Blade (1998)

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You give Frost a message from me. You tell him it’s open season on all suckheads.

— Blade

Blade was probably the first movie that I ever seen with a Black man as the hero—more of an anti-hero. Having seen the entire trilogy, it follows the same progression. Everybody enjoys the first movie, loves the second movie and wishes that the third doesn’t exist. This movie is a decade old and it is showing its long in the tooth.

Based on Marvel comic book series, the tale of the half-human/half-vampire begins with a mysterious woman, Racquel (Traci Lords) leads a date into an underground club where he discovers that it is filled with vampires

Blade (Wesley Snipes) shows up the place to lay waste to the vamps that are in there. He runs into an old lackey, Quinn (Donal Logue) that he tortures by pinning him up and setting him on fire.

Quinn’s body is brought to the hospital where hematologist, Karen Henson (N’Bushe Wright) is performing an autopsy on the charred remains with Curtis (Tim Guinee). What they don’t know that vampires could regenerate themselves. Quinn comes back to un-life to bite Curtis dead and Karen.

Blade comes to the rescue again to save Karen as Quinn gets away. He brings her back to his abandoned warehouse to his handler, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). Whistler examines her to determine that she doesn’t have very long before she turns. He tries to slow down the progressions, but they need a remedy.

The underground club owner, Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) is the thorn on the side of Dragonetti (Udo Kier) who is the leader of the vampire brood that thinks he shouldn’t be a part of the group because is not a pure vampire.

Whistler urges Karen to end herself before she turns. They let her go on her way. Back at her apartment, Officer Krieger (Kevin Patrick Walls), a familiar aka a human wannabe vampire that is an errand boy to Frost tries to kill her. Blade saves her again.

Their steps led to the underground vampire archives where Deacon wants to translate ancient text to fulfill a prophecy to sacrifice the spirit of twelve to awaken the Blood God, La Magra. The after effects would lead to a vampire apocalypse.

I still had a good time with this film. The side gags are still good. The action is solid, but over time, the film has not aged well. The CG is wonky. The acting from some of the supporting, especially from Arly Jover who plays Frost’s moll, Mercury is not good.

Judgment: A campy good time with a kick ass action anti-hero.

Rating: ***1/2

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Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on October 30, 2009, in 1998, Action, Creep-A-Thon, Horror, Running Feature, Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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