Priest 2011

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A legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them.

Starring:
Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet
Runtime:
1 hour 27 minutes

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Priest

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Horror
Director Scott Stewart
Starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet
Supporting actors Maggie Q, Karl Urban, Lily Collins, Stephen Moyer
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Milton on 16 July 2012
Format: DVD
Priest is a 2011 vampire movie starring Paul Bettany (Legion), Maggie Q (Die Hard 4.0, Mission Impossible III), Karl Urban (Doom, Chronicles of Riddick, Ghost Ship) and Cam Gigandet (Pandorum, The Unborn) and is based on the Korean graphic novel by Hyung Min-woo. I wasn't sure quite what to expect from this one. Having watched the trailer, I thought it looked ok but it was pointed out to me by a dear friend that "You liked Van Helsing, of course you'll love that nonsense."

I enjoy horror, of course I do. I enjoy alternate history horror where artistic license has been taken with real events. Steampunk type adventures interest me too. However, what we have here with Priest is, at its base level, an action movie with a horror aspect rather than vice versa.

That is not to say I didn't enjoy it, far from it. As an action movie, I feel it stood up very well and reminded me at various points of a number of movies. The Priests and the setting for this film are effectively Judge Dredd (coincidentally, Karl Urban will be seen as Judge Dredd in 2012's Dredd) , The fight sequences are very much stylised martial arts coreography and the general feel is very much that of a Western. That enough of a mash-up for you?!

The vampires in Priest make a nice change from the usual bloodsuckers we see and are certainly far from the angsty sparkly nonsense of certain films. With Priest, the vampires are photosensitive cave dwellers who live in hives. Any human bitten by them either dies or becomes a familiar; they do not turn.

The cast here have done very well with the subject matter presented before them. Bettany is compelling as the tortured lead, Maggie Q holds her own as always, Urban is suitably sinister as the villain and Cam Gigandet is believable as the young lawman.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PF Cope TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Despite some of the reviews, I quite enjoyed this vampire action movie and it looked great in it's 3D splendour, interlaced with comic book type graphics and futuristic styled backdrops. Paul Bettany plays his roll with sufficient gusto and ably assisted by the rest of the cast, and the fight scenes and special effects are well done for a movie of this genre. If newer style vampire films are your thing, then this should not disappoint, especially in 3D.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By PIM on 8 May 2011
Format: DVD
Brazil. Dark City. Franklyn. Blade Runner. Equilibrium. The Matrix. Mad Max. Pitch Black. Underworld. Blade II. Constantine. The work of HR Giger and Westerns in general. If you are fans of these movies and the sci-fi/fantasy genre, plus the new wave of the quirky western mish-mash, then this is the movie for you. Director Scott Stewart, who also directed Paul Bettany in the religious horror shoot-em-up `Legion', delivers a shameless homage to all these movies whilst also blending something original into the mix. Out of the blend comes a highly enjoyable post-apocalyptic action picture that arrives at a frontier town of gunslingers, sheriffs and fraudulent moonshine salesman via a futuristic freight express train that thunders across a `cursed earth' familiar to any 2000AD reader.

An opening animated crawl that plays over the opening credits tells of great war between humans and vampires that, after the defeat of the vampire race, lead to humanity retreating inside walled-off Orwellian futuristic cities - administered by a ruling religious council and surrounded by the cursed earth. When a surprise re-appearance off a horde of salivating vampires attack a western-style homestead in the barren wasteland, killing the husband and wife custodians and kidnapping the daughter, The Priest (Paul Bettany) disobeys the dictats of the ruling council of elders and journeys off into the cursed earth on his aircraft engine-powered desert motorcycle to rescue her. He is accompanied by Hicks (Cam Gigandet), a young sheriff and fiancé of the kidnapped girl known as Lucy (Lily Collins).
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Format: DVD
I was curious about this film and I really wanted to like it - but it proved to be simply impossible... Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

This film was based on a very original South Korean comic and therefore it was clear, that visual aspects would have to be the main asset - but it never means that one has to sacrify completly the scenario and especially the dialogs... Here, very sadly, it was exactly what happened and therefore if visually this film has many merits, the scenario, the dialogs and character development are beneath everything...

So, to get the story out of the way. In an alternate reality humans and vampires always shared the world and of course always were at war, as the latter considered the former mostly as source of food and occasionally also slave material. In this reality vampires are not undead monsters - they are living creatures, not exactly humanoid (they rather look like bears without fur and with gray skin) and they are devoided of eyes but clearly have some other senses unknown to man. They live in hives like termites and possess a collective mind, with the secretive Queens of the Hive being the supreme authority (albeit few people ever saw one and lived to describe it).

The vampires from this film are killed by sunlight, feed on human blood and with their bites are able to enslave people (those thralls are called Familiars) - but otherwise they are quite obviously very different from "classical" vampires. They do not fear crosses or holy water - on another hand they are vulnerable to regular weapons, but it is difficult to hit them because of their speed and they are also so powerfully build, that it takes a lot of effort to efficiently destroy one...
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