|Director:||David S. Goyer|
|Distributor:||New Line Home Video|
The final battle begins and the trinity comes to an end! Blade is back and his enemies have grown in number since they resurrected their king, Dracula. Together with a new group of vampire hunters, called the Nightstalkers, led by Whistler’s strong but beautiful daughter Abigail and the wise-cracking Hannibal, they must finally defeat the vampires or face inevitable extinction.
Even skeptical fans of the Blade franchise will enjoy sinking their teeth into Blade: Trinity. The law of diminishing returns is in full effect here, and the franchise is wearing out its welcome, but let’s face it: any movie that features Jessica Biel as an ass-kicking vampire slayer and Parker Posey—yes, Parker Posey!—as a vamping vampire villainess can’t be all bad, right? Those lovely ladies bring equal measures of relief and grief to Blade, the half-human, half-vampire once again played, with tongue more firmly in stone-cold cheek, by Wesley Snipes. With series writer David S. Goyer in the director’s chair, the film is calculated for mainstream appeal, trading suspenseful horror for campy humor and choppy, nonsensical action. The franchise still offers some intriguing ideas, however, including Drake (Dominic Purcell), the original vampire, whose blood contains the secret that could destroy all blood-suckers in a plot that incorporates a sinister “blood farm” where humans are held—and drained—in suspended animation. And Biel’s wise-cracking sidekick (Ryan Reynolds) in her cadre of “Nightstalkers” provides comic relief in a series that’s grown increasingly dour. All of which makes Blade: Trinity a love-it-or-hate-it sequel…supposedly the last in a trilogy, but the ending suggests otherwise. —Jeff Shannon
Barnes and Noble
After writing the first two Blade movies—which were quite successful—David S. Goyer was rewarded with the director’s chair for this sequel, which continues in the same, er, vein as the earlier series entries. Blade (Wesley Snipes) is still carrying on his war against vampires with the help of Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). The bloodsucking baddies have something big planned, though, and they’ll need to distract him. So Danica Talos (Parker Posey) lets the FBI know that Blade is responsible for some 1,182 murders—and the feds immediately go after our boy, leaving the way clear for Dracula himself (Dominic Purcell) to implement the scheme that will permanently subjugate humanity to the vampires. Attempting to keep the vamp hunter out of the hands of law enforcement are Abe’s daughter, Abigail (Jessica Biel), and wisecracking hotshot Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds). Hey, what did you expect—Tolstoy? This is a movie adapted from a Marvel comic book, after all. It’s supercharged with ultra-violent action, and once the plot (such as it is) has been established, Goyer keeps it racing toward an explosive climax. Don’t look for any gothic atmosphere in this film; there’s nothing old-school about Blade: Trinity. We’re talking hard-core, heavy-metal, splatter-punk stuff here. Anyone who liked the first two installments in the franchise is bound to find favor with this one, because it’s got everything they had, and more of it, especially in the DVD-only, unrated edition. Ed Hulse
Get set for more action, more vampires and more Wesley Snipes in this second monster-hit installment in the Blade franchise. When the world is threatened by a new and deadlier breed of super vampires, the legendary Blade and his mentor, Whistler, must join forces with the Bloodpack, an elite team of vampire warriors.
The recipe for Blade is quite simple; you take one part Batman, one part horror flick, and two parts kung fu and frost it all over with some truly campy acting. What do you get? An action flick that will reaffirm your belief that the superhero action genre did not die in the fluorescent hands of Joel Schumacher. Blade is the story of a ruthless and supreme vampire slayer (Wesley Snipes) who makes other contemporary slayers (Buffy et al.) look like amateurs. Armed with a samurai sword made of silver and guns that shoot silver bullets,…