Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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
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
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