Blade (1998)





Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Sanaa Lathan, Arly Jover, Kevin Patrick Walls, Tim Guinee, Traci Lords, Eric Edwards 


In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade (Wesley Snipes), half-vampire, half-mortal, has a goal: protecting the human race, while slaying evil vampires. 


*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Aaron, some guy on IMDb, wrote, as I quote him, "I liked this one even more than "X-Men". In fact, this movie is sort of a cross between "X-Men" and "The Matrix" and it came out before either.". I do really love "X-Men" and "The Matrix", and just because this one was released before, I can't swallow the fact that somebody even thinks it's ok to compare those films.

But let's move on straight to the review! Blade is a dull, dragged, lifeless comic book adaptation, with lots of useless blood, that doesn't engage the audience at all, and instead of rooting for somebody, you only want this torture to end. But I get why tons of people gave this film a 10 out of 10. After all, it has lots of exploding heads and bodies, oceans of blood and lot of unrealistic fighting.

Mostly everything in this film is bad, and doesn't make sense. Blade is portrayed as the unbeatable vampire that can beat the Blood God in just a few minutes. For God's sake, after a two-hour-never-ending-screening don't we deserve something more? Why do the bad guys always attack Blade one at a time? They even wait for their turn, isn't that ridiculous? I guess I've missed something because the council members were supposed to be essential in the process, but after Frost's girlfriend kills one of them, at my very surprise, the ritual goes through. And how about Blade killing his mother with a bone? I'm sure I've missed something else, because I don't remember somebody saying vampires can be killed with bones. And at last, but not least, Karen. After Blade drank her blood - no small amount, considering how much he sucked it from her neck - she can walk like nothing happened, and she even attempts a fight with Frost's girlfriend, which, by the way, looks like a meth head. 

Wesley Snipes does exactly the same things he did in "The Demolition Man". He fights - luckily for him, Sylvester Stallone isn't his opponent this time -, and has the opportunity to show off another awful haircut. Also, he probably is at his worst in this film. He looks like he doesn't care about the film, and he moves like a robot. At least, Stephen Dorff is pretty good as Frost.

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