Something really bad happened between Blade II and Blade: Trinity. The filmmakers took what was a decent comic book franchise and destroyed it, turning it into a series of action scenes just as mindless as some of the vampires in the film. For those still in the dark, the Blade movies are based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. He is a vampire working for the side of good, hunting and killing other vampires. Wesley Snipes (Undisputed, Blade II) is a good Blade, or was a good Blade. He takes his macho attitude to the extreme, such that he utters very little dialogue, growling his lines when he does. He does his best to look tough and macho, but unfortunately, it comes off as confused.
The rest of the cast is no better. Aiding Blade are the Nightstalkers, a group of youngsters dedicated to the destruction of vampires. Primarily, this is wise-cracking Hannibal King (a buffed up Ryan Reynolds, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The In-Laws) and the hot Abigail (Jessica Biel, Cellular, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), daughter of Blade's confidante Whistler (Kris Kristofferson, Silver City, Blade II). Reynolds does look impressive, but Biel is pretty boring as an action heroine. So far she's made dull impressions in the field of teen romance and horror, so now she has a hat trick. For some even stranger castings, look no further than Parker Posey (Laws of Attraction, A Mighty Wind) as a vampire, and Natasha Lyonne (Party Monster, Kate & Leopold) as a blind scientist. Lyonne's role is laughable.
Part of the blame falls squarely on David S. Goyer. Goyer is at heart, a writer. He wrote the first two Blade movies, as well as a host of other comic book related projects. His script here is definitely lacking in any sort of substance. His first outing as a director was ZigZag, and this is his second. He clearly needs to work on his directorial skills. Especially considering the director of Blade II was Guillermo del Toro, a much better director (who went on to direct Hellboy, another comic-themed project). Goyer's directing style seems to be to slap together any sort of fight scene or chase scene and then film the hell out of it. He does not have a sense of vision for where he wants to take the movie.
The plot revolves around Dracula, or Drake (Dominic Purcell, Equilibrium, Mission Impossible II) as he becomes known. The vampires, led by Danica Talos (Posey) want to resurrect him, both to help usher in a new age of vampirism and to kill Blade. Talos also frames Blade for various killings, drawing much unwanted media attention. Goyer never explains why the vampires do this, as it really doesn't help or hurt them. Especially if Drake could just kill Blade. In fact, very little is clear in Blade: Trinity. Everything is one big muddle of fighting and special effects, interspersed with sarcastic comments from Reynolds. Well, one thing is clear; this reviewer has no desire for another Blade film.
|Haro Rates It: Pretty Bad.|
|1 hour, 43 minutes, Rated R for strong pervasive violence and language, and some sexual content.|
Back to Movies