I watched “Priest” last night. Here are 5 reasons you should too.
- Paul Bettany is possibly the best-looking albino on the planet.
- It is sci-fi/horror, and every movie diet should include this wonderful sub-genre. It’s like movie roughage–you just gotta have it!
- It is set in a dystopian future which–NATURALLY–includes crowded, dank, dark, claustrophobic cities. If you are a sucker for this particular aesthetic, it’s worth the price of admission for that alone. Seriously, it’s just a GREAT-LOOKING film.
- It is tight, entertaining and pretty to look at. There is not a second wasted.
- Unlike many good guy vs. bad guy films, there are not many moments when you fear for the hero. It’s pretty clear he’s a serious badass who will vanquish anyone who crosses him. I, for one, find his unquestioned superiority at kicking ass refreshing. Others may find it banal.
Super Special Neat-O Meta Bonus Reason: One of the vampires’ first victims is played by Stephen Moyer. You know, Vampire Bill on True Blood.
Super Special Neat-O Meta Bonus Reason for Cranky Zombies: This movie is not about zombies, which makes it inherently inferior to those featuring zombies.
OK, number 4? That’s also its flaw. It’s based on a graphic novel, so I’m sure condensing it for movie form was difficult. That sort of thing always is. But while I appreciate a film so tight no light can escape it, I really, really would have enjoyed more backstory. There are many questions I would like to have had answered. Out of context, asking them here would leave the reader as clueless as he began so there’s no sense doing it.
I also think the film suffers from a lack of depth. I mean, I know Priest is a haunted ass-kicking machine with a serious, call-your-physician boner for killing vampires, but why? Yes, of course, he’s out to save his niece and, yes, he was a veteran of decades-long vampire war, but I still need more than that. (I guess this ties in with the my backstory complaint, though I’m referring more to emotional motivators here.) I feel like Priest suffered from the same fate 300 did–a lot of it was just really pretty–which I appreciate!!!– surface gloss; where’s the emotional depth?
Also too, listening to
Paul Bettany trying to affect an American accent was kind of amusing.