Excerpt: Years after the war between humans and vampires has come to an end thanks to the aid of specially-trained Warrior Priests, the humans are living in large cities sheltered by the Church and the Priests have been disbanded. When a former Priest (Paul Bettany) learns his niece Lucy (Lily Collins) has been taken by vampires, he joins with a local sheriff (Cam Gigandet) to get her back, going against the commands of the Church who took away the Priests' powers.
Excerpt: Oh my, my mother-in-law would love this – a world where Catholic Priests rule with an iron fist and you’re forced to say the rosary on command. Yes, this is coming from a converted Catholic (from Methodisism) and I’m still getting used to the ways of the new faith. But Catholics are an easy target because of their ritualistic ways and, well, other things as well. Still, when looking at the box I wouldn’t have guessed that this would be yet another vampire movie.
Conclusion: Is there anything in Priest that makes it worth sitting through? Yes, but just one thing. Maggie Q. as the warrior Priestess. She’s just hot in her leather clad outfit. She can swing her exotic weaponry at me anytime. Karl Urban is another cool cat, but wasted in his role as is everyone else that is involved. There are times where I grade a film based solely on style over substance, but not even Priest’s style can save it.
Conclusion: Months and many films remain, but Priest is the worst movie of 2011 I've seen so far. At least, it is mercifully brief. The only people who will need to see it are those who are satisfied by sensory stimulation alone, fans of the Korean comics it's based on, and those who can't say no to a part-Western, part-sci-fi vampire shoot-'em-up. All three of those audiences will find some things of interest here, but probably not enough to overlook the weak writing and acting.
Excerpt: Priest’s final line of dialogue is, “It’s just beginning,” that in reference to a vampire horde regaining a foothold on a battered society. Writer Cory Goodman probably didn’t write that in the script, because why would he? It doesn’t make sense from a story standpoint, it doesn’t click with the audience, and it assumes that just because Priest has some vampires, it would have a sequel. Well, it won’t.
Conclusion: From director Scott Stewart, 'Priest' is the forgettable sci-fi fantasy about an alternate human history filled with ravenous vampires and superhero priests. Paul Bettany stars in the convoluted, out-of-this-world reimagining of John Ford's 'The Searchers,' and the end product is a sadly misguided soul quest that runs as blindly rampant as the monstrous bloodsuckers it tries to portray.
Excerpt: If ever there were a movie destined for slightly above average, it would be one about a post-apocalyptic confrontation between vampires and rogue priests. With Paul Bettany as the protagonist clergyman and a script adapted from a well-received graphic novel, Priest should be wrestling with African Cats and preparing to ward off Piranha 3DD as the best novelty B-movie of the year; instead, it’s more illogical than Sucker Punch , more joyless than Big Mommas: Like Father...
Excerpt: There was a time when a post-apocalyptic Western adapted from a series of Korean graphic novels about a vampire-hunting killer priest might have possessed some small element of novelty, especially if it was projected in the once-anachronistic medium of 3-D. Such a film might have seemed a tad offbeat, if not outright quirky.
Conclusion: It moves at a lick, but is instantly forgettable. ‘Better’ than Legion, in that it doesn’t run to unintentional laughs, it’s marginally less entertaining. On the strength of this duo, the Bettany-Stewart teaming will never threaten Wayne-Ford in the pantheon.