Blade II Reviews
After tracking down the absent Whistler, Blade and his new weaponsmith Scud are approached by a group of vampires who need the help of the Daywalker and his assistants to combat a new type of creature who is a threat to both humans and vampires- the Reaper, a type of vampire who is afflicted by a virus which causes themto be stronger, more deadly, have the need to feed more frequently, have the desire to prey on both humans and vampires, and can only really be taken down by the sun.
It's a great concept, and I like that this film adds to the mythology and world building set up by the first. Nioce conflicts are built up as an uneasy truce is formed, and, probably best fo all, the action is plentiful, well done, and the effects and makeup are top notch.
Del Toro is an inspired choice as a director for this sort of thing, and his style works nicely here, especially with the creepy and freakish Reapers. The pace is nice, with room for both action and development, and the cast is awesome. Snipes once again delivers in what has become his signature role (at least for many people). Kristofferson is also good once again as Whistler, but it's the supporting cast who really stand out here, including previous del Toro collaborators Norman Reedus and Ron Perlman (hell, it's odd when this guy ISN'T in a del Toro film). I also liked seeing Matt Schulze and Leonor Varela in action.
The film has lots of gore and gross moments, but they serve the story, and are handled in a cool and stylish manner. These sort of thigns aren't too big an issue for me in general, but they might be for some people, hence my mentioning them. If you handled the first film, you can handle this. If you can handle some of the oter films del Toro has done, you should kinda know what to expect in terms of creatures and what not.
Filled with tons of action, a great story, and a few doses of humor here and there, this is an awesome and very satisfying film. I really liked Blade. I love Blade II.
The movie is essentially a platform for Snipes to have fun with his most renowned character. And he does so with very entertaining results. The movie has reasonably well rounded characters, suspicion piled on top of everyone, some amazing set pieces and a good sense of humour. The impact of all the blood and guts is reduced by the obvious fantasy of the fights (wires and SFX a lot of the time), but its still pretty powerful.
The lead performances are all very good, although some of the peripheral characters are a little too hammer horror. Luke Goss demonstrates great potential, although you would need to see him without the make up, body doubles, and special effects to really judge. and there is occasionally that urge to shout "when will I be famous." and the pure blood female vampire who takes a shine to blade is well worth being bitten by.
Overall it feels less like a sequel and more like a stand alone movie. with this in mind, I think its in fact better than the original (a rare example of the exception that proves the rule).
The sequel continues straight from where everything was left. Blade is searching for his mentor, Whistler, and finally finds him after some years. When he gets back home, he receives a suprising offer from the vampire Overlord to form an alliance to hunt down Nomak, a vampire who seems to be the next step in vampire evolution...
"Blade 2" is everything that a comic based movie should be. It's entertaining and fun to watch. Guillermo Del Toro, who is one of the most talented directors of today, has given us a darker "Blade" movie, with more gruesome vampires without forgetting the humor.
The fight scenes are once again top notch, with long lasting and nicely choreographed battles. The special effects support the fighting in a good way, giving the viewers one hell of a ride.
The actors do a good job, it's especially nice to watch Wesley Snipes' and Ron Perlman's mouthing at each other. A good bunch of actors who do their parts nicely. There's even a little love story in here but it woun't take the focus away from the action...
"Blade 2" is a very good sequel and in my opinion one of the best comic book based movies. It's not as good as the more popular "Spiderman", "Batman" or "X-Men" sequels, but it deserves its place among the better comic genre movies.
"You've been training for two years to take me out, and now, here I am. Whew!
So exciting, isn't it?"
A half-vampire, half-human hybrid, Blade (Snipes) is a merciless vampire hunter bent on destroying the bloodsuckers that feed on humanity. The keys to Blade's success are a serum that allows him to resist the urge for blood and an array of inventive, deadly weapons, both of which were once supplied by his mentor, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). Since Whistler's death, Blade has relocated to Prague and recruited the pot-smoking slacker Scud (Norman Reedus) to take the place of his father figure, but then he discovers that Whistler's not dead after all: He's been infected with the vampire virus. Reunited with Whistler, Blade is dealt an even bigger surprise: His greatest enemy, vampire leader Damaskinos (Thomas Kretschmann), wants to make peace with him. It seems that the vampires are facing a greater threat than Blade and hope to persuade him to fight the Reapers, a mutated super-race of vampires on a rampage of murder, indiscriminately killing both humans and their fellow bloodsuckers while sucking their victims dry. Blade agrees to a truce and joins the Bloodpack, an elite squad of commandos originally formed to fight Blade himself. Soon, the vampire soldiers discover that the virus responsible for creating their enemies is spreading rapidly and can be traced back to a mysterious "Patient Zero."
Del Toro's Blade II has all the fixings for a terrific bloody vampire cocktail. Wesley Snipes returns in his comic book dark hero mode as Blade once again. Blade II picks up pretty much right after the first film's last point and introduces new and creepy vampire foes to the mix. Blade II keeps the action going full blast and the introduction of the Blood Pack adds a new level of character development to the story and a new element for Blade's character to contend with. The story is not the best and some of the plot twists are little contrived but this is not Shakespeare either, just a comic book translation to film. The special make-up effects are wonderful adding a sinster edge to the Reapers that clearly outclasses anything in the first film. The CGI effects are not nearly as overdone as the first film either which is nice. Del Toro's direction is solid for the film that he is making here. Blade II is a much more darker and fun film with a gruesome punch that should please both the horror and action film crowds.