Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Priest (2011)

Film of 2012 #19

Some Spoilers

Another film based upon a comic book that I have not read, this time it is a post apocalyptic world in which humans and vampires have lived together forever and the humans developed the Priests, highly skilled and powerful fighters that were created and trained to fight the vampire menace. I have to say that this film is a mess, it seems to grasp the fact that not many people will know the set up but not enough belief in itself to set the world up properly and develop the world that is new to so many people, had they done this a bit better then i think a franchise could have been born here that would have been quite interesting.

You join the world after the Priests have been removed from power and de-commissioned as the vampire menace has been controlled or so it would appear. Now if the film had been about the world in which Priests were created and you followed the young priest through his training I think you would have a better grasp on how the world got where it is and how the reliance on the church and perhaps the ending could have been the set up for this world, there are a few twists that are obvious and because this film feels so rushed they are telegraphed and not that much of a surprise. The vampires are CGI creations that appear to be more animals than a thoughtful dangerous enemy and perhaps if the vampires had been treated like the Bugs in Starship Troopers you would have taken to them a bit more.

Overall I like Paul Bettany and Karl Urban in this film but they do not really get enough to go with and Maggie Q is another character that could really have done with a bit more development, overall this film is very flawed and would love to hear from you if you have read the comic is the film a good adaptation? This is a 2 star film, the actors do not deserve to be in a 1 star film but really it is a film that I would avoid, let me know if you disagree with that. 

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