Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Blade: Trinity


Writer/Dir: David S. Goyer (The Unborn)
Source Material: based on the Marvel Comics character Blade (source)
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Biel, Parker Posey, Dominic Purcell, Callum Keith Rennie, John Michael Higgins, Triple H, Kris Kristofferson
USA, 2004

Seen: Originally on DVD, revisited on DVD November 18, 2009

Reason to Review: Vampathon: Vampire Film Marathon *

After being disappointed with Blade II I didn't have any desire to see Blade: Trinity theatrically, so I watched in on DVD and even then only after a strong recommendation. Wow. I was floored! Everything I didn't like about Blade II was gone and they added back all the good stuff including great humour, a fantastic cast and an interesting story. What more could you ask for?

The dialogue is fantastic, especially with Ryan Reynolds delivery as the character Hannibal King. In the previous Blade films Wesley Snipes usually gets all the punchlines but here he shares that playground not only with Ryan Reynolds but also Parker Posey who is killer as the ambitious and over the top vampire Danica Talos. I want to say that it's highly quotable, but considering how colourful and creative the language I'm not sure it would fly in just any company.

In terms of being a vampire film, it returns to the spirit of the original Blade with an intricate world of vampire culture and vampire hunter culture. We also get a great new set of gadgetry, development and ideas that breathe new life into the series but also threads back historically in the vampires through the ages.

Blade: Trinity, like Blade II has a huge divide between those who love it and those who don't. I've never really understood what is not to like. The action is better, the humour is fantastic, it's clever and moves the world forward. We are also introduces to a whole slew of fantastic new characters like Hannibal King and Danica Talos as previously mentioned. One of the huge stand outs of the film though is character of Abigail, a fantastic kick ass vampire hunter but what makes it even more awesome is that the performance by Jessica Biel is so strong, believable and on par with her male counterparts. Beautiful to see, and I wish we would see this much more because this is proof that it can be done.

Shannon's Overall View:
I love it
I own it
I'd recommend it as fans of vampire & action films

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© Shannon Ridler, 2009

* Vampathon is a 16 week marathon explore vampire films from Nosferatu (1922) up to the upcoming release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon


Univarn said...

For Blade 3 I liked the characters, but the acting felt so forced for me I never bought into them emotionally or visually. What made Blade 2 work for me was that sense of fluid cool, no over the top speeches, stupid monikers or random moments of forced acting, it just wanted to be dark and gritty. I never got the feeling Blade 3 was aware of what it wanted to be. I felt like it was more of a inside joke comedy routine than a vampire film.

Then again I prefer my vampire films dark and gritty with the classic sexual coming of age subtext.

As an overall series though the Blade films together would hardly muster up much cheer for me. Even though I really like Blade 2, it'd be hard pressed to get above a 6.75 out of 10.

Paul said...

I'm a huge comic book fan, so the first Blade film is big for me as one of the first REALLY GOOD comic book films. I liked the second one even more because they upped the stylized aspects of the series, and upped the action.

This third one seemed to return to the style of the first film, but on a lower budget, and took away from Blade, who should always have been the main focus of all three films.

Also, there's some REALLY bad scenes, including the sped up Triple H chasing after a car.

I still see all three as comic book films rather than Vampire films... what's interesting is that Ryan Reynolds plays his first comic book character in this film, plays his second in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and will be playing his third in Green Lantern.

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