Priest…

Went to see Priest last night. It was only on in 3D at the cinema I went to. As usual, the 3D is pretty crappy and doesn’t add to the film at all. I’ve seen films that were shot in 3D (like Avatar) and those that were made 3D in post production (like Clash of the Titans). They all look crap to me and paying £3 extra for the added “benefit” of flinching a couple of times when things are thrown at you is not my idea of value. Enough of my anti-3D ranting…

The film does a lot of things right, but doesn’t pack enough punch to make me think it is good. Things I like include:

  • The religion aspect is quite cool. People born with “special” talents are recruited by the church and turned into super-duper vampire killing machines.
  • The superhuman power of the priests comes from God and they have unwavering faith, but seem to have little respect for the church, which has become some Orwellian political control mechanism.
  • The vampires are not glittery. They are not even human looking. They are grotesque humanoids that run on all fours, have massive fangs and have no eyes. Proper gross.
  • Some of the fight scenes have so much potential. There is a scene where Paul Bettany throws some crucifix shuriken into the air, then plucks them out of the sky and throws them at the bad guys. It’s all in bullet time and it is so nearly a classic scene, but just not quite.

I really hope there is a sequel. They only need a bit of fine tuning to turn it from meh… to awesome. Having said that, there were only 3 people in the cinema including me and two of them really should have used a hotel room, so the chances of a sequel seem pretty slim…

Cheers

Tim…

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