Sunday, January 20, 2013

365 Days- Day 17

movie: Priest
starring: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban
genre: Western
year: 2011
format: DVD

plot: After the last great war between Vampires and Humans, the world is divided up into small pockets of cities and separated by desert wastelands. The cities are protected by Priests, and run by the church.  After years of silence, a new stronger breed of vampires have arrived and kidnapped the daughter of one of the Priests.  He has no choice but to turn against his laws to stop the vampires.

This is based on the comic.

When I first saw this film few years ago, I wasn't too sure I cared for it.  That had more to do with the fact I saw it at the cinema in 3D and I hate when the only option is 3D.
I've since seen it about three times in "plan vision" (2D), and it's one of those stories that grows on you.

I really liked the fact that the vampires in this are more like a cross between an animal and the "alien" creature (as in the movie Alien the way it's design is in case you haven't seen it and are wondering if I meant just from outerspace)  Which helps to really make the Urban character "Black Hat" stand out from the others. 
The idea of having it more of a western, isn't new, but it does root it in reality slightly, where as it might not have worked otherwise.  This is literally like taking Blade Runner and The Quick and the Dead mixing it up with Dracula.  Most of the desert scenes are done in an overexposed way, to make them feel more extreme, which is contrasted drastically by the darkness and steel of the city scenes.

The film is designed so that there can be a sequel, and I for one would love to see a second offering.

what do i think i learned from this film?
There is always something for you to fight for, even when you have lost it all. 

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