Reviewed by: Jonathan Rothgeb
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Tcheky Karyo, Daz Crawford, Luke Goss | Directed by: Guillermo del Toro | Produced by: Wesley Snipes, Peter Frankfurt, Victor McGauley | Written by: Guillermo del Toro, David S Goyer | Distributor: New Line Cinema
If you appreciated the original “Blade” then this 2002 sequel gore fest will probably not disappoint. But a big part of me just wonders if this is what we want to go to bed with in our hearts and minds… The night after I saw this I had a difficult time justifying my money spent on this so called piece of “entertainment”.
In “Blade II” we are treated once again to this dark, sword swinging, karate chopping, vampire half breed (Wesley Snipes) who exists to kill as many fellow vampires as possible. He has all the advantages, such as super speed and strength, yet none of the weaknesses, such as susceptibility to silver and sunlight. He does have, however, the “HUNGER” for blood that he is able to keep at bay using a serum that he injects himself with.
We soon find that there is a new enemy out there that provokes Blade into a very fragile alliance with his enemies so that together they might overcome the enemy. They are a genetically altered vampire race that are able to withstand silver and feed on the blood of other vampires, and who threaten to kill, not just all the vampires, but the whole human race!
Technically speaking, this movie disappoints on a couple of levels. Firstly, the transition from “Blade” to “Blade II” is very sloppy. We are forced to sit through about 10 minutes of a boring narrative explaining why Blade is here, why Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) is still alive, and why vampires don’t like Blade. Unanswered are questions like “where is the girlfriend from the last movie” and “why hasn’t Blade become immune to the serum” (a problem which was a big deal in “Blade I”). Secondly, this whole thing with there being this group of super vamps gone psycho just doesn’t work for me. I know we are dealing on a fantasy realm here, but the story still needs to flow smoothly and this one just doesn’t do it. BUT, I must say that the martial art sequences are incredible and almost make suffering through the thick plot bearable.
The filming is good and some of the acting is not bad, but if you’d rather choose a moving picture that will lift up your spirit and have you cheering for the good guys, don’t go here. It is difficult in the end to figure out who is good and who is bad. “Blade II” offers no moral lesson; there is gore in excess and virtually no point in the final outcome of this movie.
In Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, cloth yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” “Blade II” doesn’t even get you to first base. As one of God’s chosen people, I find no peace in this and find it hard to justify spending time, not to mention money, on something that does little more than bring a cloud of darkness over my spirit.