Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Blade Trinity

(2004) **1/2

Blade Trinity changes things up a bit. In this episode, although most people remain unaware of vampires, they are now aware of and fearful of Blade, who gets portrayed by the media as a serial killer. Police and FBI pursuit of Blade (possibly assisted/manipulated by vampires) results in Blade's capture during a raid on Whistler and Blade's compound. Luckily Blade is rescued by Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) and Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel) -- welcome white eye candy of both sexes. Turns out this rescue team is part of a group of vampire hunters referred to as the Nightstalkers who just happen to be working on Daystar, a bioweapon to kill all vampires.
"Drake" who may or may not be Dracula

The Nightstalkers are up against vampires Danica Talos (Parker Posey) and the resurrected first vampire "Drake" (Dominic Purcell). The vampires in this episode not only have better infrastructure (an industrial complex full of comatose humans for a continual blood supply) but also a play to improve the vampire race by turning all Vampires into Daywalkers. The 3rd installation ramped up the action, the eye candy, and the snarky dialogue (mostly delivered by Ryan Reynolds). The special effects definitely hold up better, but that might just be because it was made more recently. The tagline really should have been "Wesley Snipes as Wesley Snipes. Ryan Reynolds as Ryan Reynolds and Parker Posie as Parker Posie.


JPX said...

The tagline really should have been "Wesley Snipes as Wesley Snipes. Ryan Reynolds as Ryan Reynolds and Parker Posie as Parker Posie.

I love that line because it cuts to the core of what’s wrong with certain movies. If you are watching a movie and you are only able to see the actors and not their characters than you know the movie sucks. Reading all your vampire reviews made me realize why I’m not really into the genre. I love the old Universal Monsters Dracula films in part because they feature one vampire and he is steeped in mystique. Something strange has happened over the past decade where vampires are now a huge population roaming the Earth causing carnage. Shows like True Blood or the unwatchable Twilight films do nothing for me. The modern vampire is portrayed as either an unstoppable killing machine or as a dysthymic, anemic wuss. There is no longer any subtly to the vampire mythos.

Octopunk said...

I think when it's done right (see my half-assed defense of Blade II), the vampire as unstoppable killing machine EXCEPT with certain key vulnerabilities still has some potential. I haven't seen any of the new True Twilight Diaries breed and I'm not in a rush.

Way to hit the series, Tami Dammit. (Cat's right, that should be your new name.)