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... more », led by Whistler's strong but beautiful daughter Abigail and the wise-cracking Hannibal, they must finally defeat the vampires or face inevitable extinction.« less
Jason C. (JJC) from NEWARK, NJ Reviewed on 9/29/2008...
The third installment of "Blade," I'm sorry to say, it an utter disappointment, especially when it had to follow the greatness that was "Blade II."
"Blade Trinity" opens up in Syria, where a group of vampires led by Danica Talos (Parker Posey) enter an ancient temple which inside holds the burial site of a legendary vampire, Count Dracula (a horribly miscast Dominic Purcell). He is awakened in a ploy to lead the vamps to total world domination. Meanwhile, Blade (Wesley Snipes) is still kickin' vamp-ass back home in the States. However, in a rather interesting turn, Blade is fooled when he kills a human who is disguised as a vampire and in a frame-up, caught on tape doing so, this alerting the FBI to his presence. Blade blows this off and returns to home base, but Blade's mentor Whistler (a tired but still able Kris Kristofferson), warns Blade that this is something to worry over, for in the public's eye, it's cold-blooded-murder!
After a few leads, the FBI locates Blade's domain and raids it. But Blade and Whistler fight on, unfortunately Whistler gets severely wounded and dies (for good this time), when he self-detonates the lair. Blade is then captured and taken into custody. Not bad so far.
While in custody, Blade is interrogated by a psychologist (working for the vamps) who requests that he be transferred to a hospital, most-likely to be terminated, which then gets Blade out of the way for the vamps' ploy. But Blade is then rescued (good action/escape scene here) by young vamp-hunters Abigail Whistler (the sexy Jessica Biel), the daughter of you know who, and Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds), who was once a vamp and was converted back. The vamp-hunter duo, take Blade to their domain where they have a team of their own, basically all youngens. They, like Whistler, keep up with technology and create different weapons of mass vamp destruction. Too bad these characters are all uninteresting, they should have kept Whistler.
They alert Blade to the fact that the first vampire that started it all, Dracula, has been awakened and the vamp's plan to conquer the known world. But the little anti-vamp squad has developed an agent to kill him, but will it kill Blade as well? I’ll stop here!
David S. Goyer, writer of all the "Blade" films, makes his directorial debut here, and a decent job he does, but let's face it, he's fresh-meat and should not have been given the duty to follow up the greatness Guillermo Del Toro gave us with the second installment. Though inexperienced, I expected more from director Goyer (who knows this material quite well being the writer). This film falls short and I'll tell you why.
First off, the action. Yeah, it has some, mind you some, cool kick-ass action scenes, but after seeing the turbo-boost of ass-kicking in "Blade II," you are left saying to yourself "what the hell happened here?!" But hey, it's always cool to see vampires turn to ash in a "Blade" flick...but Goyer should have given us more, much more! Secondly, the gore. Almost non-existent. The first two films were gore fests (especially "II"), here, elements of gore...mere cameos. Total let-down. Third, the comic-relief. I remember when I heard Ryan Reynolds was going to be in this, and I said "oh no," but then I thought, well if Ashton Kutcher (and I can't stand him) can do an impressive serious turn in "The Butterfly Effect," I'm sure Reynolds can knock this vamp-hunter role out no problem...but wrong. He annoyed me, he was too much comic-relief, in a film that supposed to be a dark, horror-actioner. Yeah, he has a few funny moments, but I'm sorry guys, throwing 'Van Wilder' in this movie and having him play a wise-crackin' bad-ass vamp hunter, was just ridiculous! At lastly, the story was pretty weak, half-assed even. I mean the villain is Dracula, and you'd think they'd go out all on this, but they don't. Dracula is miscast and written uninteresting. So much more and so much better could've been done!
On the good side:
Snipes is still in great form, never loses his character, he's the same old Blade since day one. As I said before, the action is cool, even though it doesn't measure to the second film. There's a really cool car chase scene in the beginning, just wish it was a bit longer. Blade also has a few new gadgets, those were cool. Jessica Biel was decent in her role, ultra-sexy and looks good kickin' ass! Parker Posey steals the scenes she's in as the secondary villain, looking grotesquely sexy and evil. The fight between Blade and Dracula was okay, but again, too short for my taste.
Overall, "Blade: Trinity" doesn't cut it. Most definitely the weakest of the trilogy. When you have a solid sequel like "Blade II" to follow up on, you don't give a rookie director this task, you get someone that knows he can do the job accordingly. Goyer is a great writer, but I think he should've stuck to just writing this venture.
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This Blade Doesn't Need Sharpening
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 12/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard that "Trinity" was on the way, I had my reservations about it. I was worried that the film would become cluttered with heroes, what with Blade and Whistler fighting necksuckers, and now Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler thrown into the fray. Somehow, a balance is found between the heroes that keeps all of them out of each others way.
The plot is reflective of the other films in that once again the vampires are looking for a way to become daywalkers. Instead of calling up a vampire god or creating a mutant race though, they decide to go to the source of their "virus"--Dracula. Hoping to use his blood to make them perfect immortal beings and eventually herd humans like livestock to feed them, a group of vampires seeks out and revive the dark prince. He looks like something from a GWAR concert, then morphs into this medieval looking guy. Dominic Purcell portrays him, and does a better-than-average job. Parker Posey plays a vamp who is very over-the-top. At first, I didn't think she'd work in this picture, but she does a really good job. WWE fans were happy to see Triple H get his chance to flesh out a vampire with silver caps on his teeth. His character is like the schoolyard bully of the bunch. He's big and bad, but has a soft spot for Pomeranian dogs. The rest of the vampires are pretty stock as far as modern vampires go. They somehow all know martial arts, are unusually good at science, and enjoy techno music.
Wesley Snipes looks very comfortable in his role as Blade. His character has lightened up a bit as far as humor goes, but he's still one bad mama-jama. Kris Kristofferson looks comfortable as the tough old fart/father-figure Whistler. Jessica Biel was very good as Whistler's daughter, Abigail. Of all the characters, she seems to be the one person you'd least expect to play a butt-kicker, but she pulls it off in grand style. Ryan Reynolds plays Hannibal King, a smarty pants vampire hunter who was once one of them. His one-liners are hilarious most of the time, but he gets pretty annoying during parts of the film. His humor was probably highlighted a little more than the average "Blade" audience member goes for, but I think he did a pretty decent job. The rest of Abigail and Hannibal's group, the Nightstalkers, features a pretty stock bunch of characters who are really only here to provide weapons and victims for the film.
The action is much better than in the second film. There is very little evidence of CGI tampering in the fight sequences this time around. The majority of the action is shot up-close and personal. Blade, as usual, has that strike-a-pose mentality about him and has some very good-looking moves in this film. Hannibal is mainly a gunslinger. Abigail favors a bow and her boots when it comes to killing vampires.
Of course, no "Blade" film would be proper without some techno music. This time around the music has a little nu metal flavor to it and more of a gangsta feel than the other two films. The music should be considered a major character, since it moves the entire movie at a swift pace. Of all of the films, I believe that "Trinity" has the best soundtrack.
I've heard that this film would be the final installment in the "Blade" series. That's probably a good idea since it looks like the vampires are starting to run out of options to become daywalkers. I've also heard that this movie is going to be used as a springboard for the characters of Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler. Much like the Elektra character in "Daredevil," I'm sure that this duo can pull off a film on their own. I don't think they will have the drawing power of "Blade," but there is an audience out there for them.
One other note, this is the first "Blade" film to feature the easily recognized Marvel tagline at the beginning of the film. It's nice to see that Avi Arad and Stan Lee are finally giving a little more respect to this series, since it seems to have done pretty well without them the first two times around.
Well, I recommend this flick to fans of the first two films and folks who liked "Daredevil" and "Punisher." Also, if you like brooding heroes or action flicks like "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," I'm sure you'll enjoy this film. Children should not see this movie. It isn't so much that it is scary, but f-bombs drop left and right in this flick. The signature burn-up of vampires is also here, so that might be a little disturbing for some kiddies. The R-rating is well deserved due to the excessive foul language(more than the first two films) and the obvious vioent aspect of the film. That's just something to keep in mind if you're turned off by cursing. I get pretty tired of it in a film if it seems to be put in just to have the character come across as tougher or meaner.
Hope you enjoy this movie, it's a fine addition to the "Blade" saga. "
Changed my mind - thank goodness
D. Rumbold | Tualatin, or USA | 03/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember sitting in the theater, watching the regular release of Blade:Trinity and feeling utterly lost. What happened to his car? Why was Drake so NOT scary? Why the focus on Jessica Beale when this was Blade's movie? Then I rented the unrated version. The extra footage completely changed the movies. I felt the connection in this film that I felt with the first two. This was a Marvel movie, this was a dark and scary hero fighting even darker, scarier monsters. Wesley Snipes was upset with the original cut. Blade simply was not Blade. With the recut, Blade walked that sword's edge between the dark and the light. Dominic Purcell turned in a decent performance in the original cut, but in the recut, Drake was not only scary and sexy, but also tragic. This was a Dracula who was seeing the end of his race. He was creature that was watching his people fall from the status of God's to advertisements for marital aides and Drac-Cola. I still don't get Parker Posey as a Vampire but the sly in jokes - for instance the blonde vampire named Asher and other little in jokes peppered about certainly made up for her performance. This was the movie that should have been released, simply because we find out what happened to the damned car!"
What a terrible ending to a very good action franchise
Stephen Broome | San Diego, CA | 01/23/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Picking up at the tail end of a a great action franchise, David Goyer manages to murder it with an extreme finality. A decisively fatal blow that the incompetent, non-threatening vampire antagonists in Blade Trinity can only dream about. While it's admirable that he would attempt to 'stamp' this film with his unique style, less flattering are the realizations early and often that (a) he fails miserably in both writing and directing and that (b) realizing both roles means he only compounds his own errors at each turn.
Directed in a Michael-Bay-remakes-Torque style, Goyer hides a water thin plot behind accelerated running, slow motion walking, more one liners then 'The Last Boy Scout', and well.. random nonsensical development. Supposedly, our storyline is that Blade, long the scourge of the vampire nation, is now the victim of a sprawling conspiracy plot wherein law enforcement and the media are used to frame him for murdering a human.
Other than making blade finally turn into a vampire it was the most logical direction to conclude the franchise. Not logical is the concurrent plot that the 'original vampire, Dracula, has been found in Syria and resurrected to lead the vampire nation. This is problematic because of the limitations of Goyer's imagination, which forces the original vampire to simply be a more muscular version of Stephen Dorff from the first film, without any of the screen presence or entertaining dialogue. The same limitations apply to the vampires' plot to kill Blade which seem to rest largely on the idea of putting him in a room in handcuffs. In fact several of the sequences including the ending seem to directly contradict everything else established about him. - If he is in fact so powerful why is he at turns treated with abject fear and simply reservation by his subordinates? - If he decides to take care of Blade himself, why does he simply lead Blade on a homoerotic, crouching tiger influenced, building top chase to give Blade an ultimatum? - The blood bank so crucial to vampires is guarded by.. a woman sitting at a computer? - If Dracula is in fact a shape shifter how does he walk to a hidden fortress in his regular clothes and then assume the appearance of a man wearing a trench coat? - Are his clothes shape shifting as well? It's not just the suspension of belief that damns this movie, it's the suspension of interesting dialogue story, plot development, or characterization that destroys it from the beginning.
Additionally, Goyer's directing reveals a skill that certain filmmakers (spielberg and cameron come to mind) have that others seemingly never will. Scale, the creation of it, and the consistency of it are far, far beyond his skill, as is action direction. Goyer's revelation of dracula for example looks no better than a commercial for a Xena rerun. No individual characters are impressive throughout, and even the epic ending conflict feels smaller than the conclusion of the second film in the series. There are a couple of positives. One, the idea that a blind woman watches the security cameras with her young daughter is the funniest idea since the central premise of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.' Two, Ryan Reynolds is great on screen and consistently funny in an otherwise uninteresting story. And third, Jessica Biel is gorgeous. So.. make that a few positives.
Let's hope if this series goes in the indicated "Night Stalkers track down Blade" direction, a competent person is given the charge of the story. until then just watch Underworld or the first two Blade flicks again."
BLADE'S GETTING RUSTY
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 05/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One thing has been dominant in the trilogy of BLADE movies: incredibly choreographed fight scenes. They exist in this latest entry, but by now they've become parodies of themselves. Sure, seeing the vampires burst into flame and ashes was neat..for a while..but by now, they too are so casually executed, there's little impact. As for the music, well, suffice to say I prefer a real movie score and not all this rap/hip hop stuff crammed in to sell soundtracks. Wesley Snipes is effective as always but I wish he would show his human side a little more often; he seems so impervious to that side. Dominic Purcell as the buffed up Dracula (Drake) is smarmy but not all that threatening and the climactic battle is far below par. Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel as the Night Stalkers added some humor and depth, but they ended up also being too cartoonish. And for all of Reynolds' buffed up torso, he still came across rather wimpy. Kris Kristofferson doesn't get much screen time in this one, and he seems kind of bored. Parker Posey hams it up but her character is so unlikeable, one can't wait until she gets hers. BLADE TRINITY is full of the eyepopping camera wizardy we've come to expect from the series, but it's storyline is merely a reworking of the first two movies and although it should be the last in the series, the ending does smell of a possible sequel. But if the vampires are all dead, who will BLADE fight?"
Good action movie, especially if you have a 6.1 channel H.T.
J. J. Amaya | Mexico | 05/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a " good " movie, a lot of action, maybe the best of the Blade trilogy, like most of the action movies is predictable, and to compensate it the story gives Blade some help from people we never knew they exist, but it's only an action movie, I can't judge it too hard. What I really like is the DTS ES, is amazing, the additional surround channel really makes a diference, if you have a H. T. with 6.1 channels, get this movie, it's worth it."