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The simplistic directness of its storytelling is refreshing. Its as if the filmmakers realize theyre wasting everyones time, so they at least want to ..
At least it deserves credit for efficiency: It doesnt waste time with subplots or convoluted mythology.
Directed by Scott Charles Stewart (Legion), the movie manages some evocative, sooty visuals and a few decent action sequences.
Priest is one of those films you will forget about approximately five minutes after its over. There is absolutely nothing memorable here.
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All in all, its a painless affair, enjoyable enough while it lasts but, like its toothsome villains, destined to disintegrate in the cold light of day ..
In the way it unimaginatively regurgitates familiar genre elements in service of preachy piousness, director Scott Charles Stewarts cinema is the equi ..
The fight sequences work nicely, even if Priests script doesnt display much faith in its religious underpinnings.
But after that, the movie simply borrows ideas without much joy or enthusiasm.
Set in some nameless apocalyptic past or future its a vicars versus vampires yarn that aside from a short animated scene setter at the start and the l ..
A voiceover summarizes the history of the epic war that precedes the films action.
This is all a lot less fun than it sounds .Clawing away under its 3D dinge and slick but desensitising effects, the movie is deadly, even when its coo ..
The film is somehow a disappointing combo of too full and oddly empty.
As long as we dont get The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as an elegiac zombie drama, this adaptation of a graphic novel has some bite.
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The 3D itself doesnt fail as bad as the infamous Clash of the Titans post conversion but its still entirely unnecessary and only succeeds in not makin ..
If you dig this kind of thing, youll have a bloody good time with Bettany kicking vampire ass.
In the best Searchers tradition, Sheriff Hicks aims to prevent that.
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Filmmaker Scott Charles Stewart has suffused Priest with a dark and dreary visual sensibility that is, for the most part, nothing short of oppressive, ..
But you cant keep a good team down when the chance to make the next sci fi/horror/action thriller comes along.
Even the forbidden lust between priests rings false.So even though the movie has a breathless pace and a clearly expensive visual sheen (the 3D is irr ..
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That said, the action scenes are occasionally decent, but the films never as scary or as much fun as it ought to be.Despite the occasional flourish, P ..
Do they succeed.Lets just say the movie ends with the figurative words To be continued all but filling the screen (hey, its a series!).
Its a pretty gloomy film all round.To suit the mood, Stewart has chosen a palette which is so muted that it frequently fades to grey.
As it is, its not good, but its too preposterous and entertaining to dislike.
Thats a wonderful sort of tease.Its a talent for seduction, for leaving us wanting more rather than exhausted and disenchanted by getting too much, th ..
Cuz out on that Firefly esque future retro western frontier far away from the Blade Runner esque city, damn if there isnt a zombie attack. (
Part Western, part action movie, and part horror flick, it is yet another in a long line of dim, contrasty postmodern stews that appeal to a particula ..
Director Scott Stewart has fun with the genre, making effective use of 3D technology and amid the ridiculous, delivers an often surprisingly compellin ..
The dialogue spills cliches, making actors like Karl Urban squirm as the half human vampire Black Hat villain.
That chick can even make getting showered with entrails look good.
And thats not wrong of you.I just want to see some fighting is a perfectly good justification for watching a bad movie.
This exercise in overproduced mediocrity steals with abandon as it paints a bleak, blackened smoke futuristic cityscape borrowed from Blade Runner and ..
The actions fairly toothless, and the abrupt, anemic ending promises a sequel. The filmmakers will have to pray pretty hard for that miracle.
All in all, the studio delivered exactly what the movie deserved.
Theres a wealth of material to be mined from crises of faith and the idea of the church as supreme governor. But it quickly becomes apparent that subt ..
A surprisingly effective piece of genre filmmaking, littered with flaws but none so glaring as to sink the film as a whole.
Its admirable how a movie with so many obvious influences and references can offer an experience that still feels like its own thing.
Lately, it feels like there are two things you can count on in a Screen Gems movie. 1) It will suck. 2) It will feature Cam Gigandet. And he will suck ..
The parallels to cowboy movies are both obvious Bettanys search is meant, embarrassingly, to evoke The Searchers and vaguely racist.Honestly, if you d ..
At the very least, the films herky jerky mood swings will keep viewers on their toes long after they become bored with the main plot.
The post conversion 3D thats too dark to see whats happening makes it worse.
Look, the real wonder of WW84 is that this maybe isnt the worst thing about it.
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Predictable action sequences & lazy character development add up to an all too blatant cash in at the box office
But its not a particularly interesting take on the vampire legend, and its dramatic elements feel sluggish and dull.
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Beyond that and Scott Stewarts accomplished direction, there is scant reward for sitting through 88 minutes of wretched dialogue, stale homages, point ..
Some scenes on the train have a certain chill, but overall this is likely to short change genre lovers.
(And the American Indian vampire metaphor is too bizarre to bear much thought.)
An irritating, lifeless experience, so bad it sucks the fun right out of moviegoing.
Dustin Put Man
The vampire monsters are all CGI and not in the least scary, the action scenes shot in that Matrix lite anti gravity kung fu that went out of style ye ..
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In all of this utterly dispiriting, ill written and spastically directed tripe, there is one bright spot, and that is Karl Urban as the villain.
Even with hives of cool looking vampires, cowboys on motorcycles, and ninja priests, there are some stories that are just too dumb to live.
Yet, for all of this familiarity, the film still manages to provide a fun time and has unapologetic aspirations toward a sequel or trilogy.
Theres nobody in the cast thats particularly awful and, in fact, Maggie Q practically steals the show.
A genre mash up of biblical proportions, based on the Korean comic book scriptures of Min Woo Hyung.
The slow motion confrontation between Priest and Black Hat on top of a speeding train (how original!) is as ludicrous and as it is lacking in tension.
Its just a shame this world is populated with such one dimensional, humourless characters.
The film looks good and the action sequences have zip, but the characters are underdeveloped and the dialogue is dire.
Its slow, thoughtful, thought provoking, and full of rich characters and interesting discussion with a strangely sexual subtext.
Visually, Stewart has much to work with, only requiring an animated cast and a solid script to breathe life into the materials considerable lungs.
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At $12.75 a movie ticket, you might be better off buying the comic book.
Priest is one of those films you will forget about approximately five minutes after its over. There is absolutely nothing memorable or noteworthy abou ..
There are lots of seemingly identical vampire monsters, which may have made them easier to animate, and certainly makes them easier to forget.
Yet, the film lacks a narrative drive that keeps the audience from wondering what absurdist statement will be made next.
As happens with big screen comics, the dialogue fizzles at times. But mostly this is a delicious mash up of styles and genres: gothic, steampunk, Wild ..
A sort of futuristic fantasy western with The Searchers as its granddad, Priest is an action adventure that will attract fans of the graphic novel and ..
And there still museums with pay what you wish admission, if not every day, then on certain days weekly or monthly.You just have to know who offers wh ..
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Its really too bad to.Its not an awful film, its just a heaping pile of been there/done that.
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On a visceral level, Priest offers enough action and cool bits to probably hold the interest of most 14 year old boys, but its hodgepodge story and ov ..
There isnt anything here that is nurtured enough to resonate either emotionally or mythologically once the film is over.
These vampires are bestial looking, eyeless, fanged somethings that look like...Gollum on crystal meth.
Too good looking to be dismissed entirely, not bad enough to be worthy of outright scorn, but not good enough to watch, either.
High production values and slick editing cant save this picture. Nor does its overbearing soundtrack music, which tries to strong arm viewers into bel ..
If you have an action movie that doesnt have enough loud, wham bam, explosive fun to wake a sleeping baby, which was the case at my screening, then yo ..
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Priest also suffers from pretension.It can be refreshing to have an action film that plays it straight but Priest is so loaded with cliches that it ne ..
In the comic, Christianity isnt fascism; its just some cool exotic shit thats sprinkled about as atmospheric gothic filigree.
I liked Priest, and I wouldnt much mind any of these characters returning.
Bettany is back to kick more ass for God, only this time instead of playing a mutinous archangel out to save an unborn child (and the human race), hes ..
Ear Of Newt
anyone who has seen the trailer has seen a good 80% of anything worth watching here
Priest is the sort of movie you walk into knowing full well its IQ is significantly less than the bucket of popcorn balanced in your lap...
While I hardly hold Priest 3D sacred, Im not throwing holy water on it and casting it out, either. Its fine, as long as youre fine with adequate horro ..
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Its truncated running time suggests that a huge amount of it was left on the cutting room floor.
Already seems this aggressively B level entertainment will quickly wither and disappear in the face of Hollywoods A level events.
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While occasionally edited too heavily, theyre still thrilling and exciting.
Fanboys of the Universe
A lovely, inspirational film which fuses the Irish/Spanish roots of the Estvez family into a Wizard of Oz style story about how wearing out your soles ..
Another broad yet eclectic little genre blender to (maybe) toss into your rental queue.
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After a strong beginning, Priest ends with a whiff of Jonah Hex about it.
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Whats not to like about badass Catholic vigilantes who fly through the air to punch demons in the face (Dont answer that.)
A mash up of vampire horror and period westerns stewed with Blade Runner cityscapes and ridiculous religious images in a bubbling cauldron of dumb ide ..
Even a bike ride through a digital grid in Tron: Legacy felt like the most exhilarating journey youve taken.
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