This post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller is set in an alternate world, ravaged by centuries of war between men and vampires. Men won or so they are said by Church officials. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany). He was the hero of the last Vampire War but now, like his comrades, lives in obscurity among other humans, doing manual labour in walled-in cities ruled by the Church.
Anyway, when Priest’s niece, Lucy (Lily Collins), is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires the Church don’t want to help because they claimed the vampires have been completely destroyed. Desperate Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find the girl before she is turned into a vamp slave. 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. There will be blood.
What I liked:
- Vampires. They were alien, blind, scary, blood-thirsty and they never sparkled – what not to like?
- The Church. They were fantastic black hats. What a pity they didn’t get more scenes.
- Animated prologue. It was a slick intro into the dystopian world.
- The action scenes. They were really well shoot and CGI effects blended smoothly with real life actors – good job!
What I didn’t like:
- Main character. The Priest was too schematic and his backstory – too simplistic. No twists, no surprises, no fun, just Paul Bettany. I did wonder what the Church had done to him but my questions were never answered – what a waste!
- Lucy, the kidnapped damsel in distress. She was nowhere near as good as Lucy the Dracula bride in distress and I hoped for a really kick-ass young woman. What can be said… if you want to make a decent vampire movie do read your classics, they can feature surprisingly modern, independent females.
- The main antagonist. Black Hat, the former bosom buddy of our white hat, had no third dimension even if such a possibility lurked there somewhere. Pity!
- Too many dull, derivative action horror clichés in the plot.
Not bad for a cartoon-based vampire movie but it could have been much better. I would recommend it for those who have enough of sparkly vamps or for fans of Paul Bettany. Watch at home, preferably after dark.