Movie Review – Priest (2011)

Movie Review - Priest (2011)Priest, a post-apocalyptic action thriller, is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) 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 (Lily Collins) 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 on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

Director: Scott Charles Stewart
Writers: Cory Goodman, Hyung Min-woo (graphic novel series “Priest”)
Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q

Go against the Church, and you go against God.

Based on the graphic novel series by Hyung Min-Woo, Priest re-teams Legion director Scott Stewart and Paul Bettany for another similar monster tale. After a series of delays, it was nice to finally get to check Priest out.

Priest is a 3D specials effects extravaganza that artfully combines elements of horror, science fiction, action, thriller and western. The film looks good and the special effects are nice. Of course, the storyline is exciting being based on the graphic novel series.

This film is basically being crapped on all over the place, but while not a great film, it is by no means a bad film either. I enjoyed Priest a little bit and I may even end up watching it again once it arrives on DVD.

While the film explored much of the alternate world and its inhabitants, it did leave a lot of unanswered questions, so it looks like they will be shooting for a sequel. We will have to see if that is even an option though. If the movie bombs, I am sure that a sequel will just not happen.

Overall, I think that most people may feel let down by Priest, and while I would hope that people will see the light in this film, I have a feeling that it will continue to get hated on.

Priest (2011)


  • I don’t mind seeing franchises, especially since many of the ones I like have either been remade into something that just isn’t the same, or are dead. However, like you said they have to be movies, good movies, before they can be franchises.

  • It just feels like they want to make franchises these days and not movies anymore.

  • Like I said in my review, if you liked the movie, I can’t really argue with you, nor could I argue with you if you hated it. I had high expectations for the movie after seeing the previews, and I didn’t think the movie met those expectations. It wasn’t bad, but not great either. I wanted more from it. More killing of vampires, which Priest did too quickly. More info on the vampires than just the names of the different types of them. There was plenty more to the story that just never happened. If you read Anything Horror’s review, he mentions a lot of things that the movie left unexplored. If they touched on just a few of those things, the movie would have been a whole lot better.