviews for Priest

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  • Dec 14, 2015
    In a world ravaged by centuries of war between humans and vampires some warrior priests attempt to tip the scales in favor of humanity. Get ready for some puny humans against superhuman vampires action, shot in the best remember-the-Matrix style. Or not.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2015
    We usually get about 3 films like this a year, A fantasy action film that no one really hears much about and they hardly ever deliver in entertainment value, This is the same, It could of been better but it's too dark, I can't comment on the 3D as I watched the 2D version but I can't imagine it being any good, It felt rushed and the action scenes were nothing great, The effects were ok but that's about it, It's not a terrible film but it was never going to be great.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2013
    The only thing sharp in this movie was the minimal action. Everything else including the acting was a little whack. Although the story had originality it lacked true execution which made the movie a little corny.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2013
    In the future, the humans have won a decisive war against the vampires, thus ensuring humanity will be safe from any more teen vampire movies, but at a great cost, rendering most of the planet a vast wasteland. But then news reaches a former warrior priest(Paul Bettany), reduced to manual labor, of a vampire attack and his niece Lucy(Lily Collins) being taken captive. Still, Monsignor Orelas(Christopher Plummer) forbids him from going to the rescue, on the off chance there might be a toilet that needs cleaning, but the priest goes anyway. Along with Hicks(Cam Gigandet), a family friend and local sheriff, he follows a lead that takes them to a vampire reservation. "Priest" has certain things going for it like its astounding visuals.(Ah, the kids these days and their computer effects...) And, oooh, look, a train! While the movie may think it is telling a different kind of story, it really is not. And not just a western, but a specific western, "The Searchers," which as overrated as it is, is still much superior to what is going on here.(And I did not realize that until the 38th time Hicks asked if the priest was going to kill Lucy.) The worst part is this means that vampires take the place of the Indians in the story, and not very scary vampires at that. And then there is Paul Bettany who is certainly no John Wayne.(And yes, John Wayne was no Paul Bettany but this ain't a Lars von Trier movie we're talking about.) Well, at least, Karl Urban got the memo. That having been said, "Priest" remains marginal until its climax, when instead of hitting its stride, falls apart at the worst possible moment, finding even more movies to ransack and proving that there are indeed limits to suspending one's disbelief.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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