PRIEST, a western-fused post-apocalyptic 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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The film, based in name only on a series of South Korean graphic novels, has nice, washed-out desert exteriors and some cool jet-powered motorcycles, but there's nothing in the hackneyed story or the derivative action scenes to make you take notice.Mike Hale, New York Times, 05.13.2011
The film is somehow a disappointing combo of too-full and oddly empty.Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 05.13.2011
"Priest'' is based on a series of Korean graphic novels. What it's really based on, though, is other movies - a whole lot of other movies.Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, 05.16.2011
High production values and slick editing can't save this picture. Nor does its overbearing soundtrack music, which tries to strong-arm viewers into believing they're watching a pulse-pounding thriller.Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 05.14.2011