Oh my this looks appalling. Screen Gems has released a new trailer for Priest, Paul Bettany’s second collaboration with his Legion director Scott Charles Stewart, and as you ca tell by my initial sentence I don’t rate it much.
Don’t get me wrong Bettany is a talented actor, and the movie even has Karl Urban for extra heft, but this mess of bad CGI, hammy dialogue and just plain badness does not set a good tone.
The movie sees a warrior priest disobeying Church law and teaming with a young sheriff and a beautiful priestess to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped the priest’s niece before they turn her into one of them.
Priest is out May 13th, hopefully it looks better by then.
Set for release in spring 2011, this Screen Gems thriller is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi ride, 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 niece’s boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. Directed by Scott Charles Stewart and written by Cory Goodman along with Min-Woo Hyung from the graphic novel series “Priest”, PRIEST stars Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Brad Dourif, Stephen Moyer, and Christopher Plummer.