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.