Please Say a Few Prayers for Priest 3D
Priest is a show primarily based on the graphic novel series created by Min-Woo Hyung. I haven't read through the graphic novel to tell you exactly how well it's represented in this film, but it definitely felt like it was a part of something bigger. In fact, the end of the movie made me feel like this was more like an intermission and could be back in 15 minutes. So I waited, with the hope there would be some tidbit to go on for the next picture right at the end of the credits, but unfortunately there was no extra clip at the end..
Now for the goods… I'm beginning to believe that virtually any post-converted 3d production just isn't as good in 3d as movies originally filmed in 3d. You would assume that an alternate world vampire thriller would definitely be intense in 3d, but this one didn't quite meet the bar. I really feel bad about saying that, only because they actually postponed the release date of the film to convert it over to 3d (they really shouldn't have). I would have to say the best 3d part of the entire film was at the credits when bats started flying around. That's about it.
I really kept watching for the interesting 3d segments to happen. I swear, every time I could sense something big was gonna happen, I would push the 3d glasses up on my face and think "here we go" only to be let down by cool Kung-Fu moves without any exciting 3d effects. There were only about six times, and seriously only in the last half of the show, did I feel that my 3d glasses were actually worth wearing.
"Priest" was also a very dark film, as you would imagine. Vampires, as the storyline goes, typically appear at night and live inside "hives" or dark caverns. I can see exactly where 3d was an afterthought in this picture. Dark films and post-converted 3d just don't mix well at all. Dark scenes get even darker under the 3d glasses, and I needed to tug my glasses down at least three or four times during the show to find out what was really going on.
Having said that, the film set the plot up perfectly for any additional sequels to follow it. Paul Bettany played the primary Priest, and for a fan of Bettany, I was not let down. He was very credible as a lead character in this movie, so therefore I am giving the 3d edition of the movie a "C".