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This film is absolutely incredible! Wesley Snipes is at his best!
The film is about Blade, whose mother was attacked by a vampire whilst she was still pregnant with him, which made her water break and she gave birth to Blade, but died in the process. A half vampire half human, he has all of the vampires' strengths and none of their weaknesses, bar one...the thirst to feed on blood! Having been found by Whistler, they decide to team up to take on the vampires.
I first watched the whole Blade trilogy whilst absent from school with illness, and actually, despite being unwell, this film was such a great watch that I was more than happy to kill 5 hours of my day watching this whilst sneezing uncontrollably.
From the go, this movie is action packed with Blade entering a vampire nightclub to kick some ass! The film then continues to show how the vampires lived in secrecy but Deacon Frost wishes to take control of the world using 'La Magra', the blood god! With this plan hatched, it is up to Blade and Whistler to stop Frost before he can ensure vampires take their 'rightful' place at the top of the food chain.
The music from this movie is great, its filmed very well and the story flows succinctly. Every fight scene is incredible and well-choreographed, and by the end of the film you'll want to grab your version of Whistler and go find some vampires (if only they existed!)
Blade is a half human half vampire man that spends his life hunting down vampires and killing them. He has all the strengths of a vampire but none of the weaknesses, meaning he can walk in daylight. The only problem he does have is that he still thirsts for blood the same as a vampire, which he despises.
In this film, Blade (Wesley Snipes) is doing his usual vampire hunting and killing but finds out something else is going on by a human turned vampire that wants to rule the vampire world. This vampire has discovered a way of harnessing Blades blood in order to turn himself into the ultimate vampire with no weaknesses.
I personally really like this film. It has action, funny one liners, a good cast of actors and above all, it is about vampires, creatures that without thinking about the whole killing and blood sucking thing........are cool!!
The action is constant throughout with brilliant martial arts fighting scenes, something we've all come to expect in every film from Snipes these days.
The acting is not half bad really. There is a lot of corney moments and the script is very limited but what all the actors have to work with, they do pretty well with. At the end of the day, as this is based on a comic, can we really expect anything more than corney lines and scenes.
Although I do like this film, there is one thing I can't stand.........the whole stake a vampire and they explode into dust instantly! I really am not a fan of this, I like the old slowly burst into flames we used to get in the old vampire films personally. This turn to dust instantly came into fashion in the Buffy the vampire slayer series and seems to have stuck for many films! I guess for a younger audience it is not as gross and scary to watch as slowly dying in flames and screaming in agony.
For me, I believe vampire flicks need a bit more horror in them.
Would I recommend this.............................yeah baby! It's fun and you can switch your brain off for an hour and a half!
If your looking for a bit of action and corney one liners, give this a go.
At less than a fiver from amazon it's a must have in my opinion.
It runs for two hours and is rated an 18.
Vampirism is a fascinating and very old cultural artifact that far predates the writings of Bram Stoker, but sadly most modern vampire films tend to be throwaway teen angst flicks with a light horror edge. The original blade is itself pretty throwaway, but largely manages to redeem itself with lots of excellent comic-book violence and some suprisingly decent special effects.
Vampire-killer Blade (Wesley Snipes) is in fact based upon an existing comic book character, and the plot is typical comic book-fare, whereby the existing heirarchy of vampires (who live alongside humans and regularly feed upon them) is disrupted by a young upstart called Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), who is working towards a plan to perform a powerful ritual that will give him god-like powers. Naturally, it is up to Blade to stop him, slaughtering as many of his henchmen as he can in the process.
The film mixes medival aesthetics with modern-day ones, whereby vampire bodyguards in leather jackets and weilding submachineguns and swords guard secret laboratories and underground raves. Indeed, the film opens at just such a rave, in which blood rains down from the sprinklers above to the sound of pumping dance/techno music. The plot is thin but this doesnt really matter in a film such as this, and the frequent action sceens are visceral and well-choerographed, with Blade killing with aplomb with his enemies burn up to nothing upon death. Looking back the cgi effects are a little dated, but they still hold together surprisingly well overall. The performances are all solid but not remarkable, although US country singer Chris Christofferson is particularly enjoyable as Blade's tech/communications sidekick Whistler.
Blade is ultimately a pretty brainless film, but with engaging action scenes, cool music, a great aesthetic and a simplistic but entertaining storyline it makes for a wholly enjoyable horror/action film.
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Of all of the Marvel comic book adaptations, one of my favourite is without a doubt Blade - it is one of the few that's not so family friendly and has a more mature personality to it, recieving an 18 rating for its graphic violence. It is this film that made audiences realise that there was an audience for comic book films, for it preceded both the X-Men and Spider-Man comic book adaptations of the last decade. Wesley Snipes, also, has never been better cast, in the iconic role that he is best known for. The film also spawned two sequels, although only the first sequel was actually any good.
The film revolves around Blade (Snipes), a half-man, half-vampire hybrid who is referred to as The Daywalker, because he doesn't burn up in the daytime like the other vampires due to his half-human origins. He hunts the vampires at night and tries to protect humans from being bitten and turning into vampires themselves. One night, he saves a hematologist Dr. Karen Jenson (N'Bushe Wright), who is attacked by a vampire that comes to her clinic to find blood. He brings her to his lair, where she meets Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), Blade's right-hand man, who feeds him the serum that prevents him from lashing out and eating people, and also helps him with weaponry. Karen decides that she must use science to find a cure for herself, or she will be cursed to become a vampire herself. Things are also complicated by Deacon Frost (Dorff), a man who wishes to become a vampire King, where he will be able to rule the world, and Blade will have to take him down to save the humans.
I loved this film - it dealt with Blade as a "human being" and exposed his past, yet still ensured he was badass. The film has plenty of violence but it's not brainless - it has both a heart and a mind, and Snipes in his best (and signature) role.
Blade is a 1998 vampire film, loosely based on the work of Marvel Comics. The film is rated 18 because of minor sexual references, a whole lot of violence, blood and gore and a lot of bad language and it runs for 115 minutes.
Blade had a budget of around $45 million but went on to make over $131 million worldwide at the box office. It was also banned from being shown in Malaysia.
To begin with, a young girl takes a guy to a club. All is good to begin with and everyone is having a good time. The guy starts to look around and realises he doesn't really want to be there and when the sprinklers start raining blood, he knows for sure he needs to get the hell out of there. In comes Blade with some huge guns and weaponry, and starts killing as many of the vampires in the club as he can. Most of the vampires are terrified of Blade, known to them as the 'Day walker'. He badly burns one of the vamps, Quinn who ends up in the mortuary; unfortunately, Blade didn't actually kill him for good.
Quinn comes back to life (I can't think how else to put that) and bites one of the doctors, Karen and all hell breaks loose again. As Blade is the man of the hour, he busts in and takes Karen back to his lair/ HQ to try and save her. Blade's friend/ assistant, Whistler helps give her some kind of treatment to try and stop her into turning into a vampire as well.
While all this is going on, Deacon Frost and the elder vamps are having some kind of meeting but he is rebelling, saying he has found a way to become immortal and even Blade won't be able to kill him. Blade and Deacon are huge enemies and Blade soon sets out to find out what he's up to, taking out Deacon's minions on the way.
Wesley Snipes - Blade
N'Bushe - Dr Karen Jenson
Stephen Dorff - Deacon Frost
Kris Kirstofferson - Abraham Whistler
Donal Logue - Quinn
Udo Kier - Gitano Dragonetti
Sanna Lathan - Vanessa Brooks
- LL Cool J was originally considered for the part of Blade.
- In the scene where Blade is chased to the subway, and the subway train is passing by, all the passengers are cardboard cutouts with the special FX man among them.
- The Vampire Bible is referred to as "The Book of Erebus". Erebus is a god of darkness according to Greek mythology.
- Amount of people killed in this film - 88
I haven't read the Marvel Comics that include Blade so I have nothing to compare this to, but I loved it! From the very start I was hooked. The club looked creepy and you just knew something bad was going to happen and then Blade walks in. What an entrance! The 'Day walker' walks into a club full of vampires very calmly and just starts killing everyone. I thought this was a great way to start a film as it instantly gets the viewer wanting more.
I thought Wesley Snipes was amazing as Blade and definitely the right choice for the role. What I really liked about Blade was the fact that he has two sides to him. He walks around being all cool and collected but killing vampires at the same time, and then we find out he's actually quite normal sometimes. Blade has a heart and even though he doesn't want to, shows a small clipping of his feelings. Blade actually wants to help the world and make vampires extinct, as hard as that will be, and lets nothing stand in his way.
The rest of the cast was also really good, especially Stephen Dorff. Blade certainly has a lot of eye candy for the girls (Not as much as Blade Trinity though). Deacon Frost is selfish, uncaring and downright nasty but Dorff plays him really well. He's supposed to come across as mean and I can't argue the fact that this is how I saw him too.
There is so much gore and violence throughout this film but I don't actually think it's over done. Blade is not so much a horror, but more of an action film but loads of blood. I'm glad I'm not very squeamish though because I doubt I could have handled it otherwise. My sister on the other hand is, and she covered her eyes quite a few times. The film is 11 years old now but the effects don't seem outdated at all. This film has really stood the test of time and I think it can do so for many more years to come.
My favourite lines:
- Blade: You give Frost a message from me. You tell him it's open season on all suckheads.
- Blade: We have a good arrangement. He makes the weapons. I use them.
Cast & crew
Behind the scenes
For me, this is the ultimate vampire movie and now a classic. I bought the box set recently for £7.98 on amazon.com (courtesy of my dooyoo vouchers). The DVD extras are great and I loved watching the ones about the special effects and behind the scenes. I hate DVD's that dont come with anything other than the film. I do think this is more appealing to guys because of the amount of violence and gore but I'm not easily grossed out so I loved it.
This is a film based on the Marvel comic story Blade. This is an 18 rated action film with Wesley Snipes playing the title role.
Blade is half human, half vampire with all of the vampires strengths and none of their weaknesses i.e. he is super tough but does is not allergic to garlic or silver nor does he burn up in sunlight (giving him his nickname "The Daywalker), he does however need to drink blood. Blade abhors vampires and everything that they stand for and so devotes his life to hunting and killing them.
Blade is helped by his friend Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), a human who is consumed by his hate of vampires. He is cantankerous but his love for Blade combined with his rage have made him an expert at what he does - killing vampires.
In this film vampires are not just lone, underground killers but instead the vampire community even have a governing body that lay down a code for how vampires are to act and have made an agreement with humans that they will not kill too many. This is a differnt take on the normal vampire theme and on top of that there are a lot fewer of the wishy washy concepts: for example vampires are not afraid of the cross, there is no holy water and they do not have to be invited in to enter your home.
This film is not just about Blade generally slaying vampires but in this film there is a young vampire - Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) - who does not like how weak the vampire nation has become. He aims to become the new leader and kill Blade. As you would predict this film ends with a big showdown between Blade and Frost.
To this date I maintain that this has the best opening sequence of all time. Blade brings the vampire story into the 20th century without any of the cheesiness of Buffy. In my opinion it is great that this was made as an 18 becuase this allows for some serious action. The fight sequences in this are brilliant and Blade's array of weaponary is much more intresting than just guns. His weapon of choice is the sword meaning there is some great hand-to-hand martial arts stuff in here. For me this film gets the balance of story and action just right.
All three of the main actors - Snipes, Kristofferson and Dorff - play their roles excellently the interaction between Blade and Whistler is especially good. I knew a little of the Marvel story before the film and Snipes plays Blade exactly as I imagined him to be: combining ruthlessness with cool.
This has got be one of the best if the best vampire movies of all time. When I first watch Blade I was only like 10 or 11 so I couldn't appreciate the movie to its fullest. So I bought the trilogy when it first came out, and have watched them all so many times that I can word the film off by heart. The graphics aren't as good as today's but you don't that sort of stuff. When you've got great acting by Wesley snipes, Stephen Dorff, and Kris Kristofferson. The action sequences in this film are great it's like a jet li, or Bruce Lee film but instead of an Asian man, it's a very angry black man that won't revenge. I really love dark films, and the story line fits perfect.
Blades mother was attacked when she was about to give birth to Eric (blade), when she was attacked by a vampire, causing blade to slightly change but was this good that he only changed into half vampire, half human so he could get the revenge on the vampire who attacked his mother. Blade has all of the strengths and none of there weaknesses, except for the first.
The opening sequence in this film has got to be one of the best of all time, when all the vampires are partying. That is until blade comes along to end the party.
Another thing I love about this movie is the music. I wouldn't really know what to call it but the classic stuff just draws me into the film every time. Then they give it a mixture of hip hop and trance I think its trance. Someone could tell me what it is. But it works great with the fight senses.
So if you haven't already seen this film I would watch it, as it shows snipes before he went straight to DVD.
It could be said that two groups have consistently caused major strife in the life of Mr. Wesley Snipes. One is a gang of blood sucking deviants intent on destabilising society, the other are vampires.
Yes, several years before his flight from the Tax-man, Snipes was carving a bloody name for himself in a low budget movie that despite expectations paved the way for future Marvel behemoths like Iron Man and Hulk.
Blade is the tale of the 'Day Walker', a half human, half vamp with all the benefits and very few of the drawbacks from both groups. Born after his mother was bitten, he inherited the strength, speed and apparent martial arts skills that seem always mark the bloodsuckers out.
However Blade has one key advantage over his nocturnal brethren - he can go out during the day and not burst into flames. (Surely a benefit for footy games down the park)
It is for this reason Deacon Frost, a firebrand within the vampire houses, wants Blade for an unholy ceremony of his making. His aim? - to create day walking vamps everywhere and rule the humans once and for all.
As a film Blade wastes no time in slapping you about the face with impressive action sequences. In fact it's famous opening Blood rave still holds today as one of the finest and most disturbing opening scenes to come to DVD.
The action is brutal throughout and makes no apologies for it. Director Steven Norrington is clearly in his element, creating an unsettling and nightmarish vision of life just outside the everyday.
Strangely enough Blade works because of it's almost 'indie' feel. The sequels always failed to match the odd humanity of the original as they became victims to the 'Bigger, louder' Hollywood success machine.
Snippets of empty dawn streets, time lapsed cityscapes and choir-like vocals contrast fantastically with the heavy action set pieces.
It is this idea that brings a edgy realism to the original sadly lacking in the sequels. (Despite Del-Toro's future involvement)
If anything the only downside of Blade is the early CG effects really starting to show their age.
You can probably pick up Blade for next to nothing now so do yourself a favour and remind yourself just how cool it was to see Vamps getting slaughtered to techno music. ...Buffy this aint.
Blade is a vampire film with a difference, and that is that the vampire is the good guy. The same could be said for twilight to an extent. Though, the vampires in that aren't really good, just that they are not bad. This is a film where the vampire hunts and kills the vampires, and actually enjoys it to a degree. Blade cares for humans and works with them for the good of the plannet, making this a different movie.
Blade (Wesley Snipes) is a man whose mother was bitten by a vampire while pregnant, and therefore Blade was born half vampire - half human. He was taken in by Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) at a young age and trained to fight the forces of darkness.
However, things change for Blade one day when he finds a woman named Karen (N'Bushe Wright) who has been biten who he can save. Though in the fight to save her, he crosses paths with a dangerous, powerful young vampire known as Deacon (Stephen Dorff) who is bent on yet more powerful, though the only one who has the power to stop him is Blade.
Now, i know that this sounds like your typical plot in many ways, but Blade is different in the way that it is so dark at points, and its use of excessive violence and blood is a delight. Wesley Snipes is fantastic in this role, as the cold, aggresive vampire hunter, as he manages to express well the feelings of loneliness and anger portrayed, as well as conveying someone well with a haunted past.
The films runs at a steady pace, sometimes slowing a little too much, but this doesn't happen frequently, so it's a hard movie to get bored with throughout. Regular does of intense gore prevent it from getting anywhere close to boring.
Special effects are used well throughout, with whoever was in charge of the fake blood clearly having a good time.
This is a delight of a dark horror movie to watch, and i would recommend it to anyfan of gore or horror. Avoid like the plague if your idea of a scary movie is Bambi.
~ The Power of an Immortal ~
Blade is a Vampire action film starring famous actor and a personal favourite of mine Wesley Snipes. It was interesting to know that Wesley as well as starring in the film helped produce it. It is based slightly on the Marvel comic of the character Blade but has been changed to make a dark and sexy film. There are many differences between the comic character and the film. I first saw this film when it was first realised on video and my auntie was babysitting at the time. I've always been a fan of vampire films and this didn't disappoint.
I know own this and the other two in the trilogy on DVD box set and I never get bored on them. I am also a fan of Stephen Dorff so having both actors in this film just did it for me.
~ INFO ~
Director- Stephen Norrington
I hadn't heard of Stephen Norrington before Blade as I was quite young but since this film he has directed many other great films including Death Machine and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He has had other offers to direct films such as Ghost Rider and The Crow.
Produced- Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes, Robert Engelman
Written- David S Goyer (Screenplay) Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan (comic book)
Music- Mark Isham
Distributed- New Line Cinema
Release Date- 21 August 1998 (US) - 13 November 1998 (UK)
~ PLOT ~
Blade is a half Vampire half human who slays vampires to protect the innocent race. He is a day walker which means he can go out in the day time unlike normal vampires and is strong, fast and a vicious fighter. Blade has an enemy who has come to town named Frost who is determined to get rid of Blade and rule the city. His past comes to haunt him but he must continue to save the humans from a cold killer. Blade has befriended human Whistler who mentors him and makes weapons for him to use. After saving a young girl from a group of vampires he must keep her from the enemy as well as saving the race.
~ CAST ~
Wesley Snipes - Blade
Blade has had a hard life and now lives as a vampire hunter. He is a hard fighter and is known to the vampires as The Day Walker. He has a ruthless reputation and many of his enemy are scared of him knowing he can find them day or night which is his advantage. Blade seems strong minded and determined to achieve what he sets himself.
Wesley Snipes is a successful well known actor and after Blade has starred in films such as- The Art of War (2000), 7 Seconds (2005) and The Detonator (2006), he has also appeared in the following Blade films to complete a trilogy.
Stephen Dorff - Deacon Frost
Deacon Frost is a powerful and influential killer who has a strong army behind him and a mission to defeat the threat to his race The Day Walker.
He has a lot of money due to his night club and owns an expensive apartment where he is fully protected. Frost is a savage. If is men does not obey him he kills them on the spot and he seems to have a high confidence that no one can touch him.
Stephen Frost has starred in other successful films including- Riders (2002), Alone in The Dark (2005) and World Trade Centre (2006). He has also worked with singer Britney Spears in her music video of Everytime where he appears as her boyfriend.
Kris Kristofferson - Abraham Whistler
Whistler is Blade's mentor and dear friend who helps make weapons and is like a father to Blade. He has lost his real family to the vampires and has sworn to help Blade protect the race. He is a master in Martial Arts and is an expert in weaponry.
Kris is a well respected actor and has been in the film industry for many years. Some of his most successful films are- Planet of the Apes (2001), Silver City (2004) and the new release He's just not that into you (2009).
N'Bushe Wright- Dr Karen Jenson
Karen is saved by Blade after being attacked by a vampire. She is confused, scared and at first runs from him because of what he is. She comes in handy to the Day Walker being a doctor she helps with treatment. She seems to be an independent woman and seems to have a bond with Blade.
Donal Logue- Quinn
Udo Kier - Vampire Elder Dragonetti
Tracey Lords- Racquel
Sanaa Lathan - Vanessa Brooks
~ OPINIONS ~
SCENES and CHARACTERS
Blade has a lot of brilliant scenes and well filmed parts. It was hard to pick out favourite parts as every scene was action packed, interesting and motivating. Straight away we have a cliff hanger and the first part shown in the present day is mind blowing. We see a busy nightclub in town which is packed and buzzing. This is one of my favourite scenes. The music chosen is perfect for the adrenaline pumped dancers. We see an attractive couple walking toward the sound of this place and we are automatically confused with why it is based in a slaughter house. The location is dingy, dark and doesn't look like a typical place for a nightclub to be. The cuts are fast and the action is out standing. As the sprinklers are let off and blood rains on everybody below you understand that the people there are not human but vampires. Liked the way they didn't make it obvious at first what they were, it was done in a clever and mysterious way to catch the audience at the same time as the human man.
The first look we get of Blade is good. As the young man who entered the club realises he is doomed he stumbles on a figure dressed in leather. The camera rolls up to reveal a tall, muscled man with sunglasses. The words Day Walker are mumbled and that's where the fighting kicks in. Unlike other vampire films Blade includes some realistic fight scenes and is not over the top. Blade is fully armoured and is quick, efficient and strong. The camera cuts fast to each fight and the music continues low in the background. The whole atmosphere is done right and it makes the audience involved in the action. I think the character of Blade was casted just right. Wesley Snipes fits the profile and his acting is brilliant as well as being a piece of eye candy for the female viewers.
Deacon Frost is also another well casted character. Stephen Frost has a great look and is acting is also superb. Even though he is not obviously muscled his ruthless and cold ways are more of a danger. The character in the comic books is suppose to be older than the casted actor and have more of a scientific mastermind look but I think for the time this was chosen right. I loved the character of Frost, he is ambitious and even though he is not very liked by vampires he can influence people very well. It's also properly because I have a liking for Stephens Dorff think it helped keeping my attention on the screen.
All of the characters are well developed and we get to know about their past and see them change through out the film.
MISE EN SCENE
I think the whole look and atmosphere of the film was superb. Most of it was filmed at night time obviously being a vampire film most of them are only out at this time but it also helped with the dark and eerie scenery. It gives it a tensed feeling all the way through. The film included many different locations to keep you interested and they varied a lot. There were the dingy places like Blades warehouse and the streets of the city including the alleys as well as the up market classy apartment owned by Frost and the Hospital. The costumes also fitted the film and characters well. Blade's outfit is powerful. The leather coat, trousers and armoury fitted around his chest give him that all powerful look. There is a wide range of weapons which was brilliantly used- the variation of guns used gave it a new modern thrill, the use of swords for personal and explicit combat and the daggers and spiked discs were good for that variation of fighting.
The special effects are also a huge reason why the film is successful. The way the vampires turn to bones and then blow away is a brilliant effect. All of the fighting scenes include many special effects that are done in a polished and perfectly done way. The power vampires have is much greater than humans so all of the fights are enhanced for critical damage but it is not shown as unrealistic like many films do. It shows the characters of having great skills and really blows your mind away. Even though there were some super powers included in the comic that was not evident in the film I think for the time period it is at the highest standard it could be without ruining it.
Blade has a strong story with many anti climaxes to keep you amazed. It has humour, tear jerkers and angry, buzzing action. It includes many elements to appeal to a wide ranged audience and not just the young typical males. The sub plot of romance gives it a level of humanity as it develops the characters well and we see a softer side of Blade other than the killing. The story from the comic book was evolved to make it serious to the action. Blade is not seen as a super hero who properly would have been made fun of and is seen as a different kind of hero which is more realistic to the times today.
I found it interesting that when I was researching the film many other Hollywood actors were asked to do the part before Wesley Snipes these included- Denzel Washington, LL Cool J and Martin Lawrence.
~ DVD ~
The single Blade DVD can be brought on play.com for £5 although I brought the whole trilogy for £10.
* Deleted Scenes
* Cast and Crew (Stills, Text and Soundbites)
* 'Special Effects' Featurette
* 'Designing Blade' Featurette
* 'Behind The Scenes' Featurette
* Audio Commentary from Wesley Snipes and Steven Dorff
* Interactive Menu
* Scene Access
~ RECOMMEND ~
Blade is a fun, sexy and cool vampire flick which has everything you need for a great film. I would defiantly recommend it and it is good value of money to buy the DVD. It is a high quality movie and has excellent acting, fighting and characters. If you have watched any of the others the first Blade film is defiantly the best.
~ thanks for reading~ Blackmagicstar4 Feb 09~ published on Dooyoo and Ciao. xx
Blade could've easily been just another "Vampire Movie" with its recycled vampire myths, and equally disposable update of CGI. Fortunately, it oozes coolness, blending action and horror together in a frantic, yet sensual, manner, which clearly puts it in a league of its own, and establishes itself as a cult classic.
Right from the opening of the film in a nightclub the audience becomes fully aware of what to expect from Blade: great displays of action choreography, nice special effects, lots of gore, and a pumping soundtrack. It's all very exciting, with Snipes at his absolute best as the half human, half vampire Shaft-like superhero.
Snipes has obviously been working hard on his martial arts skills, and Norrington, the director, rightfully focuses upon a number of fight scenes to exploit the tensions between humans and vampires. "There are worse things out tonight than vampires... like me," Blade utters to his beautiful sidekick. He's right: what, with his freakish strength, and immunity to garlic and daylight, any vampire would be foolish to mess with him. But they do, and their persistence makes for a great deal of high energy and gore, which will keep you drooling until the very end.
Stephen Dorff, in particular, makes a vicious enemy (despite being dwarfed by Snipes) via his plans to resurrect the Blood God; though, he must first capture his nemesis of mixed blood, who is the key to opening up a whole new level of vampire domination.
Never being one to read the comic, I wasn't really sure of what to expect of Blade. As far as comic book adaptations go though, this is easily my favourite- not in the sense that it stayed true to its source (I wouldn't know), but in the sense that it greatly surprised me, as well as excited me. On the whole, this, undoubtedly, is a kick ass movie.
Wesley Snipes plays Blade - a half human half vampire all action vampire hunter with an extreme attitude for his job (who the vampres refer to as "Day Walker" due to his human ability to survive in daylight). No kicking asses or taking names, just lots of killing vampires to rid the Earth of the foul undead. Eventually he becomes entangled with a plot to allow vampires to also walk in the day just like
Visual and action scenes are excellent. The 2 plot holes are stupid. The whole "we need 12 pure-bloods to do a revive but we killed one and it still worked" plot hole and the "Whistler shot himself but he still appears in movie 2" plot hole.
I'm always trying to decide if the tattoo's Wesley has here, he also has in Demolition Man. The visuals are wicked and the fighting is well done. I didn't spot the silly plot holes until now (3rd time I've seen it) but they now annoy me.
If your prepared to watch this with brain disengaged then it's a brilliant movie.
Blade was first released in 1998, directed by Stephen Norrington, and starring Wesley Snipes as a half human half vampire, who's mission is to slay all the bad vampires of the world. When I first saw this film I loved it, I was a big fan of the comic books, and watching a big screen adaptation was just well worth the wait. I thought snipes was a brilliant actor to play blade, having seen his early films i.e. passenger 57, and demolition man, this guy is a awesome martial arts expert and can kick ass. If I was to explain Blade to anyone who hasn't seen it, I would describe it as a more violent, intense and action packed Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The film starts off really well; a young man is taken into a secret underground nightclub. At first he thinks everything is cool, then gradually realises this is not the sort of club he wants to be in, as everyone is a vampire. The realisms is shown, when the nightclub sprinklers shoot out blood, which people start licking off each other. With the young mans life in danger, in comes blade, the vampire slayer, or as he is known by vampire the "day walker", and hell brakes loose.
The use of CGI effects and some exceptional martial arts scenes, make the opening fight scene amazing, watching it in the cinema really gives you an intense rush as to how the rest of the film is going to play out. During the scene, badly burns one of the vampires names Quinn, who quickly disappears. Blade tracks him down to a hospital, were a nurse named Karen Jenson is bitten. Blade brings her back to his HQ, a big state of the art warehouse, were he lives; he starts her on some treatment, and wait for her to either turn into a vampire or counter react the bite, this is of course done with the help of Blades sidekick Whistler.
Elsewhere a up an coming vampire by the name of Deacon Frost, is rebelling against the senior vampires, and has a plan to break a secret code, that will make him an immortal vampire, someone even blade will find hard to kill. Will blade be able to stop Deacon and his gang, before all hell breaks loose?
Blade the character and his Background:
The lead character of Blade is played by Snipes, and I have to admit having seen him in this film, I guess it was perfectly made for him. Blade is a day walker, which means he is a half vampire half human. Whilst his mother was pregnant, Frost bit her, turning her into a vampire, and thus making Blade a half vampire. He has the perks of both sides, the super human strength, whilst at the same time the ability to walk out during daylight. Blade is a very lonely character, who has so much anger in him, he doesn't have a true identity, and cant call himself either a human or a vampire, he's an outsider.
Whistler is Blade's right hand man, his mentor and his father of sorts. When blade was young he came across Whistler, who was about to kill him, but changed his mind, trained him to become a slayer, and have had a great relationship ever since. Without Whistler their wouldn't be no Blade, and without Blade their wouldn't be no Whistler.
I loved this film, thought it had everything needed to make a great action film. Although the emphasis was on vampires, it wasn't a all out blood bath movie; it was more of an action film, with some really good choreographed fight scenes, which Snipes is amazing in. What's great about this film is that it actually has a decent plot to work around it, one would at times get the assumption its just about killing vampires, but obviously there is more to it.
There is some brilliant use of CGI in this film throughout the fight scenes, as well as the climax of the film, which again adds more emphasis on the action sequences.
My one disc edition has the following extras:
Cast & Crew Stills/Text
Special Effects Feature
Behind the Scenes Feature (51 minutes in length)
Wesley Snipes is 'Blade', a vampire hunter who just happens to be half vampire himself in Stephen Norrington's slightly dated but fun action film from 1998. Blade, according to the blurb, has the power of an immortal, the soul of a human and the heart of a hero. With his vampire powers, sunglasses, trusty sword, high-tech weaponry and fondness for black leather clothing, Blade battles a covert vampire infiltration and takeover of human society in this slick, bloody, silly and enjoyable slice of comic book nonsense.
Blade begins with a great set-piece. A young man is taken to a secret rave but eventually realises everyone is a bit weird, not to mention unfriendly. Blood comes out of a sprinkler system above and drenches everyone as techno music thumps away. This sequence looks great on DVD. Everyone is a vampire except the young man. They start to beat him up and reveal their fangs but he is saved by the entrance of Blade who proceeds to shoot the place up and kick the $*%* out of about two thousand vampires.
It's good high-octane fun and there is much more in this (no pun intended) vein in Blade. Norrington shows some genuine flair with the fight scenes as vampires dissolve into glowing CGI embers after being dispatched by Blade.
There is a bit of backstory stuff in Blade that slows the film a little but never terminally. We learn that Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire when she was pregnant - hence his powers & hatred for 'bloodsuckers'. Blade has one advantage over vampires - he is able to move around in daylight. To the vampires he is the 'Daywalker' and a mythic figure, not least because he is always killing them.
Blade has a secret wharehouse HQ (not unlike Bruce Wayne's in The Dark Knight) where his only friend Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) serves as a mentor and makes all his weapons. He's like a foul-mouthed country and western cross between Alfred in Batman and Q from the James Bond films. Kris Kristofferson is good fun here and seems to be enjoying himself as the grizzled Whistler. "Catch you f***ers at a bad time?" he asks the vampires after rescuing Blade in a very destructive manner.
In Blade we learn that vampires secretly control more and more of society. They are biding their time until the day arrives when they take over for good and use us for 'cattle'. It seems very few people are actually aware of this but luckily Blade is on the case. There are humans who work for vampires known as 'familiars' who have a tatoo on their necks like a barcode to indicate they are 'property' of a vampire. This central premise that vampires are real and gradually taking over the world is good fun and adds a bit of extra atmosphere to Blade, also making you root for our hero more. "You better wake up," says Blade. "The world you live in is just a sugar-coated topping. There is another world beneath it - the real world."
Blade's battle becomes more complicated in the film when the villain Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) takes control of the vampire world and begins a quest to awaken a vampire God that will endow him with unstoppable power. Young scamp Frost is ruffling a few feathers with the stuffy elder vampire community. "We should be ruling the humans, not running around making back alley treaties with them," says Frost. "These people are our food, not our allies."
If Frost is successful in his God quest the game will be up for both Blade and humanity...
Despite the vampires, Blade is definitely more of an action film than a horror film. It's actually a lot closer to a superhero film than anything else with Blade like an amped up version of the nineties cinematic Batman. The film is very stylish in places although you may find the fast cuts and slow pans a bit overdone. Everything is geared to making the film rattle along at an entertaining pace and it does this. Blade also has a definite Hong Kong feel to it in places and while Wesley Snipes is not Jet Li, the fight sequences are great fun and the lead actor obviously put a lot of effort into doing them himself. There is a scene near the end for example where Blade beats up dozens of Frost's minions to techno music that is both funny and great fun.
There is also a bit where Blade arrives in a lobby and shoots the place up taking out dozens of police/guards that strongly reminds you of the similar lobby scene in The Matrix, although perhaps not quite on such an epic scale. Did the makers of The Matrix watch Blade before they came up with that? I have no idea.
Nit picks? Well the CGI does look a bit dated in places, especially a few of the blood splats. The effects haven't completely held-up here and there. And of course Stephen Dorf, who is just one of the most self-satisfied and rubbish actors ever to step on a film set. However, he is playing the villain here, and while not the most threatening villain ever, Dorf's ability to be annoying works to the film's advantage. You want Wesley Snipes to beat him up all through the film.
Snipes himself is great fun. He isn't a great actor but he's a great action star. His deadpan quips, done with a voice that sounds like it needs a packet of Strepsils, are pretty funny. I loved the moment where Blade approaches a vampire club and is asked if he has an invitation by a burly bouncer. "Invitation?" muses Blade. Cue the next shot of the bouncer crashing into the club through some glass!
Donal Logue as Quinn, Frost's henchman is also a good laugh. He chews the scenery up as he battles Blade and has his hand cut off countless times. Udo Kier also pops up as a vampire elder and you sort of wish he had a slightly larger role in the film.
So overall, Blade is a funky, fast-paced slice of bloody comic book action nonsense that rattles past in an entertaining fashion.
My one disc edition has the following extras:
Cast & Crew Stills/Text
Special Effects Feature
Behind the Scenes Feature (51 minutes in length)
Blade is the first in a series of a trilogy of films it tells the story of how blade was born (the super hero vampire slayer from marvel comics) and how he becomes what he is a daywalker a being with vampire abilities but one that can walk in the sun and has no weaknesses ,he works with his friend who helps him build weapons to fight the vampires ad also produces a drug to sedate his urges to kill himself this particular film sees a new vampire looking to be in charge and also wanting blades abilitys,never fear though blade knows what hes up to and sets out to turn him to dust
I have really enjoyed all three of the films all starring Wesley snipes,he plays the cool collected blade memorably and makes it a compelling movie to watch.The soundtrack and special effects are top notch and the whole cast keeps you wanting more luckily they provide it in films 2 and 3 also a series has been made to but in my opinion isnt as good as the original film,this is a highly packed action scifi recomended for all vamoire fans
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The recipe for Blade is quite simple; you take one part Batman, one part horror flick, and two parts kung fu, and frost it all over with some truly camp acting. What do you get? An action flick that will reaffirm your belief that the superhero action genre will never die. Blade is the story of a ruthless and supreme vampire slayer (Wesley Snipes) who makes other contemporary slayers (Buffy et al.) look like amateurs. Armed with a samurai sword made of silver and guns that shoot silver bullets, he lives to hunt and kill "Sucker Heads". Pitted against our hero is a cast of villains led by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), a crafty and charismatic vampire who believes that his people should be ruling the world, and that the human race is merely a food source. Born half-human and half-vampire after his mother had been attacked by a bloodsucker, Blade is brought to life by a very buff-looking Snipes in his best action performance to date. Apparent throughout the film is the fluid grace and admirable skill brought by Snipes to the many breathtaking action sequences that lift this movie into a league of its own. The influence of Hong Kong action cinema is clear, and you may even notice vague impressions of Japanese anime sprinkled throughout. Dorff holds his own against Snipes as the menacing nemesis Frost, and the grizzly Kris Kristofferson brings a tough, cynical edge to his role as Whistler, Blade's mentor and friend. Ample credit should also go to director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer, who prove it is possible to adapt comic book characters to the big screen without making them look absurd. Indeed, quite the reverse happens here: Blade comes vividly to life from the moment you first see him, in an outstanding opening sequence that sets the tone for the action-packed film that follows. From that moment onward you are pulled into the world of Blade and his perpetual battle against the vampire race. --Jeremy Storey