Priest Adapted from a graphic-novel series (and what isn't these days?), this unholy mess of horror and Western clichés is, at least, blessed with a wonderfully… Priest Adapted from a graphic-novel series (and what isn't these days?), this unholy mess of horror and Western clichés is, at least, blessed with a wonderfully… 2011-05-13 PG-13 PT87M Action/Adventure Horror Sci-fi and Fantasy Paul Bettany Cam Gigandet Maggie Q Screen Gems Inc.
Movie Review

Priest (2011)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Paul Bettany, Priest | FORGIVE ME, FATHER Paul Bettany in Priest
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FORGIVE ME, FATHER Paul Bettany in Priest
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: May 13, 2011; Rated: PG-13; Length: 87 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Paul Bettany; Distributor: Screen Gems Inc.

Adapted from a graphic-novel series (and what isn't these days?), this unholy mess of horror and Western clichés is, at least, blessed with a wonderfully loony premise. A band of superpowered priests is all that stands between mankind (or what's left of it in a church-led dystopia) and hordes of vampires — not the sullen, beau-hunk kind, mind you, but eyeless, mucus-covered monsters. When his niece is kidnapped by the creatures, one renegade man of the cloth (Paul Bettany) teams with a gun-toting sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and a priestess (Maggie Q) to rescue her. Directed by Scott Charles Stewart (Legion), the movie manages some evocative, sooty visuals and a few decent action sequences. But its B-movie sins are many, worst among them an icy hero and a plot that feels like it was built from relics of other, better films. C–

Originally posted May 13, 2011

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