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Priest 2011

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, Karl Urban
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Horror
Director Scott Stewart
Starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban
Supporting actors Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Brad Dourif, Stephen Moyer, Christopher Plummer, Alan Dale, Mädchen Amick, Jacob Hopkins, Dave Florek, Joel Polinsky, Josh Wingate, Jon Braver, Casey Pieretti, Theo Kypri, John Griffin, David Backus, Roger Stoneburner
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2015
Format: DVD
Scott Stewart’s unpretentious, visually stunning SF cyberpunk western-vampire movie is a blatantly derivative eighty minutes of entertaining hokum. Set in a post-apocalyptic alternative world where humans live in giant walled cities ruled by a fascist theocracy and vampires live in reservations or hives, Paul Bettany’s vampire warrior comes out of retirement to try and rescue his niece, kidnapped by a band of renegade vampires. The plot is similar to John Ford’s 1950s western classic The Searchers while the Priests (the redundant vampire hunters) are reminiscent of George Lucas’ Jedi knights with their supernatural fighting abilities. The cityscapes are stunningly Blade Runner-esque while the monochrome visuals of the outland plains effectively convey the all-pervading despair of this dystopian world. The vampires are suitably menacing as un-human predators and the searchers are appropriately heroic and deadly, while Karl Urban’s snarling performance as a rogue Priest evokes Lee Van Cleef at his enigmatic spaghetti western best. Entertaining action scenes, stylish cinematography, western soundtrack and straightforward narrative make this movie an unashamedly guilty pleasure.
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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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This is for the Blu Ray 3D version.
I have to admit this has become one of my favourite vampire movies. It cracks along at an amazing pace, and visually it is stunning, with particularly impressive 3D, clearly not stuck on after as in so many cases these days. There is terrific depth of field, and great colour, plus some great in your face moments to make you sit up!
One criticism, the alternative ending which sees Christopher Plummer's character fate, should have been in the movie instead of the short version of the scene that is there. But you can see it in the extras, which is something.
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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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