MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 1,823 this week

Priest (2011)

 -  Action | Fantasy | Horror  -  13 May 2011 (USA)
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 86,993 users   Metascore: 41/100
Reviews: 227 user | 217 critic | 13 from Metacritic.com

A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Director:

Writers:

, (graphic novel series "Priest")
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 01 Apr 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 03 Jul 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 10 Sep 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 11 Sep 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "Priest" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Priest (2011)

Priest (2011) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Priest.

User Polls

4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Legion (2010)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A group of strangers fight for the welfare of humanity.

Director: Scott Stewart
Stars: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton
Gabriel (2007)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

GABRIEL tells the story of an archangel who fights to bring light back to purgatory - a place where darkness rules - and save the souls of the city's inhabitants.

Director: Shane Abbess
Stars: Andy Whitfield, Dwaine Stevenson, Samantha Noble
Daybreakers (2009)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene leads the battle against humankind.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
Pandorum (2009)
Action | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.

Director: Christian Alvart
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet
Priest (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon ... See full summary »

Director: Antonia Bird
Stars: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.

Director: Patrick Tatopoulos
Stars: Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Monsignor Orelas
...
...
Shannon Pace
...
Boy
...
Crocker
Joel Polinsky ...
Dr. Tomlin
...
Familiar
...
Familiar
Edit

Storyline

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi 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 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 is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his daughter's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. Written by Screen Gems

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Vampire Killer See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Priest - El vengador  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,953,664 (USA) (13 May 2011)

Gross:

$29,136,626 (USA) (17 June 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The girl Priest is looking for is called Lucy. This is a throwback to the Dracula of Bram Stoker, where there is also a character named Lucy, who is also an engaged redheaded girl in need of saving. See more »

Goofs

In many scenes, the cross on Priest's face, which is supposed to be a tattoo, is wiped off from the end of his nose and reappears as a full cross. One of the most noticeable moments in a short time span is at the Nightshade Reservation. Priest has one of the familiars pinned to the ground and when the camera focuses on his face, the end of the cross has been wiped off. Camera switches back to the familiar who points to the sky and when Priest turns to face the sun, the cross is fully drawn on again. See more »

Quotes

Black Hat: [With an evil smirk] After all, if you're not committing sin... you're not having fun.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Projector: Priest (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Mozart III Sequentia: Dies irae (Requiem in D minor K. 626)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W. A. Mozart)
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker - Conductor Herbert von Karajan, Organ: Rudolf Scholz, Choir: Wiener Singverein, Chorus Master: Helmuth Froschauer
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Short, slick and vacuous.
7 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Based on the long-running Korean comic of the same name, Priest is one of those films that's been stuck in development hell for the last few years, running a gauntlet of director and lead actor changes and more recently, coping with a series of release date delays in order to facilitate the inevitably shoddy post-production conversion to 3D that's currently so beloved of mainstream cinema.

The added dimension isn't going to win any prizes - for the most part it is relatively pointless, and the world in which Priest takes place is not interesting enough to require any additional depth.

The ever-reliable Paul Bettany stars as the titular character. Stoic to the end, he's not your typical priest - more a deadly weapon, specialising in martial arts and weapons skills that make him the perfect killer. He exists in a time where vampires are a horrifying reality, battling humans for control of a conflict-ridden, barren wasteland punctuated only by large, soulless, church-controlled cities where humans live only for their faith and 'an honest day's labour'.

You don't watch films like this expecting an Oscar-winning tale, and action-wise, Priest is fairly solid, packing in a series of high-octane fights and chases for its duration. Helmer Scott Stewart knows where to put a camera in order to maximise the impact upon the viewer, and the oil-slick manner in which everything is filmed shows a director moving away from his previous field as a visual effects specialist and having a decent stab at mastering his craft.

Unfortunately, there's not a lot going on when knives and bullets aren't being flung around - the supporting cast of Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q and Karl Urban are given next to nothing to do and the dialogue serves only to move the film along to its next set-piece. Story-wise, it's paper-thin, and it's difficult to care about the motivation of any character when the levels of emotion on display resemble that of Mount Rushmore.

It is also strangely edited - 87 minutes is very short for a film with this kind of budget, and there's all manner of blunt cuts that give credence to the theory that there was once a longer, potentially better film here.

So, was Priest worth the wait? Not particularly, but for all its faults, it certainly has promise. Depending on box office performance, it could really benefit from a deeper, beefed-up sequel along the lines of Blade II. The good news is that there's plenty of source material available for a return to this mythology - it's just a shame that it's as shallow as the film it's spawned.


147 of 183 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Freaking Awesome! Trolls go home. The-Kurgan
Anti-catholic? (NO TROLLS PLEASE!) Zackery-Arbela
When is Part Two? bminney
how good or bad is this film? moviemaniac008
Religious nonsense 1aih4oi02
There is actually a lot to like about this film! thanatic
Discuss Priest (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?