Bettany plays the otherwise unnamed title character, one of a cadre of ass-kicking ascetics trained by the church to fight the scourge of eyeless, slug-like vampires that have almost tipped the world into chaos. And when the vamps bump off Priest’s salt-of-the-earth brother and kidnap his gingham-frocked, rosy-cheeked niece, our tattooed hero petitions his masters to let him off the leash to stamp out the plague once and for all.
Priest follows the current Hollywood vogue for geek-friendly, comic-inspired genre mash-ups, chucking elements of western, horror and sci-fi into its overheated pot. It’s predictably effects-heavy, and while the CG elements are a little more solid and inventive here than in, say, Sucker Punch or Jonah Hex, the blurry 3D transfer serves to scupper any sense of visual spectacle.
Bettany is enjoyably terse in the lead role, but he never gets the chance to do any actual acting, while the likes of Brad Dourif, Christopher Plummer and Alan ‘Jim Robinson’ Dale are wasted in minor roles. All in all, it’s a painless affair, enjoyable enough while it lasts but, like its toothsome villains, destined to disintegrate in the cold light of day.
|Genre:||Action, Horror, Sci-Fi|
|Director:||Scott Charles Stewart|
|Stars:||Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, Lily Collins, Brad Dourif, Stephen Moyer, Christopher Plummer, Alan Dale, Mädchen Amick, Jacob Hopkins|