Blade

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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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A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother's death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day technologically advanced vampires he is going after are in search of his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race.

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  • Jul 27, 2020
    One of those classic comic book films that I took way too long to see, Blade is just simply awesome. I don't know how objectively great it is, but I had so much fun watching it and was smiling through a lot. It's got a lot of goofy late-90s cheese in its style, but it's exactly the type of cheese I love. Blade himself is a fun character, and I really liked the way Wesley Snipes portrayed him. Sometimes he's seemingly a guy without reaction or emotion, but how I viewed it is more a guy who's aggressively in control of his emotions. You still see some lingering emotion, just hiding, and there is some character to that. The villain played by Stephen Dorff is also fantastic, one of those psychotic villains that's just entertaining as hell to watch. The plot, well, the plot is a bit goofy. Something about raising a vampire god and the vampire who bit Blade's mom. It's all a bit silly, and some of the logic really doesn't make sense in how this guy got enough power and henchman to pull off his plan in overtaking the main vampire council. But you still go along with it because the results are so much fun. Blade just oozes cool. It's dated in the best way and a lot of fun to watch.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2018
    It's probably always going to be the dumb fun genre piece the filmmakers were aiming for and I think that's entirely due to the pure simplicity of the central character.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    This is the film that slowly got the ball rolling for what has become an explosion of comic book adaptation films. Most people that complain about how there's not enough black comic book characters don't seem to realize that this film was so popular. This also really jump started David Goyer's career too. This was a great film. Great action and Wesley Snipes really sells himself as Blade. Great martial arts and acting all around. Stephen Dorff as Deacon Frost is great as well. I'm still waiting for a spin off where Blade goes and hunts down all of the Twilight vampires.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    First released in 1998, Blade brought commercial success back to Super Hero films, after the woeful distribution of films like Batman & Robin and Steel stopped the genre in its tracks. Starring Wesley Snipes (New Jack City, Chaos) as the eponymous Half-Vampire/Half-Human hybrid come Super Hero/Vampire Hunter, Blade works with Dr. Karen Jensen and Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson: Planet of the Apes, Provinces of Night) in order to defeat vampires Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff; Public Enemies, Felon) and Quinn (Donal Logue; Zodiac, Ghost Rider) and their host of undead soldiers before they can kill Gitano Dragonetti (Udo Kier; Rob Zombie's Halloween, Johnny Mnemonic) and the other vampire Elders in a ritual that will transform Deacon Frost into La Magra, the vampire Blood God. With me so far? No? That figures. The script's interesting, but it's not terribly sense-making. What I mean to say, is, the script's rubbish, but the *story* is great. The whole film is really rather story and effects driven, but the characters are pretty lacking. Quinn is sort of fun, and Deacon's well he's attractive, but not a lot else. Still, there's more to him than most of the characters, including the titular Blade. Straight up, just putting out there, I think goth-culture is attractive, so, my aesthetics may go quite a way to influencing my decision in the final score, if you disagree with me, you might want to keep that in mind, seeing as most vampires have at least a little bit of that going on. All that aside though, the opening of Blade is one of the strongest ways a film can start off that I've ever seen. It has basically everything you could want for a modern vampire tale. Including the Blood Rave song, Confusion (Pump Panel Remix) by New Order. The cinematography was another cool point, lots of ins and outs in a non-nauseating way. Although the fight choreography suffered from a serious case of "Only-One-Guy-Attacks-At- A-Time" Syndrome. Come on guys, this ain't Tekken. When there's an army to fight, fight an army. Maybe not all at once, I know that could get a tad pointless, but it really didn't transfer well in this film. To end with, there's on plot-hole I'd like to bring up, I don't think I'll be spoiling anything too badly, but if you want to go in completely fresh, stop reading. There's one point when Frost says he needs to kill the 12 Elder vamps in a big underground ritual in order to complete his ascendancy into the Blood God (Khorne?), but he kills the leader earlier, on a beach. Okay, so maybe he wasn't counted, and he was actually number 13. But, Frost's lady-friend Mercury kills another with Blade's sword, before the ritual gets started, and nobody seems to care... I am dubious- faced. After all that though, Blade's a vampire film that's not slow like Nosferatu, and not indescribably awful like Twilight, so for people with tastes like mine, it's certainly worth a geez. 66% -Gimly
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