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Blade: Trinity (Dbl DVD) (Unrated)
The final battle begins and the trinity comes to an end! Blade is back and his enemies have grown in number since they resurrected their king, Dracula. Together with a new group of vampire hunters, called the Nightstalkers, led by Whistler's strong but beautiful daughter Abigail and the wise-cracking Hannibal, they must finally defeat the vampires or face inevitable extinction.]]>
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The film begins with some helicopters crusing the Syrian Desert and landing by some ruins. Some heavily armed individuals enter the ruins in search of something, and they find it...what is it? Well, let's just say something wicked this way comes...and then we cut to a cityscape and we see Blade (Snipes) doing what he does best, deftly dispatching vampires using any number fancy, new weaponry (along with some classic ones) and hand-to-hand combat maneuvers. After he accidentally kills a human `familiar' (a human lackey enlisted by a vampire), we learn the vampires have essentially set Blade up, and now he's a highly sought individual by law enforcement authorities, specifically the FBI. He eventually does eventually get taken into custody, but is rescued by a group of vampire hunters called the Nightstalkers, including Abigail (Biel) and Hannibal King (Reynolds). Turns out they need his help as the vampires are planning something big involving that which was awakened in the Syrian Desert at the outset of the film, something involving the granddaddy of all vampires...
When I heard a third Blade film was coming out awhile back, I was very interested as the first two were a lot of fun and just really great action films. The movie finally got released, and then the reviews came in...some good, some indifferent, but a majority critical of what was supposed to be the grand finale in the Blade Saga. After watching the movie last night, I can now understand where some of this criticisms stem. My biggest complaint was there were just too many characters introduced, characters that ultimately took away from what should have been the focus of the film, that of Blade himself. Often characters of some seemingly importance would be trotted out (Parker Posey's character, for example), only to disappear, showing up later with little consequentiality to the overall story itself. Also, a number of characters get killed, ones we're supposed to care about, but so little was invested in them I just didn't really care... the teaming up element worked well in the 2nd film, but there it had an interesting twist. It had potential here (the with Nightstalkers), but never really lived up to anything meaningful. The film starts off really well with some great action sequences, but gets bogged down with an excessive amount of inactivity and a whole lot of useless junk in the middle, eventually returning to some semblance of an action orientated story near the end. The dialog got a little silly at times, and is peppered with a whole lot more profanity than the first two films...I didn't mind that so much, but it seemed excessively and unnecessary, perhaps intended for shock value, but coming of more as just silly and childish...sometimes less is more. These things were kind of surprising, as Goyer had done really well with the first two films. I had read that his original story for this film was much different, one set in the future where vampires had virtually taken over, but that was nixed by the powers that be due to the fact they thought it too `dark'. A lot of the characters felt half cooked, especially that of Biel...but at least she's really nice to look at...as far as Reynolds character Hannibal King...does this guy basically play the same type of character in every film? The smarmy, wise-cracking, always ready with a quip guy is getting a little old (it was almost like they transported his Van Wilder character here), but, at the very least, he does get the beating a few times...he he...I will say Reynolds must have spent a lot of time in the gym for this role as he was pretty ripped. Well, I've ragged on the film quite a bit, but what did I like about it? I thought the action sequences that were in the film were very slick, fast paced, and well put together, and both Biel and Reynolds did well in this aspect. And the new weapons were infinitely cool and seemed to build on previous film. The visual look of the film was one of the best aspects, presenting a dark and moody atmosphere for a slightly less than deserving story. I think Goyer has the potential to be a very good director, I only wish he'd made his debut on another film. Overall I'd say this was a less than spectacular end to the series as I would have preferred a story that focused more on Blade character himself, rather than one populated by so many distractions.
Amazon lists all the copious extras for this 2 DVD release very well on their website, so I won't bother rehashing it, but I will say the picture and sound quality are spectacular, even if the film itself isn't...a worthwhile rent though (this review is based on the extended version rather than the theatrical one). And, as another reviewer has already mentioned, if you do not own any of the Blade movies but are interested in purchasing them, look for the box set rather than the individual DVDs as you may save yourself so money.
By the way, did anyone else think the Pomeranian vampire dog was just a bit too silly? It brought back memories of that mutated poodle from The Hulk...
With the 10 extra minutes of footage, it totally fleshes out everyone, especially Drake, he's got an extend clip with Parker Posey. Gives a little more insight to his orgins/timeline.
Stay tuned to after the end credits to see Blade drive off...
I really enjoyed the alternate ending. It obviously sets up the NightStalkers for their own movie. A shame it had to go, that Vampire/Werewolf hybrid was awesome!!!!
Crank it up loud on DTS, man you will have a new appreciation for the film, I know I did! Has anyone ever noticed that Hannibal King looks like Clay Aiken??? ;)