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5.71 h 27 min2011X-RayPG-13
A vampire western about a warrior priest who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff and a priestess to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece. An adaptation of the action-horror TokyoPop comic book.
Scott Stewart
Paul BettanyKarl UrbanCam Gigandet
Science FictionAction
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Maggie QLily CollinsStephen MoyerChristopher Plummer
Michael DeLucaJoshua DonenMitchell Peck
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Foul languagefrightening scenesviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

3084 global ratings

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VykodenReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Worst movie with Paul Bettany and Karl Urban
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This is a horribly-scripted movie with a stupid vampire plot and a mostly-impressive cast. Aside from the cliche genre, Cory Goodman's translation of the South Korean graphic novel by Min-Woo Hyung is dry, uncolorful and stereotypically boring. It reads like a soap opera, which isn't surprising, because Cam Gigandet, the co-hero, was originally cast in The Young and the Restless. I, personally, would never get along socially with anyone who likes this trash. They tried to make it look and feel like the Underworld series, but this film falls drastically short of that goal, primarily because of Goodman's writing and Gigandet's lack of anything resembling acting.
18 people found this helpful
SpikeReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Far better than expected
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A company of warrior priests, men and women stand abandoned by an all controlling church, even though they are the heroes, winners of the great vampire war, yet there are signs...

It's a familiar sort of plot, a scorned hero entering deadly danger fighting against all the odds to overcome an implacable foe. But as familiar as it may be, this turns out to be a well crafted story. True the designers and director turn in too many directions. The vast, gray cities of Blade Runner, the TV screen of 1984's big brother become automated confessionals of a tyrannic church, touch of steam punk in some of the costuming and train scene sets, the harsh, bitter quasi-western from the opening of Harlock: Space Pirate, and guardian monsters emerging from subterranean hives from, well dozens of SciFi flics, But as bizarre as this sounds it all blends into something that's neither new nor stale, but like a fresh baked bread, filled with familiar flavour and texture, it tastes good every time it comes to the table.

The acting and special effects are all solid, and there's both action and pathos in good measure. I rate it 4 stars (very high marks from me) as an underrated, but very solid piece of Sci-Fi.
28 people found this helpful
Public VoiceReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This movie is awesome. I wish they'd had made a sequel. Paul Bettany is wonderful in this role. I really wish they'd made more movies in this series. The film ended on a cliff hanger. There was plenty of room for at least one more story.
45 people found this helpful
RenonymousReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Some good efforts ruined by bad writing
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This movie has a lot of good things going for it. Paul Bettany and Karl Urban are just two of the excellent actors who got roped into Priest and deliver good performances. The CGI, the costumes, the sets... all of them bring to life an interesting world that I would love to see more of.

However, none of this matters because the writing is absolute trash. You know those "action movie moments" where the main character says something glib and defiant in the face of great odds? Yeah, this movie is pretty much *only* those moments. Most of the dialogue bounces between cheesy liners and maudlin moments where characters reflect on their sad losses. It's like a writer looked at the moments in other scripts where they had the most emotional reaction and said, "What if I just make a movie out of only these?"

The plot isn't much better. In spite of that amazing worldbuilding I was mentioning earlier, the plot of Priest boils down to the Western cliche of a bad guy kidnapping a damsel and a protagonist teaming up with some unlikely allies to stop him. Many of the times they don't even have a reason for going from point B to point C, which is especially bad when the climax just sort of happens, and then the conclusion of the movie just really *abruptly* sort of happens with a door being kicked in and the protagonist being like, "Here's why I was right, literally wrapped up in a bag for you. Deal with it."

The dialogue and storytelling ruin what could've been a pretty cool movie in Priest. If you take some heavily mind-altering substances or put this movie on in the background while you do something else, it might be worth watching. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend.
11 people found this helpful
V. GoldbergReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A different presentation
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I expected something different when I started watching the movie; however, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was hooked. I sat down and actually watched it vice having it on as back ground noise while I worked around the house. If I were to try and place it in a genre it would be near impossible. This touches on Sci Fi Futuristic Western Martial Arts Steampunk fusion. Granted there were parts that were highly predictable; however, that just added emphasis to the jolt when it jumped the rails. It would have been great if they had followed up with other movies. This will definitely stay in my watch list because I get the feeling that when I watch it again that I will see other aspects. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
10 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Senseless fun fighting vampires
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Priest is a takeoff of the vampire genre. The intro explains that humans and vampires have been fighting since medieval times which devastated the planet. People ended up living in huge walled cities protected by warrior priests that specialized in fighting vampires. The undead were eventually defeated and put on reservations. Then one of the priests played by Paul Bettany finds out that his niece has been taken by a powerful vampire. That starts the adventure.

The movie didn’t get much play when it was released. It’s actually not that bad. They made the vampires into beasts with no eyes that run around on all fours with big claws rather than the traditional humans with fangs form. That adds some drama to the fight scenes which are well choreographed. The one big drawback is Cam Gigandet who joins Bettany’s crew is a horrible actor. There are some lines that he gives where you just cringe they are so bad.

Overall some senseless fun.
8 people found this helpful
Linda LeeReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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It's virtually a black and white movie. Everything and everybody was mainly black and grey. Sometimes there a dash of dirty white and a splash of red.
This movie is half cartoon and half acting.
Scenery if black and.... black.
It might as well be about street punks and jail birds.
I found nothing entertaining. The story is predictable which is boring on top of all the black.
The movie is a weird mix of creepy Medieval, creepy Western, creepy futuristic, vampire punks, and creepy, cruel, controlling roman catholic fear mongers.
I cannot recommend it.
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Daniel R.Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific movie that deserves a sequel.
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I'll admit right up front that I've never read the graphic novel this is based on so I have zero preconceptions going in. I love this movie. The cast is nearly flawless, especially Bettany, Urban, and Maggie Q. The world that is created is typically dystopian with the Church holding absolute power within the city walls. Outside the walls is a desolate wasteland where people struggle to survive but at least are free from the Church.

After a centuries-long war between humans and vampires (who are sightless animalistic creatures and not your Anne Rice or Twilight vamps), the Church created a legion of super-soldiers, the Priests, who wiped out most of the vamps. The ones that remained were put in reservations out in the wastelands and the Church disbanded the Priests. Now, however, the vamps are back and Bettany's Priest defies the Church to search for his niece (Lily Collins) who has been kidnapped by a mystery vampire.

Admittedly, the plot doesn't break a lot of new ground and you'll be able to guess what happens throughout but I enjoyed all but one character (the reallllllly young sheriff who is in love with Collins is a bit of a douchebag, honestly) but I still recommend this. Like others in these reviews, I would have loved to see a sequel but it won't happen. Perhaps an animated sequel, Sony???
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