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Blade: Trinity (2004)

DVD Cover (New Line Studios)
Movie Connections:
> Blade (1998)
> Blade II (2002)
> Blade: Trinity (2004)
Genres / Traits:
Action, Action Thriller, Horror, Martial Arts, Superhero Film, Vampire Film, Comics: Marvel
David S. Goyer David S. Goyer
Wesley Snipes Wesley Snipes
Kris Kristofferson Kris Kristofferson
Dominic Purcell Dominic Purcell
Jessica Biel Jessica Biel
Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds

5.0 / 10 - 11 votes

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Review by Crispy
Added: March 23, 2011
Like I said in my review for the original Blade, the success of that movie gave Marvel the balls to go ahead with the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises. And what do all three series have in common? Lackluster third entries.

Realizing they can't bring Blade down on their own, the vampires decide to bring in the unwitting help of the FBI and frame Blade as a serial killer. Their plan works beautifully, as the police locate Blade's hideout in no time. The resulting raid ends with Whistler dead (again) and Blade in custody. Not a second too late for the vamps, as Danica Talos has just resurrected the first vampire in existence, Drake, perhaps better known as Dracula. All is not lost, however, and Blade is soon rescued by allies he never knew he had: The Nightstalkers. Led by the shit-talking Hannibal King and Whistler's own daughter, Abigail, this group has likewise been waging war on the vampires. Blade is none too happy about joining this "amateur" operating, but with the rise of Drake, he's going to need all the help he can get.

Blade: Trinity is easily the weakest link in the trilogy, and director David S. Goyer is a large part of the reason why. Several pointless decisions were made; things like making this fictional city bilingual by adding in scenes using the Esperanto language. Why? Because he's pretentious. Also, Blade has begun adding some red into his attire, which had it been done correctly, it could have worked. If Goyer really felt it was necessary to add the color, he should have started him in his traditional black and had the Nightstalkers wear red and black. This way, when Blade dons that red undershirt, it has some significance: obviously representing his acceptance as part of the unit. I mean this is basic Motif 101. And that's to say nothing about the ridiculous ending he originally had in mind. Sure, it was scrapped, but he weaseled it back into the Director's Cut. Hell, even Snipes and Kristofferson weren't happy about Goyer's creative license.

The villains are a huge step down as well. Nothing about Dominic Purcell's Drake conjures up the same threat that Frost or Nomak did. With those two, there was an undeniable sense of "if he isn't stopped, everyone is fucked". You just don't get that with Drake, who we're told is the most powerful vampire ever. The worst thing he did was kill a couple Goths. Danica and friends were even more of a let down. As Talos, Parker Posey was just a whiny brat, while her main henchman, HHH of WWE fame, was just one of those braindead bully jocks you may remember from high school. An intimidating crowd this is not.

Wesley Snipes shines once again as our titular hero, but Kristofferson falls flat in his short role as Whistler. Again though, I'm pointing the finger at Goyer. All of a sudden, Whistler is all sappy, which goes against everything that's been established over the last two movies. Newcomer Jessica Biel doesn't accomplice a whole lot as Abigail, but she's hot, so I guess she served her purpose. As Hannibal King, Ryan Reynolds serves up the same shtick he's been doing his entire career, yet while he normally annoys me to no end, I actually enjoyed his character here. I can't quite put my finger on anything different; maybe he just caught me in a good mood.

At its heart, Blade has always been a mindless action series, and from that perspective, it's not horrible, over-used music video editing notwithstanding. But by part three, characters are established and prior bars have been set. Blade: Trinity trips over all of them. 4/10.
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Lucid Dreams #1: Lucid Dreams - added 03/23/2011, 03:31 PM
This was horrible from start to finish. 2/10
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