Director: David Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson,
Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Biel
Released By: Warner Bros
Rating: NC-16 (Consumer Advice: Violence)
Date: 9 December 2004
(Courtesy from Warner Bros) :
Wesley Snipes is back in the third installment of New Line
Cinema's hugely successful BLADE franchise. The vampires have
declared war on Blade. They've framed him, turned the system
against him. Blade is a fugitive, caught between the vampire
and human worlds. To survive he's going to need a little help.
But all is not lost…Blade has an unexpected new protégé,
Hannibal King - once a vampire, now a passionate vampire hunter.
King has a whole arsenal of new weapons at his disposal as
well as his own network of safe houses. Together they battle
the ultimate vampire messiah - Dracula, back from the shadows
and stronger than ever. BLADE returns to the screen with all
the action, intensity, and attitude the franchise is famed
Once again, The Daywalker walks the cityscape in this vampire
hunter's movie series. Although the first two installments
were satisfying action flicks that combined caustic humor,
a fresh spin on vamp mythology and innovative FX which later
recycled in the likes of The Matrix and Underworld, all those
elements that were present in Blade: Trinity, couldn’t
help live up to the expectation of this disappointing sequel.
Though director David S. Goyer - who wrote all three films
- provides a passable fix of vamp action, Blade: Trinity failed
in his new approach.
Wesley Snipes' day-walking half-vamp hero is once again targeted
by the vampires who secretly rule our world. After Blade loses
both his hideout and his pal Whistler, he becomes entangled
in a scheme to resurrect Dracula.
All seems too familiar with the recycled plots and can’t
help but have this nagging feeling that this was a desperate
attempt to squeeze the franchise dry for all that its worth.
As much as I really wanted to welcome the introduction of
the new allies, The Nightstalkers, the characters seems oddly
placed in this gothic movie. In my opinion, everything seems
too rushed through without any development and left the audience
Blade himself, increasingly stoic over the course of the series,
is now stiff as plywood. Perhaps sensing the void at the heart
of the movie, Goyer supplies plenty of fresh blood. While
Jessica Biel lives up to her hottie status as Blade's new
ally, she doesn't get a character to go along with the wardrobe
and the gadgets. Nor does Ryan Reynolds' now-patented line
of lewd wisecracks add up and at times be a little too much.
At least the action has some zip, Goyer displaying some of
the ingenuity that Stephen Norrington and Guillermo Del Toro
brought to Blade: Trinity's predecessors. For all that is
worth, The Nightstalkers seems not a too bad of an idea to
make a spin off on their own. Otherwise, this franchise is
ready to get staked.