Blade (1998)

logoDirector: Stephen Norrington

Writer: David S. Goyer (Screenplay)

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Arly Jover, Traci Lords, Kevin Patrick Walls, Wim Guinee, Sanaa Lathan

 

Plot: In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population.

 

Verdict: Sword Swinging Fun

 

Story: When Blade hit the screens it ushered in a new genre for the vampire film. We had been having gothic for decades and we had entered into the teen side of the story. We also ended up being introduced to an anti-hero in Blade who seems to do the right thing but the wrong way. As the story goes we have a young none pure blood vampire Deacon Frost who wants to take over from the pure bloods and their traditions. This means using Blade to get what he wants, a chase to unleash a vampire god. It is all very much comic book style with plenty of action to complete a solid story. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Wesley Snipes: Blade half-blood vampire who loses some of the weaknesses of a normal vampire but possesses all their strengths. He fights the vampires to protect the humans and with his skills most vampires don’t stand a chance. Good performance from Wesley who really creates an icon in the already heavily populated vampire genre. (9/10)

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Stephen Dorff: Deacon Frost young cocky vampire who was once human, but has risen in the ranks and now officially wants to take over the vampire underworld. He is trying to raise his own army to unleash a vampire god. Good villain performance who help introduce Blade before he steps up to bigger villains. (8/10)

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Kris Kristofferson: Whistler helper of Blade who helps build the next set of weapons to face the vampires. He has a dark back story which fuels his vengeance against the vampires. Good supporting performance who helps fill in information as Blade is a man of very little words. (8/10)

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N’Bushe Wright: Karen doctor who gets bitten and that Blade tries to save before she turns. She becomes helpful for the good fight by offering a way to get survive before turning. Good supporting performance in role where she isn’t just the helpless victim. (7/10)

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Donal Logue: Quinn Deacon’s first in command that constantly gets left for dead by Blade, he goes through the most punishment through the film but in the end gets what’s coming to him. Good support performance who gains most of the laughs. (7/10)

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Director Review: Stephen Norrington – Good direction to help bring the vampire genre into the action genre. (8/10)

 

Action: Plenty of fights which all use great combat, including swords and guns. (9/10)

Horror: Though the action is good the horror side of the story decreases as we focus too much on the action and not on the horror. (3/10)

Settings: Each setting is used well to create a vampire hideout, be it a seeded night club, underground temple or a high rise where Deacon wishes to be. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Solid special effects with the vampire deaths. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is a film to be watched by all, it had plenty of entertainment throughout and will be enjoyed by all. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Final Battle

Worst Part: Loses a lot of horror which you would expect in a vampire film.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final fight.

Funniest Scene: Train Scene

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two films and a television series.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $131 Million

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: The power of an immortal. The soul of a human. The heart of a hero.

 

Overall: Great Action Vampire Film

Rating 80

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