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Priest (2011)

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

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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
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Western
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Box Office:
$29,100,000.00
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Cast

Paul Bettany
as Priest
Maggie Q
as Priestess
Christopher Plummer
as Monsignor Orelas
Karl Urban
as Black Hat
Brad Dourif
as Salesman
Stephen Moyer
as Owen Pack
Alan Dale
as Monsignor Chamberlain
Mädchen Amick
as Shannon Pace
Dave Florek
as Crocker
Joel Polinsky
as Dr. Tomlin
Josh Wingate
as Familiar
Jon Braver
as Familiar
Casey Pieretti
as Familiar
Theo Kypri
as Familiar
John Griffin
as Familiar
David Backhaus
as Familiar
David Bianchi
as Familiar
Tanoai Reed
as Brave Priest
Arnold Chon
as Strong Priest
Austin Priester
as Flashback Priest
Julie Mond
as Wife
Michael D. Nye
as Minister
Raynor Scheine
as Minister
Kevin T. McCarthy
as English Speaking Preacher
Boyuen Lou
as Chinese Speaking Preacher
Anthony Azizi
as Farsi Speaking Preacher
Pramod Kumar
as Hindi Speaking Vendor
Lafayette R. Dorsey, Sr.
as Clergy Trooper
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Critic Reviews for Priest

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (15)

The God of Aborted Franchises will be pleased.

Full Review… | May 18, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

"Priest'' is based on a series of Korean graphic novels. What it's really based on, though, is other movies - a whole lot of other movies.

Full Review… | May 16, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

High production values and slick editing can't save this picture. Nor does its overbearing soundtrack music, which tries to strong-arm viewers into believing they're watching a pulse-pounding thriller.

Full Review… | May 15, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A mash-up of vampire horror and period westerns stewed with Blade Runner cityscapes and ridiculous religious images in a bubbling cauldron of dumb ideas and sinfully bad dialogue.

Full Review… | May 15, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Too good-looking to be dismissed entirely, not bad enough to be worthy of outright scorn, but not good enough to watch, either.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

The film, based in name only on a series of South Korean graphic novels, has nice, washed-out desert exteriors and some cool jet-powered motorcycles, but there's nothing in the hackneyed story or the derivative action scenes to make you take notice.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Priest

½

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx
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.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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