The Korean comic book adaptation Priest has been in a bad spot since it settled on a release date just one week after Thor hits theaters this summer. Combine that matter with messy theatrical trailers, and it seems that the long-delayed Screen Gems pic is poised to bomb - possibly becoming the Summer 2011 equivalent of Jonah Hex.
A third full-length theatrical trailer for Priest has been released and it's even more poorly constructed than its predecessors, offering little to no insight about the movie - other than it features vampires, gimmicky 3D action, and a Dark City
ripoff inspired cityscape.
Here is an official synopsis for the film:
'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 (Paul Bettany) 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 (Lily Collins) 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 (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.
For some reason all this new Priest trailer focuses on is an action scene involving Bettany, Gigandet, and a horde of vampiric creatures - as well as touching on the conflict between Priest and the head of the Church (Christopher Plummer). It's more a glorified teaser than a condensed version of previous trailers; there's not even a glimpse at the film's main antagonist, the mysterious Black Hat (Karl Urban).
Check out the new Priest trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:
Passing over the unmemorable aspects of the footage on display - including the poorly-rendered CGI effects and Bettany's curious John Wayne voice - this Priest trailer is just kind of cluttered in design. That doesn't bode too well for the actual film, which marks the second collaboration between director Scott Charles Stewart and Bettany after the hokey apocalyptic horror-thriller, Legion.
It's a shame too, since the mashup of supernatural horror and western elements in Priest reads as kind of creative and interesting on paper. None of the footage shown from the film looks all that good, and there are a lot of elements that Priest seems to have not so much borrowed, but rather stolen from previous films (Matrix-style slo-mo fights, Undworld-inspired production design, etc.).
While this may ultimately prove to be a case of the trailers just being poorly made, I get the feeling that Priest is going to end up being just as messy and unmemorable as the previews indicate. How about you?
Priest arrive in U.S. theaters next month on May 13th.
Source: Yahoo! Movies