Blade II (2002)

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8.5 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 9/10

Better than Blade, better script, better visuals

A little too much fighting at the end

 
Movie Info

Movie Name: Blade II

Studio:   Amen Ra Film

Genre(s): Comic Book/Action/Adventure/Horror

Release Date(s):  March 22, 2002

MPAA Rating: R

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I don’t fear the Reaper!

Blade (Wesley Snipes) is back and has to hunt down his former partner Whistler (Kris Kristofferson).  Blade cures Whistler of being a vampire…but can he be trusted?  With his new tech partner Scud (Norman Reedus), Blade and Whistler learn that the vampires are being hunted by a new breed of vampire infected with something called the Reaper virus.  Led by a man named Nomak (Luke Goss), the Reapers have to face a team of vampires called the Bloodpack now led by Blade.  Blade fights to control the Bloodpack and a vampire named Rheinhardt (Ron Perlman) and while finding himself attracted to the head vampire’s daughter Nyssa (Leonor Varela).  As Blade seeks out the Reapers, he has to watch his back because anyone could be the enemy.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Blade II took the slightly above average Blade and tweaked its format to made one of the better comic book movies.  The movie was pretty critically acclaimed and some of Guillermo’s future movies can be see in the style and design of the characters involved.

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Well, I think we need more cowbell!

The original Blade was ok.  It took a relatively unknown character and made a pretty stylish movie.  Guillermo increased the style for this movie.  Blade moves a lot smoother, looks tougher, and it is much smarter story than the previous film.  The story has a lot of twists and turns and the bigger looking budget, combined with Guillermo’s style, helps propel the film.

With a stronger script, the acting gets better.  Granted in Blade II, everyone in the film just seems to play “pissed off”, but it works for the film.  Wesley Snipes grows in the role and has developed into Blade.  Ron Perlman always plays a good, strange character, and it was fun (but a big stretch) to bring Whistler back.  Scud was kind of obnoxious, but he was supposed to be an obnoxious character.  I wish there had been more time for the head Reaper Nomak, but it just was a full movie.

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I recommend Aquafresh!

Blade II does get a bit fight heavy at points and it doesn’t seem like Blade is in much danger. The start of the film has a lot of fun fighting, but by the end of the movie, I just wish that the fighting would end since it is a whole bunch of little fighting after the sewer scene.  After the betrayal, you know that Blade is going to have a big throwdown with Rheinhardt but it seems to go off too easy.  There is no big end moment for Blade’s character, at least in a big fight sense…the Nomak fight just doesn’t cut it for me, though he does have a nice moment with Nyssa.

Blade II is one of those “better than the original” sequels.  It is a fun and fast movie that is relatively short.  With Blade, an idea was established and this movie actually progresses the story.  With the improvements in Blade II, it is another reason that Blade:  Trinity was such a disappointment when it was released in 2004.

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Related Links:

Blade (1998)

Blade:  Trinity (2004)

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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