Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Priest Starring Paul Bettany

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 (Paul Bettany) 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 (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet)a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriffand a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses other worldly fighting skills.

Overall Grade: A-

Unlike most vampire movies we have seen today Priest offers us a less "shiny skin", love story view of vampires then we have seen with Twilight and others. Here the humans know of vampires, have been at war for centuries and the humans had them at bay, so they thought. Paul Bettany is a brilliant actor who shows us again that he can play a very complex role with a character who is both devout and loving while all the while showing us a very torn, dark, somber face.

Karl Urban plays a stylish former priest turned first human vampire, complete with yellow eyes and fangs. If you like cultish style SciFi that does not conform to the standards the general public sets, this is for you. Personally I hope they make a sequel. If nothing else, i want the soundtrack. They did a killer job with it on this.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Falling Skies 8 What Hides Beneath - Spoilers

So last night we got some new reveals and more questions but some of our reveals are not as straight forward as we might think up front.

New aliens: we got to see the new aliens and I am glad to say they arnt similar to anything we have seen done before and the mystery of why we havnt seen them till now is interesting.

Camps: we learn about camps were some adults were taken and released so the question is what is happening there and what more might we learn if we visit one next season.

Ben/Ricky: this has been the most reveal on these two characters so far. Ben is super human in many ways and Anne finds his skin is hardening around the spikes and this concerns her. She doesn't tell Ben so as not to alarm him. But when he asks how Rick is doing she says, physically he is fine but not mentally. So why is Ben changing and Rick isn't, physically. The moment when Rick and Ben sat on the bench was a very interesting exchange, while Rick shows no change physically he appears to still be connected mentally to the aliens and tells Ben he is special, him and Rick. That's why they still have spikes and you will see he tells Ben. They still care for us and will come for us. Ben yells at Rick saying he hates them and what they did and he will kill all of them. Rick simply smiles telling Ben he will see. So the question is why is Ben out of all the kids from his group so special? Why is he the only one with super human abilities. What will Rick do to secure Ben for his new alien family? Perhaps the aliens have learned from their harnessing of other races (see next section) and have attempted to perfect their transformation, and Ben is the result. I think as we go into season 2 we will find out that Ben is in fact the result of the aliens attempt to make the perfect ground troop and he is key to them continuing this experiment and Rick will attempt to help them get him back.

Skitters: Okay so we think the kids turn into skitters? Not exactly. Eric @ IGN did a review and came to the same idea I did. The skitters are a race of beings from another planet the aliens harnessed and enslaved. We know the skitters were on the ground the day of the invasion so they could not have been humans. The kids havnt had the chance to change yet, nor would they have had skitters from the start of the invasion if they were kids. So I'm going to say the race of beings that were enslaved before already had 6 legs. Which leads to what exactly Ben and the harnessed kids will look like once the transformation takes over. We havnt seen yet and I think next season, when we visit these camps, we will truely find out.

Next week is going to leave us on the edge of what may happen. Rick will push as he attempts to go back to the skitters but seems intent on having Ben tag along. Perhaps at the request of the aliens that Rick is speaking to in his head. The fight is being brought to them but where will it lead? Only time will, tell.