But it sure ain’t the greatest. Priest isn’t terrible, and while I understand that is in no way a positive tone to begin this review it’s a point I want to get in your heads right away. It’s not terrible, it just is what it is, nothing new, nor ground breaking. Having said that, the film is enjoyable as long as you go in with the right mindset. What you see is what you get, nothing more. There’s no deeper meaning or subtext, the story is totally straight forward and maybe a little predictable, but not bad.
Directed by Scott Stewart (Legion), Priest clocks in at 87 minutes, really just under 80 if you don’t count the opening and ending credit sequences. Meaning the film doesn’t really allow anytime for the story to lag or meander. We move quickly between plot points and the story is delivered seamlessly. For this film it works, had they tried to flush out the story into a sweeping, 2+ hour epic I’m sure my review would be much less favorable.
Completely forgetting about Twilight for a moment (Rwwwr), the Vampire movie genre hasn’t really done too well in theaters since Underworld was released, with Daybreakers sadly being a joke of a movie. Thankfully some new blood might be getting pumped into the Vampire genre thanks to the upcoming Priest starring Paul Bettany. When humanities last hope against vampires comes in the form of priests that kick more ass then John Woo, it’s gotta be big.
Adapted from a Korean comic of the same name, what a better way to introduce viewers to the film, then an animated prologue. Not only that, but a prologue animated by Cartoon Network veteran Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), it’s like an explosion of blood and epicness. Just ignore the Facebook ad at the top and bottom, you’ll be just fine.
Paul Bettany is back! In Scott Stewart’s Priest, The TokyoPop comic turned movie, puts Bettany back in his new niche role he has embraced; A Badass Warrior of God.
First we had him in an Oscar worthy performance as the Arch Angel Michael in the less than heavenly film Legion, now he plays a “warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece”. Hmm? There are SOME similarities to this story arch.!!! I’m LOLing right now.
The Trailer shows Bettany in a world shredded by centuries of war between men and vampires. You thought the Angels he fought in Legion were Weird??? Wait until you get a load of these fuckers!!!!!??? They don’t wear Victorian garb and they sure as fuck aren’t little whiny, pubescent Abercrombie Vampires who are chaste and bedazzled. No. These Vampires look like demons wrought from the engorged belly of hell!! Which they split into two, and burst asunder, looking for anything worth a violent and toothy devouring.
Needless to say. This movie NOW looks like something to mark down onto the calender. Priest rends theaters on May 13th ,2011.