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3.0 out of 5 stars Straight From The Pages Of Marvel, 22 Dec 2002
This review is from: Blade [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
After the massive success of Brandon Lee's 'The Crow', studios and patrons alike waited with baited breath on the next comic-book hero to set the silver screen alight. And, in 1998 it happened. In need of a box-office hit after the 1997 movies 'Murder at 1600' and 'Futuresport', American actor Wesley Snipes took up the role of Blade. A fearless vampire out on the prowl of others like him, but who needs to suppress his own thirst for blood through a series of Garlic Injections. Helping to keep his instincts at bay is the man-made arsenal Whistler (Kristofferson), who is, himself, fighting the battle of cancer.
As the film opens out, the fright-fest begins under the main credits with a youngish man entering a sleazy downtown rave which, unknown to him, happens to be the vampires lair. Suddenly the film erupts, with overhead sprinklers spitting blood, the vampires metamorphose into their alter-ego's and begin pulling at the scared and speechless man. Backing off, the man falls to Blades feet, in a fit of kicks and screams. Blade glances down and pushes him aside. For the following 5+ minutes thereafter, limbs are severed, blood is drained and vampires are slain, as Blade wipes out the huddling community of blood suckers below. Minutes before he was born, Blades mother was bitten by a vampire, leaving Blade a hybrid on birth. As a strange mix between human and vampire, Blade has become a natural which allows him to day-walk and stay one step ahead of the underground evil. Growing older and wiser by the day, Blade assumes that a certain group of the un-dead are becoming stronger and are planning for world domination. Headed off by vampire Deacon Frost (Dorff), Blade realizes that all they need to complete this ritual is to have his blood.
With a plot thinner than Kate Moss's waist, this makes for easy watching, that spares its boredom for jaw-dropping effects and ridiculous subplots that lift straight from the pages of Marvel. With tongue firmly-in-cheek, Blade never loses his cool, as Snipes overplays the part with a dictionary corny lines and 'I Love Me' poses. Colorful, playful and ultimately enjoyable, this sight for sore eyes might not be to everybody's taste, but those who will like it, will end up loving it. Very simple, but Very effective.
Followed by a sequel in 2002, with Snipes reprising the role of Blade.
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