Judge Dredd, Sin City, Watchmen, Wolfenstein... with a twist! Vampires. And the church. And priests. Steampunk and badlands.
It's a strange blend of traditional and sci-fi, with an animated intro, and a dusty voyage through a gray world in search of love, and familiarity, and answers, and judgement...
It was great. Fighting choreography swift - although clumsy in the beginning. Special effects still work - though jumps and similar don't always seem to carry weight. God does work in mysterious ways but... feels like a possible sign of aging. There must be something.
Story-wise I feel it all passed by a bit too fast. The dreams. The conflict. The resolution. It's swift, like it should be - like the bidding they do in the name of the one and only, but still... feels like it could've gone deeper. Could've had a bit more depth. Could've built up more. Or maybe it's the world that seems a bit too empty? The statues were awing, but it could have had something... something more beyond those desolate plains... maybe? A more diminishing end? A more concluding one...? Though Paul Bettany's really perfect in his role, almost as much so as Karl Urban the villain. Former comrades turned fiends by the twisted trails of fate.
I like the atmosphere too! It's Cell-like. Like The Cell-like. Dusty and dystopian in a comfortably otherworldly apocalyptic kind of way.
Those parallels too. The church we serve in the name of something greater. Applicable to all. Like the guise of commerce we follow under the name of state. Whatever you believe in: fetch something in this wake.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle