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Priest (2011 film)

An action film about a vampire hunter based on a Korean comic book.

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  • Sep 8, 2011
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I honestly couldn't pass up using a title referencing this films over hype and failure to deliver. Quite honestly the entire time I was watching this all I could think was " This movie is missing something". So I'm not so good with the synopsis sum up, I actually hate writing it but this one is too easy to really work a brain cell on. The film is an adaption of the Korean comic which America sadly is getting extremely obsessed with a lot of asian film, anime, comics and so on especially these Korean films. If you couldn't feel my displeasure for this in what I wrote there this is me telling you its getting annoying. The original versions are perfect the way they are so why ruin them. Also when they make the American version of Oldboy I am more likely to be at the bar cause I refuse to see it. Anyway on to what this is really about. Paul Bettany plays none other than a priest. For centuries a war had been going on between the humans and vampires like most vampire movies that aren't Underworld but for the last few years or so there hasn't been a vampire citing or attack for that matter. 

The Church created the walled cities to protect mankind, ultimately creating an elite group of warriors to defend against the vampires. They were called "Priests", humans blessed by God who were capable of slaying vampires. The majority of the vampires were killed while the remainder were placed in reservations. One day,  Priest (Paul Bettany) is approached by Hicks (Cam Gigandet), the sheriff of a nearby town Augustine. Hicks tells him that his brother Owen was wounded by a vampire attack. His sister-in-law and ex-girlfriend Shannon was killed, and Priest's niece, Lucy, was kidnapped. Hicks asks for Priest's assistance in tracking down Lucy but they truly believe it isn't possible that the vampires attacked. Little does he know there is a bigger plan goin down being led by an Black Hat (Karl Urban). Priest leaves anyway with out permission and is now being hunted down by 3 other priests and a priestess (Maggie Q) and has very little time to save his niece. 

I couldn't quite put my finger on it but it was definitely surely missing something. The cast was decent even the leading role by Bettany who did his best with what he was given. Truly this movie tried to hard to be comic bookey and a little gritty where they should have went for originality and gritty over it all and trust me this could have been a great movie to watch. I'm hoping that makes sense but thats what is felt like. I mean the movie barely reaches an hour and 30 minutes and I felt like it was close to 3. There was good action and some nice new choreography that I didn't expect to see but the story was still not there. It felt like a vampire spaghetti western at times and not its own movie. I felt like I could predict everything, which I did do actually but as if I had seen it before. The visual was above average for me, acting was as good as it could be but this movie still fell short. I would recommend it if your on a vampire night and need a 7th. Its worth maybe one watch with a friend but most likely if you've seen some good vampire films this will be a boring repeat of whats already been done.

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May 25, 2012
I've been meaning to see this one. Thank you for the interesting recommendation to lower my expectations. Well done.
May 28, 2012
lmao, man it was a while ago I wrote this but I really felt like I wasted money on it and speaking of wasting cash I saw chernobyl diaries yesterday and it was possibly the worst film Ive ever seen in the theaters.. It was baddddddd
 
November 22, 2011
It seems I liked this one a bit more than you but you are right about it missing something.
November 25, 2011
thanks man and yea i kind of liked it but the entire time i just couldnt really get into it or enjoy it although it could turn out to be a situation where I watch it a few times and feel different but i doubt that.oddly enough tho I wouldnt mind seeing a sequel because i think they would fix the wholes in the first film. thanks again
 
September 08, 2011
LOL at your review title!
September 09, 2011
lol thank u I was hoping someone noticed it
 
September 08, 2011
Oldboy is going to star Bale as the villain and Cage or Will Smith in the title role. As for this movie, I agree. I didn't hate it, but it just wasn't as entertaining as it should be. The Korean manga was a lot better. Maggie Q is hot! LOL
September 08, 2011
lmao thanks pakman and yea she is a cutie, she is a descent actress but how do u feel about the oldboy remake? I read that Choi Min-sik actually has an issue with these remakes
 
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Star Rating:         Priest, based on the graphic novel by Min-woo Hyung, is a fun and stylish 3D adventure, one that artfully blends horror, science fiction, action, and just a little bit of western. It takes place in an alternate world, where humans and blind, beast-like vampires have been at war; to eradicate the menace – as explained in a very effective opening animated sequence – the Church created a society of assassin-like priests, whose weapons of …
review by . May 15, 2011
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Priest, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. Written by Screen Gems  
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Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller, Western
Release Date: May 13, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Cory Goodman
Runtime: 87 minutes
Studio: Screen Gems, Sony Pictures
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