BLADE-TRINITY is a fantastical ride of a movie that even those of us fatigued by the larger-than-life comic book hero flicks literally poured out weekly onto the hungry theater big screens can tolerate. The production values make the most of clever weird appliances and nasty structural situations that defy reason: the animation (vampire Pomeranian dogs, transformation costumes for Dracula AKA Drake, conflagration disintegration of human bodies by the silver tip, human blood farms, endless variations on the vampire denture appliances, etc) is entertaining as is the copycat choreography from the CTHD ilk of films.
The cast of characters has broadened, some with bit parts played by big names, others by naughty funny parts played by newcomers. Wesley Snipes has little acting to do as Blade, the daytripper semiVampire, but his presence is strong. Kris Kristofferson was plugged into the story as a non-additive cameo with Jessica Biel as his daughter, the one who leads the Blade Aides, Parker Posey is given a tour de force role as a really bad Vampirette, and yet another fine Australian import Dominic Purcell makes a handsome Drake/Dracula. But for the new viewers some of the best parts of this entertaining blood bath enter in the form of Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King, a hunky, buff grossly under used actor with a keen sense of comic timing who can bring script lines alive with his delivery and light up the screen every time he is given the chance. This comedic touch, a tongue in cheek approach to the silly story, is taken up by all the characters but with less successful effect. Reynolds just makes it work!
You gotta be in the mood for this kind of film, but at last here is a comic book scary hero movie that is full of entertaining laughs - and that is somewhat of a first! Grady Harp, February 06
Pros: Ryan Reynolds, semi-decent plot Cons: Characters make stupid mistakes, excessive language use, script, some acting The Bottom Line: I think this movie had promise, and could have been pretty good if it had not been for certain factors... Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. While out doing errands the other day, my sister calls me, requesting that dad and I go rent a movie; Dumb and … more
Pros: Fight sequences; Snipes as Blade; special effects of course. Cons: The script has some noticable holes. The Bottom Line: All-n-all, Blade: Trinity was an enjoyable movie, but only marginally so; I do like a viable plot to go along with my senseless violence, thank you very much. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Even though I am a Marvel Comic Books fan, I have to admit that my … more
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A ramped-up techno soundtrack bleats out adrenaline-pumping action tunes while leather-clad vampire slayers smash through walls and floors and ceilings, break windows with their bodies, and occasionally defy gravity. Cascades of flying glass sparkle in the air and crimson pools of blood shine on the floors of warehouse dens where the hungry creatures hide. This is BLADE: TRINITY, the third installment of the film series adapted from Marvel comics. Here, a new challenge faces the preternaturally sharp hunter, Blade (Wesley Snipes), when a group of vamps resurrect the long-slumbering "Drake" (Dominic Purcell)--the ancient and all-powerful Count Dracula--and Blade meets the ultimate opponent. Teaming up with the Nightstalkers, a group of similar-minded hunters led by tough slayer-hottie Abigail (Jessica Biel) and her joke-a-minute partner Hannibal (Ryan Reynolds), Blade is ready for battle. However, Drake's handlers are an unruly bunch themselves, with sassy goth wench Danica (Parker Posey in a wonderfully...