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.
Good God this is awful!
'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.
Pretty good looking film. That bloke from Wimbledon is pretty good in it. Brad Dourif shows up for good measure. Plus it's got matey who used to be in Neighbours in it. An enjoyable (leave your brain at home) B-Movie action/ cross-genre'd romp in a similar vein to Underworld, Resident Evil, Solomon Kane, Judge Dredd type nonsense.
In 2009 FX expert Scott Charles Stewart co-wrote and directed Legion, in which Paul Bettany played an angel protecting Adrianne Palicki’s child because of the coming apocalypse. It was similar to Gregory Widen’s The Prophecy but with a bigger budget and Dennis Quaid flipping burgers. It was all right. I enjoyed it well enough. Seen worse. In 2011 SCS directed this adaptation of Min-Woo Hyung’s popular graphic novel, and it wasn’t all right. I didn’t enjoy it at all. Seen MUCH better. The problem is that by now the visual aesthetic and genre-mashing seen here have become so commonplace that there’s no point in making more of these direct-to-DVD-worthy sub-par SF actioners unless there’s something unique to add to the…
Well ths is an interesting one. Glorious art direction brings the ruins of a crumbling hyper-christian state vividly to life. Colossal statues and industrial cathedrals litter a futuristic wasteland, which is full of vampires for some reason. Anyway the point is that this all sounds great, and it is great, and so the film should be great right?
For every beautiful landscape there are two of the dumbest dialogue lines of dialogue you've ever heard. And there are heaps of beautiful landscapes. The maths don't add up here. This film is just too stupid.
It really is very pretty though, you should probably watch it. Just keep in mind that it sucks.
Took a while to finally catch up with this and when I did see it was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Rewatched it yesterday and it still plays well even if some of the scenes feel like they're taken directly from the comic book. Might work on paper but not so effective on the big screen. Still, lots to love here. Wish we'd get another visit to this universe.
Decent enough fun. Good effects and well choreographed action. The story and concept were a load of balls though. Think we will see some decent stuff from this director at some point though.
Leaving the ending open for a sequel was the definition of optimism triumphing over reality.
Great action and special effects-not so great dialogue.
Uninspired creature design, humourless dialogue & bland action make this about as exciting as actually going to church.
A little better than Legion, but really -- they should've just combined the two sets of half-baked ideas and made one good movie. Both of them are nearly up my alley, honestly, but they wind up being too lame to recommend.
Judge Dredd but with Priests instead of Judges and a vampire apocalypse instead of nuclear apocalypse. Good martial arts action, simple story, decent enough effects. Fans of Underworld or Judge Dredd should find something to entertain.
This film is decidedly rubbish
Not really any redeeming qualities that spring to mind
Yes!! Quite rubbish
Really interesting ideas. Really interesting ideas for characters, for world building, for vampire mythos.
BUT... the motivation for the bad guy is so vague and flawed and, despite all the action and whirlygigs, the film is dull.
Bit of a shame - specially as the potential was so high (I've not read the Manga - so I'm just using the basis of the film)