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Despite the excess of everyone's favourite bodily fluid, there is still some kind of artistry and subtlety to the violence of Blade. Some is pure action trash - hails of bullets and the like, some is showmanship, and some is purely understated evil. The animalistic fervour of Deacon Frost is even strangely mesmerising.
The film is slick, visually interesting with careful use of lighting and pale colours to emphasise the vampire's skin, and thick with atmosphere. The dialogue is perfectly tuned, despite the machismo and heavy use of one-liners, and there is visible and sinister conflict in the painfully detailed character studies. Blade and Frost, played with intensity and skill by Snipes and Dorff, are interesting and complex as individuals and a combination. So, the love interest is a little tiresome, and the pain is gratuitous - the plot is full of suspense and twists, the story is disturbingly believable, and the movie is a visual feast. Not for the romantic comedy enthusiast, but an essential addition to the video collection of any fan of the action or thriller genres.
Blade is a half-vampire who hunts the undead to avenge the death of his mother, who was bitten while pregnant, thus giving him "all of our strengths, non of our weaknesses". Referred to as "the daywalker" by the creatures he hunts, he is aided by Whistler, a semi-alcoholic, laconic sidekick who lost his family to vampires and Karen Jenson, a haematologist. Snipes plays Blade as a tortured, granite-faced warrior with a spirituality the audience is supposed to compare to that of Samurai. Complete with deadpan one-liners, he stalks and stakes with gusto, never quite revealing any wimpy emotion.
The uber-villian of the piece is the designer-shirted Deacon Frost, played with menacing cool by former brat-pack actor, Stephen Dorff. Frost has discovered an ancient ritual that will resurrect 'La Magra' - the Blood God, who is capable of triggering a "vampire apocalypse". This ritual also happens to require the blood of the daywalker, setting the scene for a climatic showdown between the hunter and the overlord.
Surrounded by a cadre of underlings, the most three dimensional of whom being Quinn, a playful heavy with puppy dog enthusiasm, Frost is far from the traditional vampire. In Blade's world, vampires are not creatures that skulk in cemeteries impersonating Bela Lugosi on a bad day - they are powerful figures in business and politics with vast financial resources.Read more ›