a critiQal film review Blade: Trinity (2004)

Plot: Blade (Snipes) is still hunting vampires. He's their worst fear. So they set him up, to get the humans to do their dirty work for them. But, that's only the first step in their plan, for they've raised their champion from oblivion: Dracula (Purcell). Now, Blade's going to need the help of Whistler's (Kristofferson) long-lost daughter Abigail (Biel) and ex-vampire Hannibal King (Reynolds), if he's going to stop the first vampire.

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  • ...the addition of Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds- not to mention some fun new gadgetry - help make this third film worth your while.

Surprise, Surprise. Hit vampire-killing movie Blade (1998) has come out with not one sequel (Blade II (2002)) now, but two, including the latest, Blade: Trinity. Hollywood at it’s finest, right?

The Blade films, like Blade himself, seem to be playing by their own rules so far however, as Blade II (2002) was actually a worthy sequel! They were able to take the main character and expand on him, while at the same time keeping him true to the first film. True, they relied a bit too much on special effects, but still an entertaining ride overall.

The big question now: would Blade: Trinity be able to live up to the success of it’s predecessors, or should they have ended the Blade series with #2? I couldn’t wait to find out, so swung by Blockbuster® the first day it hit DVD (and managed to pick up a couple of new Pez at the same time – talk about a great trip!) and immediately popped it into the DVD player.

Wesley seems to be getting a little tired of playing the same character. While he still manages to keep up the cool aura that Blade has always had in Blade: Trinity, he doesn’t seem to have the same enthusiasm in this film as he did in the first two (In this one, he doesn’t manage to break a grin even once, despite some witty repartee from co-star Ryan Reynolds! Half the fun of the first two was waiting for that moment when his facade would break, and he’d grin almost in spite of himself).

Luckily, he had a couple of helpers backing him up in Blade: Trinity, in the form of Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds. Jessica did an okay job (considering she once was a part of that feel-good cheese factory known as “7th Heaven” (TV)), but seemed like she was trying to be a wannabe Blade for most of the film. It was kind of funny, but also a little bit sad at the same time, since she wasn’t able to come even close.

Ryan, on the other hand, could be depended on for most of the laughs in the film, and was able to bring off a whole plethora of jokes with great timing. He was really able to lighten what turned out to be quite a dark film, and made Blade: Trinity much more entertaining for the audience (the viewer will remember his run-ins with killer dogs long after the movie ends).

Now, for you wrestling fans: yes, Triple H does appear in this film, and no, he doesn’t suck. Is he good enough to be given star billing in a flick? Nah. He’s just a thug, just like he plays on TV. In Blade: Trinity, though, he’s not working on the master plan – he’s just the dumb muscle-bound vamp the boss unleashes. Sure, it’s a decent showing for his first film, but he probably couldn’t handle that much of a deeper role. Keep it simple for him, and he should do just fine.

Start thinking of him as a quality actor, and you’re going to get into trouble. Maybe he can act well on the small screen on “Monday Night Raw” (TV), but it doesn’t translate well to the big screen for him (Luckily, The Rock hasn’t had the same problems. Let’s hope Stone Cold Steve Austin manages to follow in The Rock’s footsteps when he starts his movie career).

The plot was expected. After all, what legendary vampire killer hasn’t had to face Dracula at one time or another in their career? They all have, from Van Helsing to Vampire Hunter D to TV’s Buffy. What else could they have based Blade: Trinity on?

Despite the fact that this has been done many, many times before, Blade: Trinity was still able to warp it just enough to make it uniquely their own. They also managed to incorporate ideas from the earlier films into this one (remember how they first found out about the new race of vampires? You’ll find out why the vampires had those interrogation cells in this film).

And what Blade movie would be complete without the special effects? They’ve continued the bursting-vampire trend they started in the second film here, spicing it up just a little bit near the end. They’ve also given Blade and pals a few new weapons that are fun and inventive, and look believable enough. All of the special effects, from vampire death to weapons, were done very very well, and their isn’t a moment when the viewer is drawn away because of lack of quality in the special effects. (Heck, even the fight between pipsqueak Reynolds and Triple H was believable!).

So, there it is. The end of the Blade series. They had a few good additions to the cast (Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds), and a few not-so-great additions (Parker Posey just vamps as Vamp Boss, and Triple H’s first acting role in a film cast him, well, as a brainless thug), a decent – if expected – plot with some fun quirks, and a whole new host of fun gadgetry.

It’s definitely worth a viewing, and it’s worth picking up on DVD to complete your Blade film collection.

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