Recently, my wife and I watched the action-packed movie PRIEST. It’s about a warrior priest living in a futuristic society that is controlled by the Catholic Church. The Church rose to power after its priests defended the people against a massive attack of vampires. Now those vampires are back and one priest requests permission from the clergy to leave the city and find his daughter who has been taken captive. The Church, however, does not wish to acknowledge that there is any mounting threat and does not want the people’s faith in the Church shaken so the priest’s request is denied.
The priest rebels and decides to go rogue…
The recurring phrase throughout the movie up to this point involves the clergy (and anyone else who is subject to their authority) emphatically stating that “to go against the church is to go against God,” and the leader of the clergy (the monsignor) drives in the point that questioning the authority of the clergy is absolutely forbidden. In his frustration with the clergy and their overbearing authority, the priest becomes conflicted in his faith and decides that the only way for him to save his daughter is to “go against God” (because he must go against the church).
The clergy then calls on other faithful priests to go after him, but one (Priestess) decides to go and warn him instead and then reminds him that their true power is not from the church but comes from God! She also tells him that with or without the clergy, they are still priests. I loved that statement because it made me think of how the organized church today wants to create the impression in people’s minds that there is a division between clergy and laity and that only an elite few are allowed to speak on behalf of God and speak directly to God. The truth is that God has called ALL OF US to be priests unto Him. Because of Jesus, we can all come to the Father directly and He can directly speak to us and through us to others. This truth smacks against religion’s sham authority.
So the movie continues with two priests (one a believer and one conflicted in his faith) and a non-believer sidekick called Hicks, who ban together to fight off the vampires and rescue the priest’s daughter and save the day.
That’s the nutshell synopsis of this film and it’s quite violent and dark; however, there are some great lines in the movie and so I threw together a few excerpts from the movie to share them. There is no cursing or violence in the following clip, although I almost added a scene where the Church sends in the authorities to pick up the rogue priest and… well… let’s just say they don’t succeed. 😉 Those of you thinking about renting it, just please know, this is not a “family movie” (or a “Christian” movie) and there are several scenes that would be very frightening for kids. I just found it intriguing to discover the positive messages interwoven through various scenes of the film. I hope you enjoy the little video montage I’ve put together below. There are some subtitles in sections where it’s either hard to hear what’s being said or that I wanted to emphasize.