1 hour, 27 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language.
Added DVD Features: Deleted and Extended Scenes; The Bloody Frontier: Creating the World of Priest; Tools of the Trade: The Weapons and Vehicles; Filmmakers and Cast Commentary
Paul Bettany ...
Karl Urban ...
Cam Gigandet ...
Maggie Q ...
Lily Collins ...
Brad Dourif ...
Stephen Moyer ...
Christopher Plummer ...
| A priest, known as, yes, Priest (Paul Bettany "A Beautiful Mind"), is called on to rejoin
the fight when his young niece (Lily Collins "The Blind Side"), living on a hardscrabble
subsistence farm out on the frontier with her parents, is kidnapped. The
Priest suspects vampires are to blame - and he's right. He defies the
commands of the Church in order to undertake his niece's rescue, joining
up with the town sheriff (Cam Gigandet "Burlesque") who loves her and refuses to
let her be killed. Through their pursuit we learn more about the
vampires, and they're nothing like those moody charmers of gothic
tradition. Instead, they are repulsive and almost featureless, except
for their fangs.
The abduction of the Priest's niece brings him face to face with an old friend
from his past - who's not so friendly anymore - and reveals some
long-held family secrets. He is also reacquainted with the Priestess (Maggie Q "Live Free or Die Hard"), a
fellow warrior with whom he apparently shared an illicit romance. Before long the Priest, Priestess, and the sheriff are racing
against time to stop a runaway train in order to save the city.
There's an elegant balance to the
composition of most of the shots called by director Scott Stewart ("Legion"), and there's a visual consistency throughout
that serves as a reminder of the material's origin as a graphic novel. The
film's ending hints at a sequel, and Who knows? Priest II just might be something you'll to look forward to seeing.