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 Warrior Priest who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his...more
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 Warrior Priest who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants. When his niece 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 by his nieces boyfriend, and a former Warrior Priestess. less
“Poor writing and non-genuine action, end up making this vampires vs. humans flick a slow one. The lower your exceptions, the higher your chances of walking out semi-satisfied.”
Eons ago, a film named Blade was released. That was some film. Some years later, we got to watch Underworld. Even that was special in its own way. It has only been downhill since then, and Priest doesn't surprise.
Priest goes into territory where almost anybody who is somebody in Hollywood has already gone before, and has extracted every last ounce of flesh. Either vampires or werevolves are bad people and somebody with special powers are out to get'em. In this case, they are superhumans-cum-ninja fighters (since the film is a Korean comic remake, expect more pow-wow then glitzy gunbattles: in fact the hero mocks a boy telling him that the bullets are for his use while yours truly can make do with his uber cool knives and kicks).
The flick talks about a world where priests are not the ones who only pray to God and hold rosaries (although they do these too), but are trained ninja fighters who kill vampires thus protecting the public. When the vampires are obliterated, they are told to pick up odd jobs and live a life of obscurity.
In contemporary times, there is a Vampire attack which the clergy refuses to acknowledge, and Paul Bettany breaks free to fight the beasts himself, before it is too late.
The issue with the film is simply the lack of novelty, which brings all the effort to introduce ga-ga special effects, ugly monsters and the 3D brouhaha to naught. In terms of story line, the film is placed on thin ice with three-fourths of the time devoted to the concept (which is explained in 3 lines above) and the rest on a Train/motorbike climax. Now this part is interesting: I particularly liked the mean machines which the Priest used, although I was not much inclined to go through the trouble of killing all those Vampires if I get one myself (and it was battery charged: hello Environment !). The bikes went faster then the train which was a Vampire stronghold with various bogeys being used for different purposes - vampire egg storage, kidnapped victim cells and Villain's den.
This limited plot is good enough for a third or fourth film in an elaborate franchise, and not as the first one (I am assuming they wish to continue because of the way this film ended). Acting wise, Bettany looks pissed off throughout, probably explained by the fact that Priests can't have relationships. A lot of actors have an oriental origin, probably to appease the actual comic book writers. The 3D is nothing more than a gimmickto lure in audiences: the film has a lot of dark sequences and the extra glasses didn't help.
Watching it wont be the worst thing you will do to yourself, but hey... this is a particularly good weekend w.r.t films and you can watch a better one.