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Overall Rating
2.7

Awesome: 7.41%
Worth A Look: 9.63%
Average40%
Pretty Bad: 31.11%
Total Crap: 11.85%

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Blade: Trinity
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by Rob Gonsalves

"More of the same, not better handled."
2 stars

In the third and, one hopes, final installment of the Blade series, the eponymous vampire-hunting hero (Wesley Snipes) is as stubbornly blank as ever. It's as if Snipes and writer-director David S. Goyer (who also wrote the previous 'Blade' films) thought that even a flash of humor, vulnerability, or humanity would compromise the character's integrity.

But the Blade of the original Tomb of Dracula comics from the '70s wasn't afraid to joke around or smile; he belongs, I guess, to a different era, when black heroes didn't have to be scowling ciphers. Laurence Fishburne in the Matrix trilogy, Samuel L. Jackson in the new Star Wars films, and certainly Snipes in the Blade movies -- these are all fine actors with a knack for soulful, complex, funny characters, but you wouldn't know it from these movies. Are the white movie geeks who make these sci-fi/horror flicks reassuring the white audience by robbing powerful black men of any personality?

Blade: Trinity is as much a piece of witless eye candy as the other two, though director Goyer devises nothing as inspired as the "blood bath" sequence that opened the original Blade (1998) or the hellaciously ugly übervamps in Blade II (2002). The new movie is largely more of the same, adding two characters -- Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel), ass-kicking daughter of Blade's mentor Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), and Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds), wise-cracking former vampire -- who function as T&A and comic relief, respectively. As written here, Hannibal -- who in the comics was a vampire who assisted Blade -- is actually closer in spirit to the Blade of the comics: tough but witty, boldly contemptuous of vampires to the point of turning them into punchlines.

Throughout this series, Goyer has been fond of throwing in lots of mumbo-jumbo about vampirism as a virus, political squabbles between "pureblood" vamps and "turned" vamps, etc. Here, Blade is pitted against Dracula himself, played by the beefy, profoundly miscast Dominic Purcell, who looks more like a soccer goalie than like the King of Vampires. In Dracula's blood is the vampire virus in its purest form; apparently the bloodline has gotten diluted, because Dracula regards today's bloodsuckers with disdain. Aside from Dracula -- who, for his other trick, transforms into some sort of vamp Sauron clone -- there's the snarky vampire Danica Talos, an amusing role for Parker Posey, whose pale skin and extreme widow's peak have always given her the look of a supernatural vixen anyway. For random amusement, there's a vampire pomeranian, though not, disappointingly, a pet of Danica's. (Posey's Best in Show co-star John Michael Higgins turns up as a smarmy shrink who analyzes Blade.)

Goyer is better at writing action scenes than at directing them; most of the fights go by in a flash, goosed along by hyperactive editing and hampered by cameras that seldom keep a proper distance. Blade: Trinity often feels like a third-season episode from a nonexistent Blade TV show, meant to introduce characters (Abigail and Hannibal, dubbed "the Nightstalkers") that can be spun off into their own series. It's also clear by now that Dracula should never be used as a supporting player in another character's story -- in both Van Helsing and in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode featuring him, he came off as a hammy fop, and here he has about as much menace as Stephen Dorff's Deacon Frost in the first Blade, and without Frost's malicious wit.

Can much else be done with the vamp-slayer subgenre? Back in the '60s, Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers turned the legends on their heads -- who can forget the Jewish vampire unimpressed by the crucifix? -- and recently such horror-comedies as Bloody Mallory (from France) and Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter (from Canada) put some oddball, farcical twists on the familiar narrative. But doing this sort of film seriously, with its heroes lugging superior firepower, doesn't give you much that you wouldn't get from a video game: the vampires are reduced to soulless target practice.

Blade himself seems as soulless as his prey, too. It may be a plot point that his status as a half-vampire cancels out normal human responses to things, but it would be nice if we saw the man underneath the scowl and the pose. As it is, he's more like half-vampire, half-robot.

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User Comments

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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