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Blade: Trinity (2004)

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26

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 164
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 122

The latest Blade flick is getting a little long in the tooth; critics call it bloodless, dull, rusty, and an assortment of other puns.

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 31

The latest Blade flick is getting a little long in the tooth; critics call it bloodless, dull, rusty, and an assortment of other puns.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Wesley Snipes returns as legendary vampire hunter Blade in this, the third film inspired by the popular Marvel Comics character. A fearless warrior immune to vampires, Blade (Snipes) has become a hated enemy of the bloodsucking community, and as they gather in their desert compound, a group of vampires is plotting to eliminate Blade once and for all by turning the mortal community against him. The vampires have concocted a misinformation campaign that paints a picture of Blade as a ruthless

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Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

David S. Goyer

Apr 26, 2005

$52.4M

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The only one who seems to be having much fun, though, is Parker Posey, camping it up as one of the vampires.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This has all the appeal of reheated, congealed blood.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Blade: Trinity does nothing more ambitious than continue a sputtering franchise.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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I hope this is the end, that it's three and out for the Blade franchise.

December 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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If ever there was a case for quitting while you're behind, this Blade is it -- ready to be buried in a vat of garlic.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Diverting but dumb and more goth than gothic, Blade: Trinity builds up to a less-than-epochal smackdown.

December 9, 2004
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A trainwreck set to a booming soundtrack, turning vampire hunting into a screen chore while it almost intentionally torches the macabre groundwork laid down by the first two features.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

For series fans only. Definitely NOT for kids!

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

The weakest of the trilogy.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

A great closer to a great franchise...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

To me Blade Trinity deftly dances at the edge of "So bad it's good" territory, staying just on the side of being good.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CHUD

a move that reeks of market manipulation, a couple of young sidekicks are introduced in a lame attempt to stire the usual formual into something new.

October 21, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

The surface, the film is stylish without losing its focus, and the gadgets, the settings and the characters all jump to life (as it were) in the cool domain of the extreme scenario.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

An action-packed mess from its lackluster, two-pronged opening segments to its final showdown.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Not as grand as the first two, but still entertaining

May 19, 2008

Goyer's film is an entertaining though a hit and miss addition to the franchise.

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Are the white movie geeks who make these sci-fi/horror flicks reassuring the white audience by robbing powerful black men of any personality?

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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The film adds nothing much that's new to the annals of creative killing in movies. Just run of the mill mass carnage dressed up to project sexiness and swagger.

March 30, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

Chances are that Goyer's cack-handed direction has killed a franchise he helped birth.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Out with the old and in with the new.

January 10, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
Oz
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Snipes reprises the lead role and is even stiffer and more robotic that he was in the earlier films.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

We're treated to re-heated leftovers and scraps which offer fleeting moments of sustenance.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

A pale shadow to the much superior first two films.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Audience Reviews for Blade: Trinity

bogus tired crap
June 10, 2007
brooklynspo

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A downgrade to the previous two films, Blade: Trinity trades the bloody good action to simplified and gore-ridden entertainment. Still suffering from poor storytelling and even more, the dullness of action sequences, the film is a sore tooth just yearning to be yanked out. 2.5/5
July 27, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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This is the third and final film in the saga concerning the half-human half-vampire (daywalker) vampire hunter Blade. This time around series writer David S.Goyer decided to both write and direct...and the result is really as awful as everyone said it was.

After getting set up and put on the bad side of the FBI Blade joins forces with some younger and inexperienced (though not totally rookie) vampire hunters who call themselves the Nightstalkers. They are lead by the obnoxious motormouth Hannibal Kane and Abigail Whistler, the daughter of Blade's mentor and only real friend. Together, they fight a a gang of vamps who have resurrected Dracula in a quest to dominate mankind once and for all.

The film has a lot of story going on, and, while some of it is cool, the way it's all thrown together and executed is quite poor. The film, simply put, is a mess. All this stuff gets thrown in, yet none of it ever gets satisfactorily fleshed out and developed. Also, the ending is just a real boring letdown.

The film did experience a really troubled production, and lots of people are to blame, but the two who probably deserve it most are Goyer who just totally blew his wad to do something epic, and Snipes who was apparently really difficult ot work with, quite angry with the direction Goyer was taking things, and quite hostile to his costars. It shows too, because ihis performance is one of the most blatantly phoned in and lifeless I've seen in a while. The same can be said for Kristofferson,too.

All the newcomer, which include notable names like Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Dominic Purcell, Parker Posey, Triple H, Natasha lyonne, and Patton Oswalt all seem to be at least trying, but even then, none of them are really able to save things. The film overall is really immature, obnoxious, and stupid, and its obvious this was being aimed at a far younger demographic than the other films were.

I don't mind humor, but the way it's done here is just lame and unpleasant. It's taken way too far, and Reynolds is annoying to the max. Admittedly he does have a few lines that are quite funny, but mostly I just wanted him to shut up. Also, there's some other ridiculous stuff here too, like a reference to a vampire themed vibrator(which is briefly focused on), and the fact that there's a vampire pomeranian. Okay...so the dog is sorta amusing, but still...pretty dumb. I do think that Biel was actually a decent fit though, and I'm not really a fan of her as an actress to begin with.

Despite the plot being a mess, there's plenty of action. Oddly enough though, the film seems rather tame where blood and gore is concerned. I mean, there's some, but it really came off like the studio was really strict about the content, and that's a shame, since it really lessens the impact of the experience.

Here's the thing: the movie sucks..big time, but it does have its moments. It's not really boring, but you don't care either. It is occasionally amusing and entertaining, but remains a major disappointment. What makes this last bit sting even more is that, while some people aren't trying, others are, so it's a real mixed bag. It'd be a lot better if the apathy and screwing up was uniform across the board.

Even if you're a completist, I'd recommend skipping this one. If you must insist on watching it, at least take precautions like getting really drunk beforehand or something.
November 3, 2012
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Chris Weber

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