Directed by: Scott Charles Stewart
Written by: Cory Goodman & Min-Woo Hyung
Distributed by: ScreenGems
Released in theaters May 13, 2011
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Just because Bettany is a Priest, don’t expect to be bogged down with religion. Sure, the Monsignors have quite a system going on that might be a little reminiscent of the Vatican, but they really are no different than your selfish, power hungry government. It doesn’t butcher religion/Christianity either. I was actually quite impressed when the Warrior Priestess tells Priest that his power doesn’t come from the Church but rather from God.
I loved the darkness and dinginess of the cities contrasted with the sun-scorched wasteland settlements. The hives were gloomy and drafty, and this feeling was successfully brought to the surface in the reservation where the willing offered themselves up to the vampires as familiars.
There’s a couple interesting twists in the plot, which I enjoyed. I like how there is romance, but it isn’t the focus of the film—just a bonus. I get the feeling there is so much more depth to the characters, but a lot of the backstory is left to the viewers’ imagination.
This movie is a little creepy at times, and it did give me bad dreams—but I think it had more to do with watching it right before bed than anything. You should definitely rent a copy and check it out for yourself!