Guillermo del Toro takes over the reins on this sequel to the successful Blade, and, picking up right where that one left off, delivers a very strong film that not only does what a good sequel should, but manages to become a better and stronger film as well.
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.