Originally Posted by NorthSky
Once again, you are correct.
Yes, I like many movies that the critics hate and this is another guilty pleasure. It has a troubled history with its star and director changing over time, production lag, conversion to 3D and release times repeatedly pushed back. The story is based on the Korean graphic novel - Priest (manhwa)
although there are significant differences between this storyline and the movie.
Paul Bettany and director Scott Stewart previously teamed in Legion
(2010). The director has a keen eye for detail (which makes sense since he started his career in visual effects) but may be lacking a bit on the story telling side.
I found a quote by the director about the storyline interesting. "The priests of our story are like Jedi knights. They have these supernatural abilities to fight vampires and they saved humanity before the movie even begins. Now, a generation later, society has moved on from war, and the priests are like pariahs. They're almost like Vietnam vets—they've been cast aside by society and they're now reviled and feared."
Box-office receipts imply it almost broke even worldwide. I would have liked to have seen the sequel (the story is left hanging at the end) but since it wasn't a huge hit it seems unlikely. I own it on Blu-ray. 6/10.