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Priest (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Thriller | 13 May 2011 (USA)
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A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Director:

Scott Stewart

Writers:

Cory Goodman, Min-Woo Hyung (graphic novel series "Priest")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bettany ... Priest
Karl Urban ... Black Hat
Cam Gigandet ... Hicks
Maggie Q ... Priestess
Lily Collins ... Lucy Pace
Brad Dourif ... Salesman
Stephen Moyer ... Owen Pace
Christopher Plummer ... Monsignor Orelas
Alan Dale ... Monsignor Chamberlain
Mädchen Amick ... Shannon Pace
Jacob Hopkins ... Boy
Dave Florek Dave Florek ... Crocker
Joel Polinsky Joel Polinsky ... Dr. Tomlin
Josh Wingate ... Familiar
Jon Braver ... Familiar
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Storyline

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic action thriller, is set in an alternative world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest 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 is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. 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. Written by Screen Gems

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This war will never end. His mission is just the beginning. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Priest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,953,664, 15 May 2011

Gross USA:

$29,137,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,309,505
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Karl Urban gets to give a severe thrashing to Brad Dourif in this movie, after having been prevented from doing so by another character in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). See more »

Goofs

The Priests are superior fighters. But the authorities have not taken the obvious step of making them law enforcers. Which is a very common later career for military in the real world.

(The main action depends on this plot hole, but it is lazy script-writing.) See more »

Quotes

Priest: Are you any good with a gun?
Hicks: Better'n I am with a knife.
Priest: We leave at dawn.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Horrible Bosses/Zookeeper (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Mozart: 3. Sequentia: Dies irae (Requiem in D minor, K. 626)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker - Conductor Herbert von Karajan, Organ: Rudolf Scholz, Choir: Wiener Singverein, Chorus Master: Helmuth Froschauer
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Decent enough if underdeveloped
31 August 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

In all honesty while the film looked kind of interesting I was from reading reviews that it was a waste of time(not just on IMDb). So I watched Priest expecting little, but while it had a fair amount of problems with it I found it decent. Is it the best of year? No. The worst? Nowhere near for me. Priest in my mind is somewhere near the lower-middle of the spectrum.

Where Priest scores especially is in the costume and set design which look wonderful, and the photography and editing looks very slick and the lighting atmospheric. The soundtrack is excellent too, with a rather epic feel to it sometimes. I enjoyed the performances of Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet, was intrigued somewhat by the characters, even if they are a little vacuous and found the direction decent.

What wasn't so good was primarily the length, I personally think Priest was on the too-short side. Had the film been longer, the script could have been less choppy and underdeveloped and the story-though it did have an interesting concept to work from- less rushed and simplistic. Mostly I was impressed with the stylish look of the film, but I did occasionally find the effects on the artificial side.

Overall, underdeveloped and rather rushed, but the film's look especially saves it. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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