The post-apocalyptic world of ‘Priest’ is made of many elements from different genre’s that I’m guessing a lot of M/C readers will may happily identify. It mixes a little ‘Mad Max’ with a little “Matrix,” for vehicles and fight action, then sprinkles a little of Orwell’s “1984” for foreboding mood, then brings it all together with spaghetti-western archetypes for characters and a lot of the set dressing.
Lily Collins and Cam Gigandet play two of these western movie regulars. Lily Collins plays Lucy Pace, the farm girl who’s ready see the world, but is unfortunately kidnapped by vampires before she can do so. Cam Gigandet plays Hicks (get it?), the small town sheriff in love with Lucy and determined to rescue her. Hicks is good with a gun, but no match for the vampires, so he enlists the help a social drifter, Paul Bettany’s Priest to help him track her down.
Although they share little screen time, as Lucy is kidnapped early in the first reel, the two actors were paired for interviews and I had the chance to sit down with them and talk about the film.
Both were excited for the movie to finally be coming out after an eight month delay for 3D conversion. I can honestly say it’s the best job I’ve seen of the technique and well worth the wait. Gigandet concurred, saying “It’s a gorgeous and stunning movie even in 2D, but in 3D it becomes an experience.”
Watch the interview embedded above.
Priest opens everywhere this Friday, May 13th in both 2D and 3D theaters