Saturday, May 14, 2011

Movie Review: PRIEST

In a future where the war between humans and vampires has devastated the world, the Church created a secret society of Priests to fight the creatures. Once they were seemingly destroyed and the remains of the human race were reunited in a city contained within a dome in the desert, the Priests were left on their own.

Priest is a 2011 American supernatural action film starring Paul Bettany as the title character. The film, directed by Scott Stewart, is based on the Korean comic of the same name. In analternate world, humanity and vampires have warred for centuries. 

After the last Vampire War, the veteran Warrior Priest (Bettany) lives in obscurity with other humans inside one of the Church's walled cities. When the Priest's niece (Lily Collins) is kidnapped by vampires, the Priest breaks his vows to hunt them down. He is accompanied by the niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), who is a wasteland sheriff.  Priest goes against the wishes of Monsignor Orelas, the leader of the Church, and sets to rescue Lucy alongside Hicks. Orelas then sends a group of four Priests led by Priestess to capture him and bring him back, dead or alive.

If you thought that Waterworld was a great movie, you may like Priest. However, I didn't think that Waterworld was worth the price of admission and sadly, neither is Priest. Out of a possible 10, I give it a generous 2. Pluto Nash was a worse sci-fi movie, but you have to go a long way to find a movie as bad as Priest

The plot was predictable and the screenplay didn't give the actors (who I like) much to work with. They tried to save it with special effects, but it simply didn't work.


Race Bannon said...

Waterworld was on TV last night. It's not the worst movie ever, but it gave it a good try.

Shakes the Clown is the worst movie ever - it opens with Florence Henderson almost getting pee'd on. How can you top that?

LL said...

Priest is sort of Waterworld in the desert. In this post Apocalyptic world, the bad guys are riding on dirt bikes and the Priest has a supercharged ramjet engine on his motorcycle... I think that the dialog in Waterworld is more intelligent than Priest, but Priest does have some interesting visual effects.

I think that Godzilla is worse - toy airplanes won't stop him, toy tanks have no effect, and he'll destroy Tokyo...

Priest (and I guess Shakes the Clown) shows how far some actors will go to get work.

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