|Tags: blade, blade trinity, blood, David S. Goyer, Dominic Purcell, gore, Jessica Beil, martial arts, Michael Paul Levesque (Triple H), Natasha Lyonne, Parker Posey, Patton Oswalt, Ryan Reynolds, swordplay, vamps, Wesley Snipes|
Director:David S. Goyer
Cast:Wesley Snipes, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Beil, Dominic Purcell, Michael Paul Levesque (Triple H), Parker Posey, Natasha Lyonne, Patton Oswalt
It’s been six years since the first Blade made its impact on the world and today marked the official release for the third (and supposedly final) installment in the trilogy. Originally the project had Blade 2 director Guillermo del Toro attached, but he had to bail out due to it interfering with Hellboy; instead Blade writer David. S. Goyer took the helm (also his directorial debut). When the project was first mentioned it was said that the storyline would revolve around the fact that Blade goes missing for one reason or another; leaving the vampire population to grow and eventually take over. The film obviously didn't go that route since it was said to be "too dark", but it was clear to me that David Goyer tried to bring elements from the first and second film into this last installment. Was he successfull? In some aspects yes, in others, no.
There were times when I felt the intensity the first had, but there are other times when I just wanted to slap the hell out of Ryan Reynolds for making all the lame wisecracks. It's painfully obvious that he was the comedy relief in the film; and it's sad that despite gaining 20 lbs of muscle for his role as Hannibal King, he still somehow managed to maintain his usual Van Wilder-smart-ass persona that we see in most (if not all) his movies. Surprisingly Jessica Beil didn't have as much dialogue as Ryan, which left the audience to view her as somewhat of a strong-silent type. It was interesting to see Blade team up with a new, and young, group of vampire hunters and I'm happy to say that a lot of the blurry fast-paced CGI action scenes that were all over the second film weren't used much in this one.
So lets go over the story this time 'round -- basically another group of vampires (Parker Posey, and Triple H included) dig up the tomb of what's said to be the burial ground of the very first (and perfect) vampire, played by Dominic Purcell. Of course they manage to free him and hope that he can stop Blade and his fan club (the Nightstalkers). The second film had a lot of story and stuff going on, where-as this film tried to keep a more simplistic tone much like the first. Sadly, the story isn't the only thing simple, as the "first vamp" wasn't as powerful as one would think. He was, however, able to walk freely in the day. It was cool seeing Dominic Purcell playing the lead vamp since I'm a fan of his when he was starring in the short-lived FOX series John Doe. When I first heard word of WWE star Triple H having a role in the film as a vampire, I had had my doubts, but he actually wasn't all that bad. Sure his acting could have been a little better, but as a vampire he wasn't bad.
It's hard to say whether this is better than the second or at least equal-to. I enjoyed both movies, but they also had their ups and downs. At least in this film the feel of it tried to go back to its roots. There's a decent amount of blood, but not too much as far as gore goes. In the end the film manages to be another entertaining action-horror installment. I just wish the baddie in this movie was stronger.
If you're a fan of the Blade movies then you wont be disappointed. Expect more cool fights and some badass scenes. Be warned of the many wise-cracks Ryan Reynolds will be spewing through most of the film.
|Posted on August 25, 2009 - 12:49pm | FrighT MasteR|