Blade II

2002

Blade II

Critics Consensus

Though Blade II offers more of what worked in the original, its plot and character development appear to have been left on the cutting room floor.

57%

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68%

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User Ratings: 450,652
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Movie Info

Four years after scoring a box-office touchdown with Blade (1998), actor Wesley Snipes returns to portray the Marvel Comics character again in this sequel that teams him with Mexican horror director Guillermo del Toro. 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." Blade 2 (2002) co-stars Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Donnie Yen, and Matt Schulze. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Kris Kristofferson
as Abraham Whistler
Ron Perlman
as Reinhardt
Thomas Kretschmann
as Elder Eli Damaskinos
Luke Goss
as Jared Nomak
Donnie Yen
as Snowman
Daz Crawford
as Lighthammer
Sanaa Lathan
as Vanessa Brooks (uncredited)
Pete Lee-Wilson
as Blood Bank Doctor/ Reaper
Paul Kasey
as Blood Bank Guard/Reaper
Andrea Miltner
as Blood Bank Nurse
Ladislav Beran
as Drug Dealer
Jiri Sieber
as Blood Bank Guard
Bridge Markland
as Vampire With Exposed Spine
Jan Revai
as Reaper
Mario Wild
as Reaper
Tomas Bohm
as Reaper
Jan Bursa
as Reaper
Karel Vavrovec
as St. Cloud
Milos Kulhavy
as Little G
Ivan Mares
as Tea Bag
Lennox Brown
as Man in London Porno Shop
Jan Malik
as Reaper
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Critic Reviews for Blade II

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (37)

  • There's no script to speak of, but del Toro devises every battle to wow even the most jaded martial-arts mavens; the dissolutions and implosions are beautiful.

    Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    Slate
    Top Critic
  • It is directed by Guillermo del Toro: by "directed" I simply mean he turned his camerawork over to the computer graphics surgeons who cut, slice, dice and vivisect the material to mount a gross eyeassault of CG sequences.

    Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Del Toro is a stylish horrormeister, and he has created an evocative, foreboding atmosphere. But only a fan of this kind of mayhem could find a way into the story. And only a critic, sworn to serve, could stick it out to the end.

    Jul 14, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • No one seems to be having much fun, with the possible exception of Kris Kristofferson, who is back as Blade's venerable human sidekick, Whistler. The film finds few variations on the themes of run, kick, chomp and gulp.

    Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The world can always use another entertainingly trashy B-movie, and Blade II fits the bill.

    Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Blade II is a better vampire movie than recent entries such as Queen of the Damned or Dracula 2000. That said, Wesley Snipes' return as slayer of the undead still is fairly anemic.

    Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blade II

  • Oct 14, 2018
    Guillermo del Toro gives the franchise exactly what it needed, a clearer sense of it's world and fantastic make-up effects will still delivering absurd violence and action.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    This sequel doesn't really live up to the first one at all. It is still entertaining enough, but I just didn't enjoy it as much. This one has Blade teaming up with vampires to hunt a new breed of vampire that is resistant to vampire weaknesses and also feeds on other vampires. Ron Perlman is great in this one as a bad attitude, wise cracking vampire that hates Blade.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    The second piece of this vampire hunter trilogy blurs the lines between Action, Super Hero and Horror, which personally I'm kinda liking. This time around, Blade (Wesley Snipes; New Jack City, Chaos), Abraham Whistler (Planet of the Ape, Provinces of Night) and new arrival Scud (Norman Reedus; The Boondock Saints, Pandorum) must team up with the Blood Pack, made up of Dieter Reinhardt (Ron Perlman; Hellboy, Outlander), Nyssa Damaskinos (Hell Ride, Wrong Turn at Tahoe), Chupa (Matt Schulze; The Transporter, The Fast and the Furious), Asad (Danny-John Jules; Red Dwarf, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), Snowman (Donnie Yen; IP Man, Highlander: Endgame), Verlaine (Marit Kile; Doctors, Blue Murder), Priest (Tony Curran; The Midnight Meat Train, Underworld: Evolution), and Lighthammer (Daz Crawford; Hammer of the Gods, Game Over) in order to defeat UberVamp Jared Nomak (personal favourite Luke Goss; Death Race 2, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Tekken) and his army of Reaper Strain Vampires. With me so far? No? Then go watch the damn movie! It's very fucking good. The opening is almost as strong as the original, and pretty much everything else about it is better. Not to mention the fact that I'm a total Luke Goss fanboy. All of the characters are so much better. They interact and everything. And even though Wesley Snipes has never really impressed me as an actor, the character of Blade was a little less cheesy, which always helps, and basically just better all 'round. SPOILERS FOR BLADE, BLADE II and TRINITY: An interesting point, without ruining anything about the trilogy is that in all three films, vampires fight vampires. Not in the whole "Blade's half a vampire so he kills full-on vampires" way, although there is most certainly that, but in Blade, Frost kills the Elder vampires to become La Magra. In Blade II, The Blood Pack and Blade team up to take down a new, much more dangerous breed of vampires. And in Trinity, Dracula goes around killing vampires, pretty much for fun. Just food for thought. I've never read the comics much myself, so I don't really know if that's something that's been going on for a while, or if it just turned out that way. There were a couple of lame bits. Some very stupid lines like "they took all of our weapons. Even your sword." Even your sword! Man, the single weapon for which you were named after that has killed more vampires than any other thing on the planet, and the vampires took it away from you? The audacity! And there's this whole thing where Whistler is alive again, they went most of the way to explaining it, and then sort of forgot. It would have been so simple to have a four second flashback cover the lot of it. Oh well. Still though, I'm very, very fond of this one. 77% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2013
    It's a significant improvement from the first installment of this Marvel comic. Blade II is more darker, yet stylish but still suffers from the lack of character presentation and consistent storytelling. Wesley Snipes, once again wields the sword with a sharper edge, but still one-sided. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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