June 21, 2013
When Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire during pregnancy, she did not know that she gave her son a special gift while dying: All the good vampire attributes in combination with the best human skills. Blade grew up to be a vampire hunter for revenge on his mother's death. The vampires, who managed to infiltrate nearly every major organization, need Blade's very special blood to summon La Magra, the blood god, in order to reign over the human cattle, as they call us.
Excellent film, in the vein of Batman and The Crow. Blade is out and out action, with violence and gore galore. Blade is a m inor character from the Marvel family of comic characters. He is a human/vampire hybrid who has made it his life's goal to destroy all vampires. He is helped by Whistler, a resourceful human with a personal vendetta against the vampires. They are opposed by Deacon Frost, a young vampire upstart who wishes to rule the human race. Other than that the film's plot is pretty thin. It is the style that carries this film, highly visual and very much like a comic book. The movie is very violent, almost surreal in appearance, as the vampires explode, disintegrate and get dismembered in varying gruesome ways. As Roger Ebert stated in his review, comic book adaptations may be the last hope for visionary filmmaking. It is this area where filmmakers can really cut loose with the visual style. I would put this in a category with Event Horizon
in terms of visual excellence, both films were a triumph in design. As far as the acting is concerned, there was nthing to write home about, most were one dimensional stereptypes. Take Snipes for instance, he walked around looking mean and beating guys up, no real stretch of talent, or Kristofferson's Whistler, he plays the stereotypical role of wise old helper. And then there's Stephen Dorff, his Deacon Frost wasn't anything spectacular but he brought an energy to the screen that was very dynamic and entertaining. Again the winner here was the incredible style.
Energetic, action packed, a visual feast, plus vampires! Strong recommendation to see.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 6/21/2013 12:10:00 PM
Labels: 1990s, 1998, Action, Horror, Movie Review, Reviews in Retrograde, Science Fiction, Stephen Dorff, Wesley Snipes
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.