I wish I could say that this movie had the same impact on me as the first two did. Being a fan of the other Blade movies, this entry into the franchise is kind of a letdown. Maybe I let my expectations get too high after thoroughly enjoying the darker Blade 2. On that note, debating which was better - Blade 1 or Blade 2 - is akin to arguing the merits of chocolate and vanilla - either way you win. Personally I give the nod to Blade 2 just for being a fantastic sequel, which is rare.
Blade: Trinity comes off as neither dark nor suspenseful. It's more like an action/comedy more than a sci-fi/horror film, which totally changes the tone set by its predecessors. Mr. Van Wilder himself, Ryan Reynolds (Hannibal King), and his sometimes funny one-liners are to blame. Yeah, there are some good yucks, but at the expense of making Blade look bad or out of touch - not good. At one point I almost expected Wesley Snipes to turn to the camera, shrug his shoulders and say, "Sorry folks, but I didn't write this script."
That's not to say it was abysmal or all bad, but the other movies set a standard that this one just doesn't meet. The acting is passable, and there are some cool new weapons, but that isn't enough positive to offset the negative. Jessica Biel's character as Whistler's daughter, Abigail, is only so-so. She does kick some butt, but that's part of the problem. She is a human, Reynolds is a cured-vampire-now-human, and they pretty much kick vampire ass through out. This portrays the vampires as non-threatening and weak, stripping any mystical aura or power inherent to the vampires and leaving them to come off as ordinary. Even worse is the original vampire, Drake (Dominic Purcell); he lacks the power to induce fear and had almost no substance to him at all. He certainly doesn't have the omnipotence of Damaskinos of the second film, or even the screen presence of Nomak. His power to morph into things isn't used well and takes away from Blade. Drake comes off as not a real threat, thus no real suspense, and the climax is, well, a dud.
Overall, the movie is decent, with enough action and one-liners to keep some fans happy. But hardcore Blade fans will cringe when Jessica Biel's character downloads MP3s onto her iPod before going into battle. Utterly ridiculous. The lighthearted comedy feel might appeal to a broader audience, but I'd prefer a shift back to the dark/suspense/thriller/horror aspect from the comedy/action direction that this movie has.
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