Priest

Priest

Priest

A post-apocalyptic, sci-fi vampire-thriller from the director of 2010's Legion, and starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban and Maggie Q. Based on the graphic novel by Min-Woo Hyung.

Set in an alternate world, ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires, the story follows a legendary Warrior Priest (Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of ugly vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her. 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.

2011Rating: M, contains violence and horror88 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

Not exactly an unholy mess, but still a rather too pious retread of classic sci-fi/action/horror riffs that lacks originality or pizzazz, "Priest" won't strike much awe in anyone.

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Total Film

Total Film

Any prayers for character development beyond Priest’s basic outline – bad-ass kicks ass – go sadly unheeded.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It becomes clear pretty quickly that the only real thought in the movie has gone into the cowboy-gothic costumes and the computer-generated effects.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Vampires, cowboys and priests make for a hodgepodge of a horror movie.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A short, dour and stodgy creature feature with average 3D effects that draws on so many film influences from westerns, action adventures and sci-fi tales that what fun there is comes from spotting the many sources.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It moves at a lick, but is instantly forgettable.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Priest now feels more like standard-issue popcorn fare than a crazy cult classic in the making.

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