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Priest: Stylish Action-Packed Nonsense

By inSing EditorMovies - 11 May 2011 5:30 PM

Priest: Stylish Action-Packed Nonsense

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Rating: 2 stars out of 5

The Stars: Paul Bettany, Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer, Karl Urban

The Buzz: Based on the popular Korean manhwa, Priest the movie features Nikita star Maggie Q and the underrated Paul Bettany, who was also in director Scott Stewart’s earlier film Legion.

The Story:Priest (Paul Bettany) finds out that vampires, long thought eradicated, are now roaming the wastelands. Defying orders from the church, he sets out to rescue his niece from the undead creatures.


inSing says: Yet another comic book movie hits our screens this week, but it appears that the filmmakers of this film only retained the movie title in their conversion of the manga to the film. They've looked to other films, rather than the source material, and that's just one of the major failings of this lackadaisical effort.

The only things they retained from the comic are the horror and western elements of the comic while putting it in a post-apocalyptic setting, The 3D is once again barely noticeable, and as usual, comprises mainly of bullets or other items heading towards you. 

Stewart, who directed Legion, one of the worst films of last year, does better here, but is unable to really generate much human drama during the proceedings. He culls from other better films such as Blade Runner in designing the Cathedral-City that humans now reside in, while one of the overgrown vampire creatures the Priest fights look like a cousin of the Cave Troll from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films.

It's a bumpy buildup to the final showdown between Priest and the main villain, played by Urban, while on a speeding train. At the end, all the elements that Stewart throws up  aren't stitched together with any sense of skill. The best part of the movie might be an animated sequence at the beginning done by Genndy Tartakovsky of Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory fame.