In this post-apocalyptic western, the movie
moves along at a fast pace. I do have three problems with PRIEST (other than
the needless 3D conversion) before I get to the stuff I liked about it. One,
I wish they showed the war between humans and vampires in live action instead of an animated sequence. Two, it feels like I am watching the second movie of a series at times.
Three, I wish they did a little back story on the characters at the beginning which is very helpful when you get the
big reveal at the end.
Despite all those problems, PRIEST has
a very visual world that is very well photographed with a good music score.
Excellent production design and costume design is at work in this film.
The action scenes keep your interest even though some play out too short.
Paul Bettany works with the material given him while I wish there was more screen time for Maggie Q. PRIEST does set itself up for a sequel.
That does remind me of another problem
with the film. It seems too short.
It is over when you think it could go on. One reviewer comments
that maybe the film was edited down. PRIEST had several release date changes
and delays due to Sony wanting to convert it into 3D (which is wasted on PRIEST).
I do like how the film plays out as a post-apocalyptic action western.
I would love to see another film in this series. It is an enjoyable
B movie with an A level budget in some ways.
The film is very loosely based on the Korean magna. The magna is a western
tale about a singular priest fighting zombies after he sells his soul to the devil.
PRIEST is drastically changed from the magna and only shares very few bits with the magna. If you're looking for a film version of the magna, look elsewhere.
This isn't it.
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David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments