The movie gives lip service to wanting to separate the myths from the facts when it comes to vampires. It is a little known fact that every culture in the world has a variation on the idea of vampires, most pre-dating their popularization with Bram Stoker’s "fable" Dracula. It should be noted that in Dracula, Stoker conceived the perfect "anti-Christ": a creature who sought eternal life through blood.

(2004) Film Review

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Review by Maurice Broaddus
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CREDITS

Directed by David S. Goyer
Character by Marv Wolfman & Gene Colan
Screenplay by David S. Goyer

Cast (in credits order)
Wesley Snipes .... Blade
Kris Kristofferson .... Abraham Whistler
Ryan Reynolds .... Hannibal King
Jessica Biel .... Abigail Whistler
Parker Posey .... Danica Talos
Cascy Beddow .... Flick
Paul Anthony .... Wolfe
John Ashker .... Campbell
Mark Berry .... Chief Martin Vreede
Scott Heindl .... Gedge
Vitaly Kravchenko .... Lucius
Paul Michael Levesque .... Jarko Grimwood
Natasha Lyonne .... Sommerfield
Haili Page .... Zoe
Dominic Purcell .... Dracula/Drake
Callum Keith Rennie .... Asher
Ron Selmour .... Dex

Produced by
Avi Arad .... executive producer
Kevin Feige .... co-producer
Peter Frankfurt .... co-producer
David S. Goyer .... producer
Lynn Harris .... producer
Art Schaeffer .... line producer
Wesley Snipes .... producer

Original Music by Ramin Djawadi and RZA
Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain
Film Editing by
Kirk Moses (video), Conrad Smart , Howard E. Smith


MPAA: Rated R for strong pervasive violence and language, and some sexual content.
Runtime: USA:105 min

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TRAILERS AND CLIPS
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CD
Blade Trinity (Bonus DVD)
Various Artists - Soundtrack - 2004

The soundtrack to this motion picture features new music from The RZA (Wu Tang Clan) with Lil' Flip, Ol' Dirty Bastard, WC and E-40, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, The Crystal Method, and much more. There are three editions: regular, clean, and deluxe. The deluxe edition includes a 12-page comic by Takashi Okazaki and a bonus DVD with an animated short, a story board animatic and making-of footage, character designs, Blade Manga art, a weapons gallery, behind the scenes footage of The RZA scoring the film, and more. Exclusive liner notes from director David Goyer. PARENTAL ADVISORY.
1. Fatal - The RZA
2. I Gotta Get Paid - Lil' Flip featuring Ghostface Killah & Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan
3. When The Guns Come Out - WC, E-40 & Christ Bearer of Northstar
4. Thirsty - Old Dirty Bastard AKA Dirt McGirt and Black Keith
5. Daywalkers - Ramin Djawadi & The RZA
6. Party In The Morgue (Club Mix) - Kool Keith Presents Thee Undatakerz
7. Skylight - Overseer
8. This Blood - Black Lab
9. Bombs Away (Danny Saber Remix) - Paris Texas
10. Weapons of Mad Distortion - The Crystal Method
11. Hard Wax - Manchild
12. Blade's Back - Ramin Djwadi
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SYNOPSIS
Click to enlargeWesley Snipes returns as the iconic vampire hunter Blade in Blade: Trinity, the explosive third installment in the hit feature film series.

Deep in a remote desert, vampire leaders are resurrecting Dracula, the horrific creature who spawned their race. Now known as Drake (Dominic Purcell), this awesome vampire has unique powers that allow him to exist in daylight.

To make things even more difficult for Blade, the vampiric leadership launches a smear campaign against him, targeting him as a murderous monster and sending the FBI after him. After Blade and his mentor, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), have an explosive showdown with FBI agent Cumberland (James Remar) and his men, it’s evident that the Daywalker will need some assistance. Blade reluctantly teams up with the Nightstalkers, a group of human vampire hunters led by Whistler’s beautiful daughter, Abigail (Jessica Biel), and the wisecracking Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds).

While their blind scientist Sommerfield (Natasha Lyonne) works on creating a final solution for the vampire problem, the Nightstalkers launch a relentless series of battles against Dracula’s gang of the undead, led by the powerful vampire Danica Talos (Parker Posey) and her fanged acolytes Asher (Callum Keith Rennie) and Grimwood (professional WWE wrestler Triple H). Ultimately, Blade finds himself taking on the greatest vampire of all time, as his own fate and that of humanity hang in the balance.

Review by MAURICE BROADDUS
Website: www.MauriceBroaddus.com Email: maurice@mauricebroaddus.com
Holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology (with an undeclared major in English) from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He works as an environmental toxicologist by day and is a horror writer by night. Obviously his areas of interests includes religious studies, folklore, and myths. He is a notorious egotist who, in anticipation of a successful writing career, is practicing speaking of himself in the third person. Oh yeah, he's married to the lovely Sally Jo and has two boys: Maurice Gerald Broaddus II (thus, retroactively declaring himself "Maurice the Great") and Malcolm Xavier Broaddus.

Click to enlargeLet me tell you a story about a trilogy of movies that became a director's franchise. The first movie was a cool little horror movie, the second jacked up the action quotient to roller coaster levels, and the third had all the right ingredients for a great movie, but never quite came together. I'm speaking, of course, of the Aliens Trilogy (sure, there were four in that series, but I expect there to be a fourth entry in the Blade series).

Blade: Trinity is a wildly uneven film that is meant to appeal to the inner juvenile male in all of us.

Here's the rub: I wanted to like this movie. I thought the first movie (directed by Stephen Norrington) was a serviceable entry into the series, hitting all the key points of establishing the character and his mission. The second one (brilliantly directed by Guillermo Del Toro, who went on to direct Hellboy) raised my expectations, extending the mythology of the character and increasing the action quotient. Quite frankly, I went into this movie expecting something like Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (the basis for the movie The Omega Man or The Last Man on Earth).

The "setup" (since using the word plot implies a cohesive narrative structure) sees vampire uber-hunter Blade being pursued by the Vampire Nation; a distraction, since they are really after Dracula. The movie has the feel of trying to be the closing chapter in the series, with both sides talking about finding a final solution to their enemies/problems. Blade is caught in a battle between earthly things, the law (specifically the police and federal agents) and spiritual forces, the vampires. As a hybrid of both realms, being both human and vampire, his dual nature is constantly in battle with each other. Vampirism becomes a metaphor for sin, especially in that for him, it is only the blood that keeps his "sin nature" from overtaking him. Despite his method-acting choice of keeping his face frozen as if he's had one too many Botox injections, Wesley Snipes is having fun during this movie. So much fun that I wish he'd either do a movie based on the comic book character Black Panther or get back to doing movies that stretch his talent.

Click to enlarge The "trinity" in question is made up of Blade (Wesley Snipes) and members of a group calling themselves the Night Stalkers: Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel) Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds). Metaphorically though, you kind of have to wonder how the spiritual (physical in Abigail's case) father to all of them, Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), fits in. His parting observation is that when you are in a war, you can't do it by yourself. As cool as the lone wolf routine may seem, we weren't meant to be alone. This sets up the tricky concept of the trinity. There are three centers of consciousness, yet one being, one mission. Each person of the trinity is co-equal, yet serves different roles. The persons are at once independent and interdependent. And ultimately, the trinity is about relational unity and fellowship.

The movie gives lip service to wanting to separate the myths from the facts when it comes to vampires. It is a little known fact that every culture in the world has a variation on the idea of vampires, most predating their popularization with Bram Stoker's "fable" Dracula. It should be noted that in Dracula, Stoker conceived the perfect "antichrist": a creature who sought eternal life through blood, given resurrection in a new body after three days, defeated by a stake (a piece of the cross), the crucifix, baptism/holy water, or the sun's (son's) light. So while the movie on the one hand tries to run from the vampire's Christian trappings, it turns around and gives their Dracula (Dominic Purcell) a more stereotypic demonic look (which draws upon the look of the strain of vampires seen in Blade II) --that is, when this incarnation of Dracula isn't doing his Fabio impersonation. Yeah, you take him, and all the vampires, that seriously. This just added to the list of failings for the movie: to be a larger-than-life hero, you need a larger-than-life opponent. You never felt this from Dracula: it was as if the name alone was supposed to be threat enough.

Click to enlarge For that matter, all the characters (say it with me) sucked, except for Hannibal King. He was charismatic and funny --the perfect counterbalance to Snipes' Blade --and held the movie together. Then again, that'll happen when you give a character history, depth, a reason for being, and good dialogue.

Put simply, this movie lacked style. The movie provided a showcase for scream queen performances as plenty of vulnerable women are given chances to shriek as Dracula bites them. It even seemed to strive to be a B-movie with some of the over-the-top performances, bad (or badly delivered) dialogue, and gratuitous shower scene. The movie tries to distract us from its lack of narrative voice with fight scenes that never build toward a final confrontation.
Click to enlargePlus, someone decided that the movie ought to be loud instead of cool, since dance club music obviously sets a better mood than an actual musical score (do I need to point out the ridiculousness of Jessica Biel downloading music into her iPod so that she has theme music to kill by? Or a fighter using their ears to listen to music during a fight in the first place?) To add to the "been there" feeling of the movie, the ending plays out with an eerie familiarity if you've seen the first Blade. Sure, there were plenty of moments meant to be high-five moments, for instance, when Abigail stakes a vampire a little south of where my biology class taught me the heart was. Then again, all the vampires in the movie were fairly easy to dispatch. This might be the biggest "sin" of the movie: vampires that aren't scary.

So we have characters that were underdeveloped and direction that lacked style. Sounds as if we can lay the blame for the failings of this movie at the feet of writer/director David S. Goyer.

Overall, the movie borders on being shrill and just this side of cheesy as it can't quite escape the B-movie feel to it. With even the stand-and-cheer moments feeling forced, this movie may please some comic book fans, but lovers of vampire lore, or coherent storytelling, will be disappointed.

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