You know what I mean - sci-fi films that are sort of a bit grim and dank and unshowy and…
In an alternate world, humanity and vampires have warred for centuries. After the last Vampire War, the veteran Warrior Priest lives in obscurity with other humans inside one of the Church's walled cities. When the Priest's niece is kidnapped by vampires, the Priest breaks his vows to hunt them down. He is accompanied by the niece's boyfriend, who is a wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess.
You know I didn't exactly have high hopes for this post-apocalyptic actioner. It has been slaughtered by almost everyone I know and with overwhelming negativeness towards everything in it, I expected a car-crash of a movie.
I'm not going to say this is groundbreaking. I'm not going to say it's anything particularly original, but it does have something going for it, it's over-the-top nonsense. Sometimes you need a brainless science fiction film with some clever visuals and a half-decent central performance among all the award baiting films out there. It's a B-movie all right. It's not "There Will Be Blood" (although there is some), but it knows what it is and plays to it's strengths. From Paul Bethany's warrior priest…
Good God this is awful!
The greatest dystopian futuristic vampire Kung Fu western crypto-Searchers remake ever made.
'I will smite thine crappy CGI ass and make thy spill thine crappy CGI blood using my crucifix shuriken and my pathos-ridden stare (which is the only facial expression I have).'
Should have been called Cowboys and Vampires instead.
In 2009 director Scott Charles Stewart and actor Paul Bettany paired up to provide the terribly disappointing Legion. Two years later and the two reunited for an adaptation of Korean comic book series Priest. Oh joy.
Much like their previous film, Priest’s conventional narrative is poorly written and predictable throughout. From lacklustre action sequences to uninspired special effects the director, once again, does little to engage with his audience. Any hopes for this film are lost due to its amateurish reliance on unbearable on-the-nose dialogue. Without the strong platform of a well written script to support him, Bettany’s average performance is made all the more unconvincing.
Priest is sinful in almost every conceivable way, without offering any redeeming features as repentance.
This movie was terrible and I loved every second of it.
It's just as bad as expected.
What a mess. Paul Bettany is completely lifeless, and how about a disjointed train chase sequence as the films climax only you don't know it is the climax until the credits roll soon after? Yikes.
"Trained by the church in vampire combat" is one of the first lines, and it should serve as a warning, jump on, or get off. I jumped on the next train to Cathedral City (where Priest is, for a time, set, and it looks nothing like the picture on the cheese...).
Priest, is a very silly film, it's utter nonsense and unbelievably ridiculous but if you go with the sheer stupidity of it, it's not too bad, it can at times (very rarely) even be a little bit enjoyable. Yeah, I said it. It's undoubtedly, incredibly hammy, the script is full of awful action movie dialogue, the performances are hammed up as much as possible and the CGI is surprisingly…
fuck off. literally had no idea what was going on, and i couldnt have cared less. its made up of the shittest westerns, sci fis, kung fus etc etc over the last decade, allas, a really shitty film.
Utter nonsense - of course - but entertaining enough as a late night movie...
The animated short at the start explaining the back story was excellent.
Then the film started for real, goes downhill from then on.
With a look that mixes the Old West with Judge Dredd and plenty of weaponized Catholic iconography, its hard not to find something of visual interest in this post-apocalyptic actioner. Running barely 90 minutes, the movie zips along at a maniac pace that doesn’t help characterization, opting for vast vistas of destroyed cities with no real back story on how it all happened. The movie stumbles with its lead actors, Cam Gigandet is as nondescript as they come and Paul Bettany for all his able and engaging supporting turns in other movies, falls flat here with a performance that is so stoic you almost wonder if he has a pulse. Maggie Q is the only one to walk away from…
Pulpy, but a lot of fun, with well choreographed action sequences and a great look to the production & costume design. Sure it's a simple story and feels very much like a set up to a sequel but it's still enjoyable and the central story has enough conflict and emotion to hold interest
Back then when I saw the trailer the first time I thought it looked like fun. Although I'm not religious I like how it can be used in fiction and so I liked the concept for this. It also seemed like Paul Bettany was a great casting choice.
The bad reviews rolled in pretty fast once it hit the theatres but I wanted to check it out anyway. This night it actually aired on TV so I checked it out.
It seemed solid enough at first. The animated intro was pretty damn cool. A few logical errors later the film became overstylized for my taste. I get it if they want to make things look extra cool by adding severall…
- Alien: Resurrection
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
This list will be of no real interest to anybody else but it helps me keep an easier track of…
- A Clockwork Orange
- Blade Runner
- THX 1138
A running list of dystopian films. Specifically near and far-future dystopias (as opposed to non-fiction present day or historical-dystopias).