Blade: Trinity (2004)

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5.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 5/10

More vampire action

Too many character, not enough fun, needs a better story

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Blade:  Trinity

Studio:  New Line Cinema

Genre(s):  Superhero/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  December 8, 2004

MPAA Rating:  R


Quick! Which of us can wreck the franchise the fastest?

Blade (Wesley Snipes) is back and in trouble. He and Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) are being hunted by the police and being set-up by vampires led by Danica Talos (Parker Posey). Dracula the Lord of the Vampires (Dominic Purcell) is unearthed by Danica, and Blade is captured by the authorities. When Blade is freed by a group called the Nightstalkers, Blade learns that the Nightstalkers have discovered a means that might end the danger of vampires forever.

Blade: Trinity (or Blade 3) was the first time film of writer David Goyer (who penned the first two Blade films in addition to this film). Following the relatively acclaimed Blade II, Blade:  Trinity was met with high criticism and is generally considered the worst of the trilogy. The movie did spawn a short-lived TV series.


I don’t care if you are lame vampires with Triple H as back-up…You can’t come in

Blade: Trinity had the bad distinction of following the rather good Blade II with the nice visionary look of Guillermo del Toro. Guillermo was going to do Blade: Trinity but dropped out of the project to do Hellboy (2004). The first Blade was fair, followed by a good film, followed by an extremely average last film to round out the trilogy.

Blade: Trinity has too much going on. The first chunk of the movie introduces FBI Agent Ray Cumberland (James Remar) and him searching for Blade (with the help of a questionable psychiatrist played by John Michael Higgins). Blade is captured and freed by the Nightstalkers in a vampire-loaded attack on the station. Apparently, the police completely stop carrying about Blade and his actions after that. It feels like a big waste of time.


Didn’t we learn anything from Ang Lee’s Hulk…mutated dogs aren’t scary

After the police exit, the Nightstalkers enter.  The Nighstalkers were a Marvel Comic creation in the ’90s made up of toss-offs from the old Tomb of Dracula comic…made up of Blade, Frank Drake, and Hannibal King. Here Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) makes the team, but Drake is gone and the others are really generic “tech guys” for the most part.  Natasha Lyonne plays blind…badly and Patton Oswalt and the other Nightstalkers are barely developed at all. Jessica Beil plays the daughter of Whistler (instead of the more logical Rachel Van Helsing) and both she and Reynolds continue their streak of being dull, bland actors that usually bring doom to a picture.

Too many characters and a below average plot (that really doesn’t vary much from the first movie’s goal of a superhuman vampire) creates a rather bore of a movie. Blade: Trinity just isn’t fun, funny, scary, or thrilling. It has no real direction nor does it feel like some great resolution that satisfies. After coming off of Blade II, Blade: Trinity is a disappointment.

Related Links:

Blade (1998)

Blade II (2002)

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