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The outbreak, hundreds of years ago, of a war between humans and a species of vampiric creatures led to humanity taking refuge in fortresses, protected and ruled over by The Church, a theocracy underpinned by an innately gifted warrior-class of demon-killers called Priests.

Now, the war is deemed over; humans mostly continue to live within the walls, the vampires have been banished to reservations and the Priests have had their authority to kill at will withdrawn.

But, on learning that his niece (Lily Collins) has been abducted, one Priest (Bettany) abandons his obedience to The Church and sets out to either rescue her or, if she has been infected, kill her. He's joined on his quest by a wasteland sheriff (Gigandet) and a rogue Priestess (Q), who both have links to Priest's past.

Also starring Karl Urban and Christopher Plummer.

(2011) Cert: 12

Priest synopsis

Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q star in Scott Stewart's violent fantasy action-thriller, which pits vampires against humans in a post-apocalyptic world

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