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Priest (2011)

  Tags: Alan Dale, based on comic, Brad Dourif, Buckaroo Entertainment, Cam Gigandet, Christopher Plummer, Lily Collins, Mädchen Amick, Michael De Luca Productions, Paul Bettany, priest, Sam Raimi, Scott Charles Stewart, Screen Gems, Stephen Moyer, TOKYOPOP, vampire

Your rating: None Average: 3.7 (9 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
6

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Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Scott Charles Stewart
Runtime: 
87 minutes
Cast: 
Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, Stephen Moyer, Lily Collins, Mädchen Amick, Christopher Plummer, Brad Dourif, Alan Dale


Based on the Korean graphic novel with the same name, Priest is the latest flick from director Scott Stewart. If you've seen Stewarts previous effort, Legion, then you pretty much know what to expect from Priest, especially considering it also stars actor Paul Bettany, who once again plays an all-around badass unstoppable character. I've only read the first graphic novel several years ago, so I can't really compare the two, but one doesn't necessarily need to know the source material to realize that the movie has changed quite a bit of the storyline.

The film is set in an alternate future, where war between vampires and humans have been going on for centuries, which eventually leads to the construction of walled cities controlled by the Church. The war against the bloodsuckers had been a futile one until the Church created an army of skilled warrior Priests that can outthink and combat the vampires accordingly. They eventually wiped out the vampire race (or so they thought), thus leading the Priests to become pointless and essentially casted off into regular society.

When Paul Bettany's character's niece is supposedly kidnapped by a pack of vampires, he goes to the church to request to be reinstated, but they refuse to do so, believing that the vampire menace had long been extinct. This leads the Priest to go rogue and accompanied by the niece's boyfriend/sheriff, the duo search the vast wastelands for the missing girl. Meanwhile, the Church believes his disobedience to be an act against them, so they set a group of other Priests to hunt him down.

I'll admit, I did enjoy the movie to an extent. It's a very flawed film, but still managed to deliver some fairly entertaining action and cool sequences. I also liked the mix of old and new technology, especially with the interesting wild west-type backdrop. Positive aside, it was definitely hard to ignore the bad-looking CG when it came to the vampires. I liked the concept of the vampires being portrayed as primal and basically just vicious nocturnal creatures, but unfortunately they just looked bad, and very reminiscent of the creatures from I Am Legend.

Priest is pretty much just a blend of various other films, offering very little in the form of creativity. However, I knew what I was getting into while watching the movie, so ignoring the cheesy dialogue, plot-holes, and horrible CGI, I shut my mind off for the hour and a half and just enjoyed it for what it was -- a fairly entertaining supernatural action flick.

Posted on June 27, 2011 - 6:13pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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