Priest

  • Review Date: May 12, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sci-fi vampire tale has weak characters, heavy violence.
  • Review Date: May 12, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's futuristic world as a whole is so depressing that kids are unlikely to come away with much hope. However, the main character doesn't really exhibit much problematic behavior; he appears to be a loner, but he does successfully team up with others, and together they manage to solve a large problem. But he's forced to disobey his superiors to rescue a family member and to help save humanity. The movie also takes a dismal view of powerful organized religion.

Positive role models

The main character is a priest and a vampire killer; while he's brave, resourceful, and responsible and works well with others, he's also very dour and depressed. He has trouble clinging to his faith, and he occasionally seems tempted by worldly pleasures, though he never succumbs.

Violence

Strong fantasy violence, with monster and vampire attacks, fighting, explosions, guns and shooting, knives and stabbing, plus other fantasy-type weapons. While the blood in most of the movie isn't overwhelming, an animated title sequence features extremely heavy gore. Plus, a vampire attacks a human and sucks his blood dry (he leaves the human with some white foam coming out of his mouth). And in another scene, a vampire seemingly pulls a man's heart out of his chest.

Sex

Some slight sexual innuendo. A teen girl returns from "town" with the top button of her dress undone. Other characters discreetly discuss possible sexual encounters that may have occurred in the past.

Language

"F--k" is heard once; other language is also infrequent but includes "s--t," "goddamn," "son of a bitch," and "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comic book-based sci-fi vampire story has strong fantasy violence, especially in the graphically gory animated title sequence; it also has monster attacks, fighting, and weapons. The movie crams together bits and pieces of vampire lore, bleak futuristic imagery, and Western elements, as well as a negative attitude toward too-powerful organized religion. There's some brief sexual innuendo and one use of "f--k," though language in general is infrequent.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Many years ago, a man known only as Priest (Paul Bettany) and others like him fought a war against a race of faceless vampires. Now that war is over, and the priests are having a hard time fitting in ... until a new band of vampires attacks and kidnaps a member of the Priest's family. Along with the cowboy-like Hicks (Cam Gigandet) and one of his former colleagues (Maggie Q), Priest heads out into the wastelands beyond the dark, ruined cities to find clues. Unfortunately, it looks as though Priest's brutal past is about to catch up with him in the form of a new breed of vampire. Can he pull off the rescue and stop the new vampire attack?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With PRIEST, former special effects man-turned-director Scott Stewart produces a movie much like his feature debut, Legion: It's great-looking but lifeless. The premise is an interesting combination of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie, vampire lore, and the American West, and it cooks up dazzling landscapes and sets that deserve comparison to Blade Runner. But after that, the movie simply borrows ideas without much joy or enthusiasm.

The dour, depressing, wooden characters don't help much. Not even memorable cult actors like Brad Dourif, Steven Moyer (of TV's True Blood) or Madchen Amick (formerly of Twin Peaks) can help. Nobody appears to be having much fun. The scary moments are old hat, and the fight scenes are gray and choppy and don't generate much excitement. Fans of the comic book by Hyung Min-woo would probably do better to stick to the printed page.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it affect you? Do you think all of it was necessary to the story? How does it compare to movies with more gore and blood? Which do you find scarier?

  • How does this movie compare to other vampire movies and TV shows? Why do you think vampires are so popular? Why do you think some are so much more violent than others?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 13, 2011
DVD release date:August 16, 2011
Cast:Cam Gigandet, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Paul Bettany
Director:Scott Stewart
Studio:Screen Gems
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language

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Adult Written byjoshua martinez May 21, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
priest is a good action movie but parents you need to know that priest has a lot of Strong fantasy violence and some strong language used.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheSuperman765 May 14, 2011
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

i thought it was going to be better than this

What to watch out for * Messages: The movie's futuristic world as a whole is so depressing that kids are unlikely to come away with much hope. However, the main character doesn't really exhibit much problematic behavior; he appears to be a loner, but he does successfully team up with others, and together they manage to solve a large problem. But he's forced to disobey his superiors to rescue a family member and to help save humanity. The movie also takes a dismal view of powerful organized religion. * Role models: The main character is a priest and a vampire killer; while he's brave, resourceful, and responsible and works well with others, he's also very dour and depressed. He has trouble clinging to his faith, and he occasionally seems tempted by worldly pleasures, though he never succumbs. * Violence: Strong fantasy violence, with monster and vampire attacks, fighting, explosions, guns and shooting, knives and stabbing, plus other fantasy-type weapons. While the blood in most of the movie isn't overwhelming, an animated title sequence features extremely heavy gore. Plus, a vampire attacks a human and sucks his blood dry (he leaves the human with some white foam coming out of his mouth). And in another scene, a vampire seemingly pulls a man's heart out of his chest. * Sex: Some slight sexual innuendo. A teen girl returns from "town" with the top button of her dress undone. Other characters discreetly discuss possible sexual encounters that may have occurred in the past. * Language: "F--k" is heard once; other language is also infrequent but includes "s--t," "godd--n," "son of a bi-ch," and "h--l." * Consumerism: Not an issue. * Drinking, drugs, & smoking: Not an issue.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Adult Written bykhan2705 May 29, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

an awful mess.

1.5/5 Priest, a western-fused post-apocalyptic thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. Again, this director-actor due brought us a bad movie. atleast LEGION had some story and thrill to it and was a bit interesting, it was bad too but PRIEST is worst than it. thats is like biggest insult for the director and the movie itself, people hated and critics completely panned that movie but whats more worst than calling this movie even worst than Legion? i wasn't willing to see this movie have read the reviews and it is one of the worst reviewd film of the year but i did for a silly summer pleasure. this is kind of a mash up of many genres like a western with Post-apocalyptic world with vampires and religion and some pretty blade runner type of city. movie itself has many cliched things. it just seem like a Resident evil stuff, vampires are awful in it. move is very short and very slow dull and boring paced which makes you feel even it is shorter than other movies it still seems like an overlong movie like it is being stretched. badly made movie. Director Scott Stewart gave a horrible direction to this movie. worst screenplay with many hollow and emptiness and just pure garbage. very badly written. CGI or visual effects are terrible, vampires and everything else looks bad. cinematography is below average and every other technical thing sucks too. what was the point of making this movie, i hope it gets a Razzie nomination seriously man it made me angry. Paul Bettany should stop doing these same old Religious/Rebel hero thing it just doesn't work and i am tired of him. acting performances are awful ofcourse but Cam Gigandent, Stephen Moyer (in small role) and Christopher Plummer looks bit of good in their characters. Karl Urban is the main evil villain in it. the ending scene is the only good thing about it makes you thrill and feel the action but otherwise this movie is a very bad movie. NOT RECOMMENDED at all.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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