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Blade: Trinity
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by Scott Weinberg

"It's not a great movie (or even a great sequel), but it sure isn't dull."
3 stars

This third installment in the "Blade" series uses the Play-It-Safe approach, a mindset that was pleasantly absent from Guillermo Del Toro's "Blade 2." It was a Part 2 that screamed of a filmmaker trying something new while still maintaining what made Stephen Norrington's "Blade" such an underground smash. And now comes the inevitable third entry, which is fairly rote, more than a little predictable, and ends up feeling like a hollow echo of its predecessors. On the other hand, the action is plentiful, the vampires are bloodthirsty, and there are plenty of wild performances to feast your eyes upon.

Screenwriter David Goyer is extremely gifted at bringing comic book characters to cinematic life. His screenplays for Blade and Blade 2 were laden with ultra-violent slickness and dry humor delivered at a brisk clip. Goyer's also been behind sci-fi flicks both underrated (The Puppet Masters) and drop-dead brilliant (Dark City) he's currently at work on next summer's maniacally-anticipated Batman Begins. So clearly this a guy who wanders through stacks of Isaac Asimov and Stan Lee before settling down to bang out a screenplay. He's a solid genre screenwriter.

So after making truckloads of money for New Line, the studio rewarded Mr. Goyer by offering him the director's chair on Blade: Trinity...but only after Guillermo Del Toro said "no thanks" to the gig. After seeing Goyer's directorial debut (the drug drama Zig Zag, which stars Blade (Wesley Snipes) himself) and his sophomore effort Blade: Trinity, my only advice, from a fan to a filmmaker, is this: Dave, stick to the screenwriting.

Blade: Trinity feels like not much more than an all-new collection of...excerpted highlights from Blades 1 and 2 - only brought to life with a lot less creativity and visual flair. But hey, sometimes those highlight reels can still prove pretty entertaining.

The plot sees....well, what's the point, really? It's Blade vs. an army of undead bloodsucker beasties. (You were expecting Ordinary People?) And since Mr. Goyer obviously does not want to rock the franchise boat, Blade: Trinity never once deviates from the established formula. In lieu of a new plot concept or anything that might rile the Blade-faithful, Goyer just deposits a bunch of "colorful" side characters into the equation. One could complain that the numerous action sequences in Blade: Trinity are too strobe-heavy and decibel-reliant, but I found them pretty invigorating for the most part. Then again, after quick-cut action castratos like Van Helsing and Riddick, perhaps I'm just grateful for an action scene laden with actual money shots. (Most, PG-13, action, sequences, feel, like, this, sentence.)

It's not really all that interesting to note that "Dracula has been reawakened from a thousand years of slumber in Iraq" or that "a modern coven of vampires needs some ancient vamp DNA to spread a virus that will blah blah..." Blade: Trinity is interested in only two things: action scenes and hot young actors. The moments of mayhem are as frequent as they are generally incomprehensible, but there's no denying the movie displays a pulpy pulse once Blade starts kicking some ass. And as far as the hot, young actors go...let's just say it's a mixed bag. Apparently Blade needed a pair of sexy "Nightstalkers" to kick ass alongside, and all things considered, Abigail and Hannibal could just have easily been played by...Mena Suvari and Matthew Lillard. So thank Hollywood for small favors.

The achingly lovely Jessica Biel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) is clearly having a ball playing a pumped-up vamp-smasher, but there's not much behind her character that we can root for. She's hot, cut, and full of fury, but Biel's Abigail Whistler is basically just another Lara Croft. All sexy style and no substance. Abby's partner in crime is Hannibal King, as played by Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder) as if he's auditioning for the next Fletch sequel. Reynolds reminds one of Jason Lee back when Jason Lee was scruffy, funny and smoothly likable. But Reynold's Hannibal King character is written as an overflowing quip machine; there's not one moment in the film when Reynolds is not cracking wise. Several of his jabs earn their chuckles, but after a while Hannibal King starts to feel like that smug jerk at the office party who's just sure he's the pinnacle of all things hilariously sarcastic.

A special shout-out is due to indie darling Parker Posey for delivering one of the year's most uproariously overbaked performances. Ms. Posey sinks her fangs into the scenery at every opportunity as she creates one of the vampiest vampiresses ever caught on film. Some call it overacting; I call it a bona-fide hoot.

Almost as entertaining on purpose as it is by accident, Blade: Trinity is equal parts kinetic mayhem and bloody burlesque. But it moves real quick and it sure isn't boring.

Fans of the Blade series will undoubtedly want to check this one out for themselves, and most will have a pretty good time with chapter three. But I find it very unlikely that "Blade: Trinity" will ever be called "the best of the three". Hell, even "second best" is pretty much out of the question. But Goyer earns a few brownie points for delivering doses of campy, gory goodness and for presenting a "Part 3" that doesn't just flat-out suck.

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User Comments

2/21/17 morris campbell pretty good nothing more 3 stars
7/23/08 JM Synth Lame; Biel and especially Reynolds don't help matters 2 stars
6/22/08 David V This trilogy went from badass to just bad. 1 stars
4/15/08 Andrew I was very dissappointed in the ending of this shit. Blade didn't make it! He died. 1 stars
3/02/08 John Millheim very cool, the best Blade out there 5 stars
7/14/07 MaDmAN All big bad "Drake" could do was threaten babies and little girls weak movie all around 3 stars
6/08/07 pete pretty good, enjoyed the comedy and action, but could have been alot better 3 stars
4/12/07 rimrhino Liked Reynolds, hated Purcell, Snipes still kicks ass, but it's time kill the series. 4 stars
1/31/07 William Boyle Boring and witless. A video game pretending to be a film. 1 stars
1/21/07 del The absolute bottom-of-the-barrel worst of the three...and that's saying something. 1 stars
9/28/06 Los Angeles Free Home Insurance plan Home L0ans 4 stars
9/03/06 Dragon The Artist Ditch the "scientfic" aspects,political correctness, & that campy depiction of Dracula.CRAP 1 stars
8/02/06 dan a disapointing end to what could have been a great trilogy 1 stars
7/03/06 Jim National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Vampire Hunter. Better than X3 anyway. 4 stars
4/06/06 Troy M. Grzych This movie lacks all of the fine craftmanship of "Blade 2" 3 stars
4/01/06 Michele these movies are always fun 4 stars
3/31/06 Soha Molina great movie 5 stars
3/29/06 Josh Standlee I am a true believer that Wesley Snipes is a god! Dracula was scary as fuck! 5 stars
3/28/06 Danny Johanson This movie has some great one liners, the plot may suck, but hell, its a good mindless fun 3 stars
2/27/06 Steven Lewis Worst of all three films but "decent" action. 2 stars
2/21/06 Steve Newman Blade 1 and 2 were excellent - this was crap 2 stars
2/03/06 van zwaar entertaining budget film wasnt expectin much so wasnt dissapointed(cockjugglin.....) LOL 4 stars
11/07/05 rob amazin flm wish more were being made 5 stars
10/21/05 jamie i love this movie so stop trashing it :P 5 stars
9/13/05 drippy 'Saw this last night...easily the worst of the series...and that's saying something!!!!!!!! 1 stars
9/01/05 ES It was alright, fun and violent & now we have the premise of Blade as the bad guy in #4 4 stars
8/30/05 Brisbane "2" was the only one worth watching...long live DEL TORO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
8/18/05 Maalstrom The series just gets worse, retire the franchise already 2 stars
8/09/05 Maalstrom Was lacking in both story and action. Unispired. 3 stars
7/09/05 Moctezuma Seriously disappointing 2 stars
6/28/05 The Talking Elbow WHY DID YOU DO THE MATRIX HAND-TAUNT!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
6/25/05 Mr Fluffy Man. AvP is just looking better and better 1 stars
6/21/05 the dude "epic" peice of fucken crap, it sucks like vamp balls. let's down 1&2 1 stars
6/10/05 Naka Snipes is on his way out. And thank god. 1 stars
5/28/05 Indrid Cold Just as good as the first two: lame plot, good action, Snipes is badass. 3 stars
5/27/05 angela hicks i think that the Blade: Trinity movie was even more awesome than the other Blade movies. 5 stars
5/24/05 tatum Snipes doesn't even give the flick a chance; what a jerk 2 stars
4/30/05 Heather Tarlecky This movie was the greatest 4 stars
4/20/05 Krisan just an example of how sequals just arent as good as the originals 3 stars
4/17/05 Sharon Davis Nothing special 3 stars
4/15/05 shatonjia They should have stopped after the first Blade. 2 stars
4/13/05 Junior LaRoche Heard it sucks, but was really surprised with it. Not as good as the other ones tho. 3 stars
3/31/05 Blade: great, Blade 2: Fantastic, Blade Trinity: Decent, but not great Joseph 3 stars
3/26/05 Denise good 3 stars
2/04/05 Mikolai Should be titled "Dracula: The Gay Blade" 2 stars
1/17/05 Roy Smith Again Does what sunlight, garlic, and holy water could not do... 2 stars
1/08/05 Al Guy They even ruined Blade. Sad. Fighting with an MP3 on. Stupid. 2 stars
12/28/04 Archanist_101 Not as GOOD as the first two films... The fight scenes + Jessica Beil were worth it!!!!!!!! 3 stars
12/26/04 Maurice EVO decent movie, nice special effect, and a nice babe 4 stars
12/23/04 mike schaeffer Snipes wants to sue New York. Movie-goers ought to sue him. 1 stars
12/22/04 Kay forget Blade, I want to see a Hannibel King movie 4 stars
12/18/04 ENTS The second one's better. Am really disppointed.with this one. 2 stars
12/13/04 KayCe Whitacre Don't like Comic Book movies? DON'T GO! Best BLADE ever! IT ROX! 5 stars
12/13/04 BrianWilly Watch it for the humor and senseless violence, not for...well, logic. 3 stars
12/13/04 Koitus The rating is "generous." Great fight scenes, but nothing really new; similar ending 2 #1 3 stars
12/13/04 Andy its awesome i dont believe anyone could give it a smaller rating than awesome 5 stars
12/12/04 Aren Decent Film, weakest of the 3. Still v/ entertaining though 4 stars
12/11/04 KingNeutron Nice debut for Paul Levesque; the dog was truly a nice touch for his char. 4 stars
12/11/04 Jerry Easily the worst film of the trilogy. Silly dialouge, poor characters, and very unoriginal 2 stars
12/11/04 Me the best one 5 stars
12/11/04 othree kinda weak Blade stilla solid some of casts' acting was eh lite storyline, good begining 3 stars
12/11/04 Captain Highcrime Holy Cow!! Two members of The New Main Street Singers are vampires?! Didn't see that coming 3 stars
12/10/04 luke good movie best of the three 5 stars
12/10/04 Hyoun Lim it was an average movie 3 stars
12/09/04 Gray fun 4 stars
12/09/04 Juan SUCKED!!!!!! 1 stars
12/09/04 walter save your money! , it seemed like a low budget film id see on sunday afternoon noncable tv 1 stars
12/09/04 Kristina Williams It could have been worse. Imagine Stifler instead of Van Wilder in this. Ugh. 3 stars
12/08/04 Whoop Whoop Enjoyable fun. 4 stars
12/08/04 Ray Just bad 1 stars
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  08-Dec-2004 (R)
  DVD: 26-Apr-2005



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