Alright, moving right along to what is, in my opinion, the best of the trilogy: BLADE II!
Oh baby, this Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) directed flick, once again written by David S Goyer, picks up in Russia, and is about…
Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reaper vampires who feed on vampires.
What is a REAPER vampire you ask? Well… basically
And let me tell you, these Nosferatu abominations are god damn terrifying. They are led by Nomak (played by Luke Goss, who is actually pretty good in this movie) and they feed on vampires, turning them into reapers. It’s a weird mutation, and they become a common enemy for Blade and the vampires.
Alright moving away from the story, and into the everything else. Snipes and Kristofferson both reprise their roles in this movie, despite Whistler killing himself in the first movie (apparently..vampires kept him alive? for…bait? whatever). We also are completely without the Karen character. There is no explanation, she’s just gone. Blade has all the serum he needs, and he has a new lacky that he brought in to fill the void left by Whistler. That lacky? Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) as “Scud”.
Blade is also forced to team up with a bunch of dead-meat characters, played by a bunch of guys you don’t know the names of and Ron Perlman. Now, I don’t want to be dismissive of the other actors, but they just didn’t stand out. Especially when competing with Perlman, and Snipes.
This movie is somehow darker than the first, and has some great visuals that only Del Toro could have brought us. There are the odd moment of kinda-terrible CGI but over all the effects are actually improved. Just a few silly video-game-esque fights, similar to the ones we saw in The Matrix 3. Overall though, it works.
The movie does have a few silly twists that I could have done without. Like *SPOILER ALERT* Scud working for the vampires, or whatever, the twists felt sort of dumb, and unearned but once again, for some reason they work.
Before you scream SPOILERS at me, just know that if the movie came out more than 2 years ago, you need to relax yourself about spoilers.
Anyways, moving on.
There really isn’t a to say about this movie. It really is just enjoyable, suspensful, and I got at least one jump scare out of it. There is another shoe-horned love interest, but it doesn’t really pay off in this one, and I’m glad. I don’t really think BLADE needs to have a romance. It works if he’s just kicking ass and murderin’ vampires.
The soundtrack is awesome, the fight scenes are (mostly) awesome, this one has everything in place that should have been there. I think it’s the strongest of the three, and you should check out this one if you don’t check out any others.
Final Grade for Blade II : B
Well worth checking out.