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Blade Film Review

Updated on March 18, 2014


Directed by Stephen Norrington

Written by David S. Goyer

Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff and Kris Kristofferson

Released in 1998

In my opinion, this film stands as the turning point in the Superhero genre, and if it wasn't for Goyer, Norrington and Snipes, we wouldn't be spending billions, going to see the likes of Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr resplendent in lycra and iron for the last few years and for a few years to come. Blade definitely paved the way with regards to studio execs not throwing Ironman scripts away because the character was not as well known as Batman or Spiderman.

Blade is a Marvel Comic Book character who was created by Marv Wolfman (great name!). His mother was bitten by the Vampire Deacon Frost when she was pregnant with the unborn Eric Brooks, who would become Blade. This attack turned Eric in to a 'Day Walker', a new species who has all the powers of a Vampire, but none of the weaknesses. He still suffers with the thirst for blood, but this he tempers by using an artificial serum to substitute for real blood.

The film opens with a human being lured in to a vampire den which is underneath an abbatoir. The ensuing shower of blood and the Vampires playing with their food invites us in to the brutal chaos of their world, a world very different from what Hammer would have us believe in! At the height of the frenzy we are introduced to Blade, weilding weapons made of silver, he kills indiscriminatly. This is his world and his life.

Blade is accompanied in his quest by Whistler. Whistler's family was slaughtered by a Vampire and has dedicated his life to wiping them out. He discovered Blade as a young teenager, and realised he was different to the other Vampires he had encountered, From then on, they formed a working partnership to fufil a common goal.

The story follows Blade and Whistler's journey as they track Deacon Frost. Frost who is not a pure blood Vampire, represents a new age of Vampires who are not willing to follow the traditional values of the established covens. Frost has been studying La Magra, The Vampire Bible. Within this, Frost believes that by deciphering the text, he can unleash a Vampire God and create a world ruled by Vampires.

Snipes gives a superb perfomance as the ulta cool Vampire Killer, the character transformation from page to screen is one of the best that we have seen in the comic book/film genre. The film does not let us completely in to his world, there are a few scenes that leave us wondering, what happened there? But if you watch the film, and love the film, then hopefully you will want to investigate.

The score works well with the dark moods that permeate the film, and the fantastic scene setting compliment the storyline brilliantly.

Although there have been 2 sequels to the original, this film stands head and shoulders above them both. In my opinion it is one the best Superhero films that has been made. Characters, storyline, acting and direction are all on top form and it is a film I can watch again and again and not tire of.



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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      "....and bring the true nature of the character to screen". I like this quote you made, but I'm not entirely sure if Directors will win or lose more fans. Take Batman for example - when Tim Burton took over, a lot of it was dark and depressing, possibly over-the-top and he was kicked out of the production of future Batman films.

      But when you look at Arkham Asylum, a lot of the game shows just how violent he can be, when seeking revenge or capturing criminals. But I have to agree, more superheros could be shown like Snipes was ^^

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      gabrielthomas72 5 years ago from Shrewsbury, England

      With it's 18 rating it was never going to be a huge financial success, but it's a pity film companies don't have the balls to create more Superhero films this way, and bring the true nature of the character to the screen.

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      jessramblings 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I love BLADE! One of my favorite vampire movies ever. It also started my love for all things Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, lol. And yeah, the sequels were ok, but nothing stands close to this awesome, awesome flick!

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      gabrielthomas72 5 years ago from Shrewsbury, England

      Never forgotten! Will link reviews of the the sequels to here soon!

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      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      By sheer coincidence I was watching this last night, I thought people had forgotten about this movie. The success of Blade in 1998 jumpstarted the current comic book movie craze. I liked it a lot and I also enjoyed Del Toro's stylish sequel, not so much the third though it has it's moments. I'll watch them too during the coming week.

      Good review, voted up!

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      Birgitta Zoutman 5 years ago

      Have to agree with you, it's a film I can watch again and again. The sequels were very poor comparison, maybe I should read the comics? When I've finished From Hell ;-) Loving your reviews and look forward to more.

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Wow! An excellent review, and I don't think I can add anything other than: should you make a review for the other two sequels, link 'em here for others to see!

      A fantastic write, and it's a nice 5-minute read. I have to admit, Snipes revolutionized the modern vampire movie making it somewhat cyber-punk like, where vampires have become much more powerful and threatening to mankind. The sequel isn't as good in my opinion, but this was amazing (especially when I saw it at a young age). ^^