Blade: Trinity Movie Review
Wesley Snipes stars in what is presumably the last movie of his career... er, I mean the last movie in the "Blade" series. "Blade Trinity" seems to wrap everything up in a nice red bow, and does so in an entertaining fashion.
As in the last two movies, Snipes stars as the title character, a half-man, half-vampire hybrid who hunts vampires day in and day out. Though the vampires have spread more throughout the world, they are frustrated because they haven't been able to catch their nemesis... so, they pitch a PR campaign and pit the FBI against Blade as well. In addition, the vampires have resurrected the original vampire - Dracula - to assist them in conquering the world. To help Blade and draw even more guys to the movie theaters, Jessica Biel has been cast as another vampire hunter, along with funny man Ryan Reynolds.
"Blade Trinity" features lots of action, some good jokes and Jessica Biel in the shower, which is about as much as one can expect from the third film in the series. If this movie proves to be the final "Blade" film, and, judging by its box office performance it probably will be, then I'll give writer/director David S. Goyer (who also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming "Batman Begins") for coming up with a suitable plot. I liked how the vampires used the humans against Blade, though it would have been nice to see more complicated scenarios involving the FBI later on. After Blade fights the cops, gets captured and then escapes again, the FBI never shows up again until the very, very end. I also think it was neat to bring back the original vampire, although a little more work could have been used to establish his background. The vampires find Dracula in some elaborate temple in the Iraqi desert (or was it Syria?) - wouldn't someone else have found him by now? Anyone? Furthermore, the screenplay completely disregards the fact that there really was a Count Dracula, and he definitely wasn't this guy. Dominic Purcell plays "the perfect vampire," though why he is named Drake instead of Dracula and why he is able to speak perfect, American English after being kept in a tomb for thousands of years make little sense. Also, why does he run away the first time he meets Blade?
The one thing that really hurts the film is the dialogue, which makes me a little worried about "Batman Begins." Snipes' one-liners get old really quickly and most of the characters are pretty flat. The most notable problems lie in the character played by Ryan Reynolds; every single line he says is meant to be funny, but most just aren't. However, strangely enough, once he is captured near the end of the movie, he suddenly gets really funny and just about everything he says strikes a chord. It's as if someone else came in to write the dialogue in the last twenty minutes.
Ultimately, "Blade Trinity" is a lot of fun. It is fast-paced, dark and even has a few suspenseful moments. Drake, "the perfect vampire," doesn't seem to be nearly as powerful as the villains in the last two movies, but still makes for an entertaining character. The movie won't win any awards, but for a bloody good time, "Blade Trinity" is a December treat.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.