Cannot believe the negativity surrounding this film - just another example of film snobbery. It has no agenda and no motivation outside entertainment - but is this really a bad thing? Thoroughly enjoyed the apocalyptic setting, the Western pastiche, the flashy cinematography, and top-notch effects. The vampires were a little corny, and the script was thin, but that's being picky. A lot of fun, plain and simple.
I revisited this film recently, thankfully for free this time thanks to Crackle. It's shame really, I think there was potential to build an interesting universe (the comic did) but instead it ends up feeling a lot like Judge Dread but with priests.
I liked the animated intro the best. The movie quite obviously mashes up elements from Blade Runner, Equilibrium and other genre films, but the interesting world setting is soon abandoned for bland chase in faux-wild west. Actions scenes are poorly paced and not imaginative, characters are forgettable, the movie is too short, too uninspired and fails to explore any of the possible subtexts.
Pretty sure I fell asleep watching this. The plot idea was good and I really have a lot of love for quite a few of the actors but overall it was poorly executed. The fact that it's based on a south korea comic (do we call them manga?) explains a lot of the over the top dramatic fight scenes which really let it down and left me sat there swearing at the screen at how ridiculous it all was.
Take a bunch of derivative narrative elements, shake furiously, and pour them out onto the screen without any discernible talent or narrative momentum. Hopefully Paul Bettany is done with this kind of twaddle.