He’s hell on wheels

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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.

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