New ‘Priest’ Trailer Delivers More Post-Apocalyptic Action

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:41 pm,

Priest New Priest Trailer Delivers More Post Apocalyptic Action

Fans of the Korean comic book Priest have been waiting patiently to see whether or not Screen Gems’ long-delayed feature film adaptation honors or degrades its source material.  The previous trailer seemed to indicate that a few liberties had been taken with the story, but that that the hybrid of western, fantasy and horror genres had been preserved.

Priest‘s rather tumultuous journey to the big screen began when Sam Raimi expressed interest in producing a version directed by Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror remake) and starring Gerard Butler. That incarnation evidently deviated even further from the comic and while a bullet may have been dodged when it collapsed, the news that Scott Stewart (Legion) was stepping into the director’s chair and starting from scratch wasn’t particularly reassuring either.

Yahoo! has just debuted a second trailer for Priest and if you were already skeptical, this probably isn’t going to ease any of your concerns. Differences from the comic aside, the first trailer at least did a decent job of laying out the film’s premise and telling audiences everything they needed to know. In my opinion, the new trailer is ridiculously incoherent and sloppy.

In the interest of providing some context for what you’re about to see, here’s the official synopsis for Priest:

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

And here’s the new trailer:

There’s no denying that Priest is a slick looking movie with some incredibly cool iconography (I really liked the recently released character posters), but this trailer accomplishes the exact opposite of what it’s supposed to – it actually makes me less interested in seeing the film. There are a few interesting action beats, but stylistically speaking – it looks like they just threw everything they could think of at the wall to see what would stick. Then again, maybe it’s just the way this is cut together.

If nothing else, Priest boasts a pretty impressive cast that includes Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Maggie Q and Christopher Plummer. Watching Urban play an over-the-top villain might be reason enough for me to check this out, but I’m getting the feeling it might be best to approach this with diminished expectations.

Priest will finally hit theaters on May 13th.

Source: Yahoo! Movies.

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  1. Karl Urban as the villain convinces me to see this in the theatres

  2. Did no one read the comic before script writing. This is gonna suck as much as The Last Airbender and Dragonball: Evolution.

    • pretty much every adaptation of an asian anime/manga is garbage, the worst yet considerably most entertaining would be ricky oh :D

      imo most people are just gonna watch this for the action/post apocalyptic feel, not for the story.

    • Did ANYone read the comic? Learn english.

  3. Honestly gets me a little curious about maybe checking it out in theaters. Of course so did Legon and man I’m glad I didn’t make that mistake.

    • u spelled legion wrong <.<

      • Probably a typo. However, You misspelled you. And didn’t use punctuation. >_>

  4. I remember seeing this trailer alongside Legions trailer and honestly thinking that these movies were related or one in the same. I know they are actually very different but they both star the mediocre paul bettany and use over the top visuals to tell its absurd story. I’m already calling this a bust but I do like Karl Urban a lot however to i might end up seeing this movie after it hits dvd. Btw Karl Urban kind of reminds me of Eric Bana… anyone see that or am i nuts. Cheers :)

  5. I don’t know… I want it to be good… but the whole Legion thing has me VERY wary. Karl Urban looks pretty kick ass as the bad guy though!

  6. This makes me want to see the movie even more. More Urban, more Maggie Q, more vampire kicking goodness. Keep it coming.

  7. I’m now torn, the first trailer didn’t convince me that there was much “different” with this film but this one has. For starters the “monsters” aren’t the only vampires so there’s clearly more to the main storyline (have not read the source material)..another thing for me is the FINE cast. At the moment it looks a bit like a Judge Dredd / Equilibrium mix which isn’t so bad.

    • Never read the comic but curious to see it. I do hope that there is more to see then what is in the trailer. Usually studios like to show trailers that reveal every action scenes or jokes like Men in Black or Iron Man.

  8. I’ve gotten to the point where I hate trailers…