(2004)

Alan:

Ebert:1/2 Entertainment Weekly:1/2 TV Guide:1/2


Warning, minor plot points revealed!

Blade is one of my  favorite superhero comic based movies.  I know I say that about most comic based movies, but I really do love Blade.

First of all, I'm a huge Wesley Snipes fan.  Ever since New Jack City.  I know he did some stuff before that but NJC was the movie where I really noticed him.  He's a super-cool action guy.  Second thing is that I really love vampire movies, so the combination of Wesley Snipes in a comic based superhero vampire movie is just cinematic gold as far as I'm concerned.

That said, Blade Trinity is probably the weakest film of the series so far.  I liked it a lot but it was no where near as good as Blade 2.  It's sort of following the same bell curve as the Terminator films.  

This time Blade is taking on the father of all vampires - Dracula.  That's right, Dracula.  Except now they just call him Drake for short.  The vampire nation resurrects Drake for a fresh infusion of the original vamps blood and what they hope will be the addition of new powers such as those of the "day-walker," Blade.  

That's really all you need to know as far as the plot.  If you're a Blade fan then you're eventually going to see this anyway and if you're not a fan this is definitely not the film that you want to see to start the series.  

The special effects this time were similar to what we've seen in the past films.  When Blade dispatches a vampire they disintegrate into flaming ashes.  This time though, one of the twists, is that the "familiars" (human assistants to the vampires) play a larger role and end up getting Blade arrested for murder.  This was a difficult plot development to deal with because I don't believe that the mortal police, no matter how big their force, would be able to capture Blade.  

A new group of vampire killers is also introduced called the Nightstalkers.  They are led by Whistler's daughter, Abigail and her friend Hannibal King who was a former familiar of the new leader of the vampires, Danica Talos.  The Nightstalkers are like a funnier, more laid back version of Blade and Whistler's vampire slaying organization.  King, played by Ryan Reynolds is a wise guy who's constantly cracking jokes.  This was funny at first but his non-stop goofy attitude eventually diminished the character.  He also seems to be channeling the smart-ass spirit of Jason Lee.  He even kind of looks like him which was weird.  Jessica Biel, last seen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, does a fine job with the hot chick action role.  I suppose they will have to wait until Blade 4 to better develop her character though.  Kris Kristofferson is back as Whistler and as I said, Wesley Snipes does a great job again as Blade.  He's just so cool!

One the bad-guy side we have a bizarre cross-over with the comedy troupe from Christopher Guest's film Best in Show.  Parker Posey plays Danica Talos, the new leader of the vampires and the guy who played her husband in Best in Show, John Michael Higgins, plays a police psychiatrist.  That was weird seeing them together again in another movie.  Also, pro wrestler, Paul Michael Levesque (aka Triple H) seems to be starting off his movie career as a giant vampire thug.  His character is pretty funny though.  Finally, Dominic Purcell plays Dracula but it is an emotionless and kind of boring performance.  This was one of the rare occasions where it might have been interesting to have cast someone a bit more famous in the role just to see what they would do with it.  

The action in Blade Trinity is great but there seemed to be more of it in Blade 2.  Also the bad guy in Blade 2 was much more interesting and a much better fighting match for Blade.  

Is Blade Trinity worth seeing at the theatre?  If you're a Blade fan then definitely.  If you're not a big fan then you can probably wait and watch it on DVD.  It's a good movie and I will buy it for sure to complete my collection but I didn't love it as much as I thought I would.