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Good for light watching
on 21 February 2008
As ever, Blade II is more about machoism than plot. The special effects also seemed a bit lame at times: you could almost see the CG in operation! However, if you watch this film with low to middling expectations, as I did, it won't be as disappointing as some critics on amazon have held it to be.
Snipes is as suave as ever, running around and hitting anything which has fangs and, to be fair, the uber-vampires were a lot more scary than the normal ones (and proper gross too!). I always find the 'serum' device a bit pointless though, because with all the huge collections of blood that the vampires harbour, Blade wouldn't be doing anything ethically unsound by nicking some, would he? Moreover, with all the vampires around, one would think he could just suck their blood and have done--'poetic justice' springs to mind...
Another amusing point is Whistler's complete invulnerability (oh, by the way, he's NOT dead: clearly what REALLY happened in the first film is that he shot the ceiling by mistake, missing his head) because he gets kicked about so much in this film you'd think he'd have concussion at least, but no! The man is indomitable.
Anyhow, I quite enjoyed the film; as many have suggested, it makes for very easy watching and if you like watching Snipes moving his arms and legs at bewildering speeds, this is the film for you. I don't know why people have such high expectations for an action film of this type: yes there are glaring gaps and contradictions but, really, if you look at 'Blade II' whimsically, the complete lack of sensibleness just adds to the fun.