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Blade (1998)

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55

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 38

Though some may find the plot a bit lacking, Blade's action is fierce, plentiful, and appropriately stylish for a comic book adaptation.

29

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 17

Though some may find the plot a bit lacking, Blade's action is fierce, plentiful, and appropriately stylish for a comic book adaptation.

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British director Stephen Norrington helmed this David S. Goyer adaptation of the Marvel Comics character created in 1973 by scripter Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. In the Tomb of Dracula comic book origin, just before Blade's mother gave birth to Blade, she was bitten by a vampire, which made Blade immune to vampires. Now a vampire hunter, Blade, joined by vampire detective Hannibal King and Dracula-descendent Frank Drake, stalks vampires. In the 1990s (in Marvel's Nightstalkers), Blade

Dec 22, 1998

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Hopelessly dated before its release.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Though slick and diverting in some aspects, increasingly silly pic has trouble meshing disparate elements -- horror, superhero fantasy, straight-up action -- into a workable whole.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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An attempt to redefine cutting edge horror, this techno-vampire pic is spoiled by the same weak storytelling and flashy, computer game visuals.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There are lots of stunts, chase sequences and so much computer morphing that the effects house must have been offering it at discount.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Lots of exploding heads and oceans of blood, moves fast and with no discernible meaning but looks good.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Eventually, Blade loses its edge.

January 1, 2000 | Comment (1)
Boston Globe
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Wesley Snipes has the chops to play Blade, and turns the character in to a vampire hunting John Shaft.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Boring vampire blood bath isn't for kids.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Allows Wesley Snipes to show off his athletic prowess, but the storytelling leaves quite a bit to be desired.

November 24, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Achieves just the right combination of lore and fetishized action movie.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

great fun

May 19, 2008

Ideal summer fare: quite enjoyable, and equally disposable.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A reasonably diverting videogame of a movie but not successful entertainment.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

You end up with a fast-paced, sci-fi, action hero, monster movie that screams, the makers hope, for a franchise.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

[It's] dopey and lifeless.

December 14, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

[An] enjoyable movie experience.

May 28, 2004 Full Review
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Embora as cenas de luta sejam intensas e o roteiro seja hábil ao trazer a história de Blade para as telas, os fracos efeitos especiais e a trama envolvendo o "deus sangue" comprometem um pouco o filme. Felizmente, a continuação se revelou bem melhor.

July 18, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Guesomely dark and just plain unappealing.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Dark and edgy comic book characters, punctuated by a hypnotic techno soundtrack and jaw-dropping action. Snipes was born to play the role. Dorff delivers a fantastic villain.

March 21, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

The acting is overblown, the special effects are impressive, and the violence is loud and often. Just like in a comic strip.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Within the confines of its genre, it's a cut above the usual.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Oh man! This is so the best comic book adaptation ever!

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
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Audience Reviews for Blade

A fun little comic book movie that is obviously a little dated today, but still a fun watch. Wesley Snipes makes a great Blade and makes him a pretty cool character. The mythology and backstories are the interesting part of the plot because the main storyline is pretty generic, but pushes the movie along at a decent pace. The special effects are the most dated aspects of the film, but they are also part of the goofy charm that is exuded throughout the film. Blade is very stylish and certainly paved the way for many future comic book adaptations and action movies. It's worth a watch for action aficionado's or anyone with an interest in early comic book adaptations, but everyone else might not get much out of it. I am firmly in the former.
January 27, 2014
jlewis07

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The script can be labeled as bland, but Blade is true to its comic-book origins and stylish. The film, with the help of Wesley Snipes, is bloody, action-packed and has no hesitation in delivery and impact. 4/5
July 27, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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June 13, 2013
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Blade for me changed the style of the vampire film...and not in a good way. I just can't grasp the idea behind this film. I like action horror flicks, but there was something with Blade that just didn't click with me. I thought that Wesley Snipes was terrible here, and that that he wasn't right for the part. The film could have been better if they hired a different lead, and reworked the script. Unfortunately this is a film that just doesn't deliver, not for me anyways. I felt that the film lacked anything interesting to really make a fun viewing experience. The action was repetitive and boring. Director Stephen Norrington tried to deliver a different style of vampire, and for that I do applaud his effort at trying to do something refreshing with the genre, but the end result isn't impressive. Overall Blade was a bad film with no redeeming factors. The film is a dud, and I don't see why the film has gotten the praise it has received; this film film simply does not work. I'm more a fan of the traditional vampire films, I enjoyed the first Underworld film, as it kept the vampire overtones almost intact, but with Blade; I just don't like the half man, half vampire angle of the character. Also with the fact that the plot didn't do anything to entertain me. I thought the cast was poorly chosen, and the didn't deliver anything great on-screen. Blade is a mediocre to bad film that never succeed at being memorable. Blade is a waste of time, and as an action horror film, it doesn't succeed. The filmmakers went for style instead of content, and that clearly shows on-screen, as the plot suffers big time and this is a straight forward effects driven film.
January 16, 2012
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    1. Whistler: Christ! I'm too old for this! Somebody get me a goddamn wheelchair!
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    1. Deacon Frost: Nice catch!
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    1. Deacon Frost: Your serum?
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    1. Blade: When you understand the nature of a thing...you know what it's capable of.
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    1. Blade: [to Frost] I promise you, you'll be dead by dawn.
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    1. Blade: Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice-skate uphill.
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