Priest (2011) **1/2
D: Scott Stewart
C: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Brad Dourif, Stephen Moyer, Christopher Plummer, Alan Dale, Mädchen Amick
P: A priest with other worldly fighting powers makes a dangerous trek to save a family member who has been kidnapped by vampires against the wishes of his church.
The idea that there is this group of priest who are asskicking vampire hunters is a bit silly, but Priest manages to draw viewers in with a snappy pace that doesn't allow viewers much time to ponder over the preposterousness of the film’s central concept and with characters who manage to involve viewers with what is happening to them in the film.
The idea of a character making a dangerous trek to save a family member that they love through insurmountable odds is a powerful notion that people can relate to. That idea comes across tangibly in Priest. The other layers that the characters reveal about themselves as the film progresses, gives them an extra layer of dimensionality. Usually, in these types of films, the characters are caricatures. With Priest, the writers have really managed to bring the characters to life and to make viewers sympathetic to their cause. The idea of what these characters are on the outside is flamboyant, but who they are in the inside resonates and that’s what makes Priest engaging entertainment. [PG-13] 87 mins.