Yet another comic book hits the big screens and surprisingly Blade has a bit of a bite, even if a dull one.
Wesley Snipes is the title character, a half-human, half-vampire that has all of the vampire's powers and none of their weaknesses, except for that his power comes from human blood. But with regular injections, he is the vampire world's worst enemy, as he has vowed to end their existence. On the other side of the spectrum is Stephen Dorff, a vampire who wants to rule the world and put humans into slavery (sort of).
The acting is decent enough, considering what type of movie this is. Snipes fits his character perfectly, and so does Dorff. What damages their reputations just a little bit is an overdose of one-liners, but at the same time the movie prides itself in that. A lot of the one-liners are pretty funny, if not a little bit cheesy.
In terms of action, Blade has a lot of it. There is a lot more than how I remembered it from a couple of years ago, when I saw it in theaters (I was not overly thrilled by this film). There is a lot of sword fights, kung gu, and tons of gore. Whether using stakes or whatever, Blade disposes of the vampires in a variety of fashions, all guaranteeing a 'pretty' death. The excellent computer graphics really help the action scenes, as the deaths of the vampires look incredibly cool.
I am not overly crazy about some of the fast camera work, especially when Blade is riding around in his car. The filming is in double speed so everything looks like something from that boat chase in Thunderball. Oh well.
The one thing I really hate is the way that the main bad guy and a couple other vampires perish. Blade injects them with a serum and the vampires puff up like a big, red marshmallow, and then explode. It looks incredibly cheesy, incredibly fake, and incredibly stupid.
The plot is decent enough for a comic book movie, and lucky Blade is treated seriously enough to be taken seriously. So many comic book movies (like Steel, for example) don't take themselves seriously, and end up sucking the big one. Blade is a little different.
Blade is better than I remember it, but it still has a little ways to go before becoming a really good movie. If you want a mindless action movie and your thirst for blood outweighs your lust for a good movie, than take a bite out of Blade.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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