Blade (1998)

Alright, we’re doing the Blade trilogy. STRAP IN everyone.

So first up is, well, the first movie. 1998’s BLADE, Directed by Stephen Norrington  (League of -shudder- Extraordinary Gentlmen) and written by David S Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade 2 and Blade: Trinity). Well, the movie is based on a Marvel character and the story of this movie is…

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

And who is that Half-Vampire you ask?
The fantastically sassy, ass-kicker himself : Wesley god damn Snipes.

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Anyways.

This movie is pretty awesome. In the sense that kick-ass, violent action movies are pretty awesome. The story is pretty simple, we see flashes of Blade’s birth and then we jump right into the action. The scene at the start of this movie in the club with the blood-shower sets the tone for the whole franchise so perfectly. Its twisted, and once Blade arrives to save the day, its pretty god damn bad ass.

The movie is crazy violent, and has some really cool action sequences. Not to mention a wicked late 90s electro & hip hop soundtrack. Snipes is delightfully snarky, and is really just really fun as this character. Now, that being said I don’t know anything (ANYTHING) about the comic series, so I don’t know how it transfers and honestly… I don’t care. So lets not start.

Kris Kristofferson is a perfectly serviceable character, and the chemistry he has with Wesley Snipes is fine. It’s not incredible, but it works for the movie. Plus, we have the 90s douchery incarnate himself : Stephen Dorff. I actually enjoyed him in this movie too. Everyone is pretty much great in this movie. Though I really didn’t care for the shoe-horned love interest that was Karen (played by N’Bushe Wright), the relationship (if you can call it that) didn’t really make sense and felt forced. I have a feeling it was a condition from the studio that was needed to put the movie out.

Anyways, moving on, the movie is pretty much a great 90s action/horror flick. It’s not a spectacular movie, or even the best of the trilogy, but it’s really fun and sets up everything pretty nicely. Plus, the fight scenes are really cool, and the mostly practical effects work. We do get a few samples of that beautifully terrible late 90s CGI which is … fine.

The one problem I had with this, besides the love interest, is something you notice in all 3 of these movies. The rules about the vampires and sunlight are kind of all over the place, and its hard to know exactly what … the rules are. At one point Stephen Dorff is out in the day and Blade just says “Sun block” …

What the fuck does that even mean?

BUT I digress.

All in all, the movie works, and starts a pretty cool trilogy. Honestly, it’s a movie that probably would be ripe for a remake in the coming years, and maybe would benefit from one? Though..after Trinity that’s not a risk many want to take.. but that’s another review.

All in all, the final grade for BLADE : C+
Not bad, not great, super fun, and very serviceable.

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