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A 1998 action film based on Marvel Comics vampire-slaying anti-hero.

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  • Apr 15, 2011
Other than Tim Burton's original Batman and Alex Proyas' The Crow, Blade was one of the first really dark, really serious attempts at taking a comic book character and putting him on screen in an adaptation intended for adults. Directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer, who has subsequently been involved in all three Blade films and numerous other comic book adaptations, the film is highly stylized and quite engaging despite some flaws in the internal logic and some sloppy editing (both of which will probably go unnoticed upon the initial viewing).

The film is based on the vampire-slaying exploits of Blade (Eric Brooks) a man whose mother was turned into a vampire while he was in utero, and as a result he was born possessing all of the inherent physical strengths of a vampire, but none of their weaknesses. Able to walk in daylight, he is dubbed the Daywalker and becomes the most fearsome warrior to stand against the bloodsuckers. But he has a vulnerability in that he too must consume blood (or a synthetic serum substitute) in order to survive. Much like Batman or The Punisher in his dark, brooding quality, Blade is a much more violent and somber figure. What separates him from the vampires he kills isn't that he is more human or peaceful by nature, certainly not since he is capable of equal if not greater acts of brutality, but that he is symbolically killing the monsters that remind him of what he might become if he loses his self-discipline.

As Blade, Wesley Snipes gives an appropriately iconic and thrilling performance and shows that he can not only play the inner turmoil of the half-human, half-vampire anti-hero, but also displays his physical prowess in the action scenes. Stephen Dorff who plays Frost, an ambitious and sadistic vampire with a goal of total domination over both humans and vampires, gives an equally thrilling performance layering his character with humor, brutality, and sex appeal. Kris Kristofferson plays Whistler, Blade's mentor and the inventor of his unusual arsenal, with a slightly grimy, curmudgeonly charm.

Despite the fact that the film makes many departures from the comics, the end result is an admirable and very exciting action film that reinvented the Marvel Comics character as well as the entire approach to vampires in films. Unfortunately, the sequels failed to live up to the original film (Blade II isn't bad, but it's script is fairly dull, while Blade: Trinity is just awful on every conceivable level), so I'd recommend just avoiding them or if you decide to watch them, go in with low expectations and just focus on the special effects and action.
Teaser poster Poster DVD After the blood bath... Karen Whistler Blade and his muscle car Frost Enemies face each other... Blade versus Frost Goodbyes
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April 15, 2011
You should have posted this as a full review. It had enough depth and detail to qualify.
April 15, 2011
Not in my book. It did remind me that I need to review this at some point though. For some reason I thought I already had. LOL!
July 12, 2011
I agree with Woop. It mmay not qualify as a review by your standards, but it does by almost everyone elses. :)
July 12, 2011
Ah, well, everyone should change their standards then so I look a little less anal.
July 12, 2011
Aw, but that's the perfect reason to adapt... to make me appear less of an OCD dweeb.
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Quick Tip by . August 30, 2010
Awesome butt kicking Vampire action movie back when Vampires were kinda cool.
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
as far as action movies go this one does not fail to far as vampire movies go...its really not that great.
review by . February 08, 2009
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Before (almost as long as I can remember) DC comics had the monopoly on comic-inspired blockbuster films. Marvel had some movie adaptations but none of them took its source material quite seriously. Examples were Roger Corman's unreleased "Fantastic Four", "The Punisher", "Captain America" among other abysmal adaptations--Well, all these were before "BLADE". The film is directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David Goyer and based on the character …
review by . May 17, 2009
Blade is the first film of the Blade franchise. Loosley based upon a character that appeared in Tomb of Dracula. Blade (Wesley Snipes) is the son of a vampire. Half human and half vampire, he's what you would call a day walker. But he needs to feed on blood in order to survive. The movie follows Blade as he prepares to wage war on the vampires. Within the vampire organized society, there's a struggle for power. Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) wants to become the new leader. Dragonetti (Udo Kier) doesn't …
Quick Tip by . September 24, 2009
Blade really kicked off Marvel's film adaptations. Blade tells the story of a half-human half-vampire warrior who must fight the vampires!!!
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The first film of the Blade series.

Blade is a 1998 vampire action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. The film was directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer. Snipes plays Blade, a half-human and half-vampire who protects humans against vampires. Blade grossed $70 million at the U.S. box office, and $131.2 million worldwide. Two sequels, Blade II and Blade: Trinity, were subsequently produced.

Based upon a character from the Tomb of Dracula comic book series.
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Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: August 21, 1998
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: David S. Goyer
DVD Release Date: 2001
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema
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