"The third in the Blade series truly outstays its welcome"
The third instalment of Blade is unfortunately the weakest in the series that offers more of the same whilst working on off a wafer thin plot. It does have some fairly decent fight scenes, explosions, a car chase and inventive weaponry but at nearly two hours long it truly outstays its welcome.In this outing a group of vampires led by the ruthless but awkwardly odd Danica Talos (Parker Posey) have resurrected the one and only Dracula (who nowadays prefers to be known as Drake) in order to assist with their ploy for world domination. The only thing that stands in their way is vamp executioner Blade whom they decide to set up in a public relations smear campaign that turns humankind against him – except for a group calling themselves the Nightstalkers, a renegade team of vampire hunters headed by Whistler’s daughter Abigail (Jessica Biel). They have invented a virus that has the potential to wipe out the vampire race for good. The only catch is that in order for this infection to be at its most effective, it must be mixed with the blood of the purest vampire of them all; Dracula…sorry, I mean Drake. So they convince Blade to join them and the hunt is on for Danica and her newly revived assistant.
The introduction of a wisecracking sidekick Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds), who has a couple of funny lines but is ultimately quite annoying, suggests that they were trying to inject a little more humour into the series, but most of the laughs to be had here are from scenes that were meant to have been taken seriously. Drake, for example, makes for a ludicrous Dracula who struts about town in leather pants and an open chest shirt wearing beads around his neck. He looks more like a fashion model straight out of Zoolander (and is about as threatening) than the king of all vampires. Even when he morphs into his true form he appears to be a lobster crossed with Predator who might be more at home on an episode of the Power Rangers.
The action and fight scenes are well choreographed but become a little repetitive by the second half of the movie and they are all too often drowned out by loud music in an attempt to beef them up. It is shot and edited well with some excellent special effects but when the story is this silly, this cannot save Blade Trinity from b-grade territory. Wesley Snipes maintains his cool, man-of-few-words persona of Blade but is really just sleepwalking through the role. He does have the best fighting ability of the cast however and pulls off some impressive martial arts scenes.Apparently this is the final in the series but there is a very obvious set up for a sequel at the end of Blade Trinity. Let’s hope they think long and hard whether they need to resurrect Blade for another round and, if they do, they should hand the screenwriting reins over to someone else. David S. Goyer has written all three screenplays and with Blade Trinity he proves that he is devoid of any new ideas. The only audience that might find something worthwhile here would be diehard fans of the series or the horror-action genre.