Back for another spin at Vampire slaying, Wesley Snipes teams up with Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel for the most campy of all the Blade movies so far in what proves to be the highest concept yet: Fighting Dracula. So far, the Blade movies have written their own version of the vampire lore, and this movie is no exception with this new idea of who Dracula really is. Explained that the beast described in the Bram Stoker tale was a pea shooter compared to the real thing, the head vampire played by Parker Posey hunts down the final resting place of dear old Drake and wakens him to help destroy Blade. Convienient enough, this is actually a gold strike for the Nightstalkers (Reynolds and Biel) who have developed a virus that when combined with the "pureist" vampire blood (Dracula) will kill ever vampire on the face of the planet... Blade very possibly included.
Ok, so, cutting the shit, this movie was not nearly as good as the first two. Every movie has had a seperate director and in turn a seperate feel, while they have all been written by the same guy, David S. Goyer. Well, the first movie was tackled by the man who later brought us The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Stephen Norrington) and as we all know, did a wonderful job with his version of Blade. He made the movie a dark comic book with a lot of action, a lot of blood, and a lot of humor. Blade II was taken on by the director Guillermo del Toro, who later brought us Hellboy (do we see a comic book theme with these directors?). Hellboy was a huge success and a great comic book adaptation. His version of Blade was even darker than first and, in my opinion, had an even better story line. My brother Adam described it as a vampire version of a classic Shakespearian Tragedy.
Now we have this third in the series, and who could possibly be the director to take on such a feat to keep the movies going strong? Well, the obvious choice was the director of such movies as ... wait, the only movie he had directed before this was a drama called ZigZag? What directing credentials does he have? Oh yeah, none. Well, maybe he can pull it off because he seems to have a comic book understanding being that he wrote the movies Dark City, The Crow: City of Angels, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield and recently completed the screen plays for Batman Begins, Ghost Rider, and The Flash. This guy seems to know what he's doing right? Well, the fact that he also wrote Blade, Blade II and now Blade III should give him a pretty good advantage to direct this movie right? Wrong.
The directing made this a campy, over the top, cheesy action movie without any of the cool darkness of the original two. Maybe my opinion wouldn't have been as intense if I hadn't watched Blade II right before Blade: Trinity, but none-the-less, this movies directing was the one weak link in the chain.
That aside, Blade: Trinity was a lot of fun and quite enjoyable. The addition of the human of Ryan Reynolds I think is what really saved this movie; well, that and the beauty and intensity of Parky Posey, who worked well with Reynolds. Jessica Biel was simply there for eye candy and star power though, because her character, other than being Whistlers daughter, was unnessisary.
Now, initially when I heard that the story line for this final movie in the series would be Dracula, I was a bit uneasy because this legendary character has been played out to death, literally. How many Draculas have we seen? Well, a search in IMDB gives me at least 132 movies with Dracula in the name, and that isn't including all the movies and shows that feature him without a title mention. Let's face it, our society has been obsessed with Dracula, Drake, Vlad, The Dark Prince or whatever else it is we call him, and we are now sick of him. If we are going to tell a vampire story still, let's tell a new one shall we? This half human, half vampire kid who can walk around in daylight that kills other vampires... now that's a cool cat, let's tell his story. Oh, oh yeah, that's what this was supposed to be.
Well, the movie still works, the movie still plays as a Blade movie, and Dracula honestly is barely in it, which relieved me quite a bit. Snipes is getting a bit old and worn out to keep doing this though, which thankfuly this is the last time he'll have to. I am worried though, that someone will try to revitalize the charater and write a cheesy explanation about how and why Blade has to come back to battle more vampires or some other world menace. Please don't let it happen...
Completing the trilogy though, Trinity is a fun movie and I wouldn't miss it if you're a fan of the first two. If you hated the second one though, then stay away from this, as the original is the only one you're goign to enjoy. Just watch it over again.
Technical and Features:
While watching Blade II, I was noticing that the use of CGI was there, and when used apparant, but used smartly, and only when mechanical couldn't show what they wanted to show. Knowing now that director later did Hellboy, I understand why Hellboy was so good. In Blade: Trinty, the CGI has gotten so good though, that it's hard to notice when it's being used, which is much too often for my taste. The fact that it's hardly noticed though makes up for it, because it's damn good. I'm sure in another 5 years I'll be laughing at this CGI and praising that CGI, but this is how it is today.
Now, by reading that above review or critique, I'm sure you're thinking, "Oh man, he's totally going to give this movie a crap grade," and you are wrong. The review I wrote, my annoyance with this movie, only pertains to the fact that it's been driven into the ground, not on the movie as a seperate film. Blade: Trinity earns a B for humor, a B for action, a D for originality, and an A for special effects, which we all know averages out to a C+ overall. (Hmm, I should use this average thing again, it works pretty well.)