Blade 2 Movie Review
The Marvel comic book returns to the big screen in Blade II, this time with the hero teaming up with his enemies, vampires, to defeat an even deadlier foe. If the new villains are a part of the comics I do not know, but what I do know is that Blade II is the average sequel in every respect - faster, cheesier, and dumber, but not necessarily boring to watch.
Wesley Snipes returns to the only "franchise" that makes him any money these days, fitting back into his role as though he never left it. He's your typical action hero, a super-fast, super-strong, super-brave, and completely fearless fighting machine. Oh, and he wears cool sunglasses. He's fun to watch as he kicks butt from beginning to end, but even Blade is a little lacking. The first movie wasn't known for its character depth, but Blade II treats its hero as though the original movie and comic book were so widespread that everyone knows his back story. He is no Batman or Superman. More care should have been taken into building a strong character out of Blade. Of course, more care should have been applied to the rest of the movie...
The movie has tons of fighting; there are so many action scenes it is hard to be bored. If you just want mindless action, then Blade II is your film, because you're not going to get much else. While I did like most of the action, I also scoffed at some of the more technical aspects of the fighting. Snipes is a great fighter, yet for some reason a good portion of the action if zapped into high speed, or worse, computerized. There are many times when the characters do things that normal humans can't do, and instead of doing the logical and more realistic filming techniques like using ropes and so forth, everything is computerized. And it does not look real. I repeat, it does not look real. The animation is way too fluid for humans, or vampires.
The original Blade was pretty fun to watch, but I don't know if it warranted a sequel. Nevertheless, there is one now, and like most sequels, the only thing different from the original is that it is a lot flashier, and the bad guys are even deadlier (do we really need something worse than vampires?). These new creatures are pretty creepy, but I think a better story could have been created with just vampires. Sequels don't always have to be "bigger and better" than their predecessors; just write a good script. Blade II, unfortunately, has nothing of the king.
Despite all of my complaining, Blade II was pretty entertaining. I never was bored and there were a lot of tense scenes. The action is nearly non-stop, and, except for the obvious rip-offs of WWF moves (since when do professional wrestling moves beat out real kung fu?), pretty fun to watch. The movie could have been a lot better, but it could have been a lot, lot worse.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.