He’s hell on wheels
LAST week, it was the cowboys versus aliens. This week, the war for your film-going buck pits the vicars against the vampires.
The ‘‘ heroes’’ of Priest – and it is something of a stretch to call them that – are church-going, flame-throwing, jet-bike-riding bad boys.
The villains are a rather drab bunch of vamps, who all live underground in reservation-style accommodation ( the movie likens the plight of the bloodsuckers to native American Indians, which is as insulting as it is weird).
As it is set at an undisclosed date in the future, and based on a fairly nutty Korean graphic novel, Priest is free to re-set and re-break its own rules of logic throughout.
At the very least, the film’s jerky mood swings will keep viewers on their toes long after they become bored with the main plot.
If you’re interested, it is all about a kick-arse cleric named – wait for it – Priest, played by Paul Bettany ( pictured) sporting a whopping crucifix tattoo right between the eyes.
He is in the process of disobeying an official edict from above ( not God, but Christopher Plummer as a sinister Monsignor type) to stay off the vampires’ home turf.
But the vampires killed Priest’s sister. And they abducted his niece ( Lily Collins). And now they – wait for it – gotta pay.
It co-stars Cam Gigandet as Priest’s lame layman offsider Sheriff Hicks, and Maggie Q as the sacrilegiously sexy Priestess.