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Coming Soon: Priest

Submitted by on May 8, 2011 – 6:04 pmNo Comment

While vampires have worked their way back into popular culture in a serious way, it’s about time we see vampires in a film where there’s no love story or werewolves. Based on a Korean comic, Priest takes us to an alternate, futuristic universe in which humans and vampires have warred for centuries. The protagonist, a Warrior Priest (played by Paul Bettany) has no choice but to involve himself in the war when his niece is taken by the vampires. He is joined on the journey by the girl’s boyfriend and a former Warrior Priestess (played by Maggie Q).

The film will be shown in 3D and seems poised to be everything we would expect from a film about vampires: dark, cold, gory, and loaded with special effects. Gerard Butler was originally picked to star in the film, however Bettany looks to be holding his own in this one. Sporting a cross on his forehead and a serious demeanor throughout, he certainly seems ready to make Priest one of his most memorable characters.

The vampires are fully computer generated in the film and are not your typical breed by any stretch. Led by a queen, they are not harmed or killed by sunlight as most vampires in the movies. Instead, they are only sensitive to light and are thus pale alien-like creatures who live in caves. They communicate with each other but cannot be understood by humans. Basically, these creatures will be quite similar to those in I Am Legend. Check out the trailers for Priest below.

As the trailers show, the film makes for a unique combination of Christianity (including a computerized confessional process) and carnage, the type of juxtaposition that makes for movie magic. If you’re ready for epic battle scenes in which the actors, weapons, and foes are literally flying off the screen and right into your face, check out Priest in 3D when it is released to theaters nationwide on May 13.

Source: MSN Movies

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