The Blade Trilogy Retrospective – Part 2 – Blade II

ORIGINAL POST: October 19, 2011

Hello, I’m MAK2.0 aka HybridMedia………..and I’m back with a VENGEANCE!!!!!!……or my continuation with the Blade Trilogy Retrospective with Blade II.

(This may contain spoilers.)

With the success of the first movie which leads to more successful Marvel movie franchise such as X-Men & Spider-Man, wasn’t it about time for the sequel that started it all? Blade II had made improvements over the first one. The helmer at this is the future director of Hellboy, Hellboy II & Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo Del Toro and of course, David S. Goyer remains as the writer of the franchise and Wesley Snipes returns as the vampire killing bad-ass himself and Kris Kristofferson is back as Whistler, too.

I know in the first movie it seem like he committed suicide by shooting himself but for the past 2 years, Blade’s been searching in parts of Eastern Europe all over and he eventually found him and that was it. Okay that whole plot was finished just like that.

Anyway, there’s a more interesting plot throughout the movie as a new breed of vampires called Reapers. They are stronger than common vampires and they also kill vampires and the way they attack, they have these 3-way jaws and leech-like suckers. Now with them killing vampires, Blade really didn’t give a fuck. It isn’t his problem until the vampire overlord Eli Damaskinos (Thomas Kretschmann) mentioned that after the Reapers kill the vampires, guess who is next? So him, Whistler and Blade’s new (disposable) accomplice Scud (Norman Reedus) meet up this group of vampires called the Bloodpack and the irony of this is that the group was originally trained to kill Blade, but now they are helping him.

The group consists of Nyssa (Leonor Varela), Damaskinos’ daughter, whom Blade first encounter in their sword-fighting scene, along with Asad (Danny John Jules), Rheinhardt (del Toro regular Ron Perlman), Chupa (Matt Schulze), Snowman (Donnie Yen), Verlaine (Marit Velle Kile), Lighthammer (Daz Crawford), and Priest (Tony Curran).

I was pleased with the performances of everyone involved in the movie, especially Ron Perlman. At first, I didn’t knew much about him. He kinda resembles Ice-T for a brief time, but that’s just me. Although I really wish Donnie Yen was used more before he was eventually killed off and the aspect ratio of this film, I wasn’t pleased. I like movies in 2:35 widescreen. It feels more cinematic to me and for future references, I hate fullscreen movies.

The villain of the movie, Jared Nomak (Luke Goss) was a huge improvement over Deacon Frost. He doesn’t seem like a pussy and he does get his hands dirty and fought with Blade more than one time. The final fight scene between Nomak & Blade was satisfying.

The effects also improved from the first movie, although you can tell some of the fight scenes were CGI. There was some stuff you didn’t expect and I was completely fine with that.

I really enjoy the soundtrack and score of the movie. The Blade theme of Marco Beltrami & Danny Saber at the beginning felt electrifying like you’re in the mood for conquer something. The soundtrack clashes hip hop and electro very well at some parts. The Mos Def & Massive Attack song, “I Against I”, is one of my favorites of the soundtrack but “Raised in the Hood” (wasn’t used in the film) didn’t feel like Blade.

My final verdict: Everything in the sequel was vastly improved over the first one and I mean everything. Even RT got it up to 59%, but like I said in the first movie, it should have been rated higher.

My final score: 10/10

Spill.com rating: BETTER THAN SEX!!

and of course, THE KING SEAL OF APPROVAL!!!

 

Now, I might seem like a fanboy of the Blade movies and I have to agree with you but the next review, it’s not gonna be pretty.

Next Week:

My god, this is not gonna end well.

‘Til then, I’m MAK2.0 aka HybridMedia. Bringing all the elements into one format.

Blade (the characters, trademarks, copyrights and logos) –  courtesy of Marvel Comics

Blade II – New Line Cinema.

Music score by Marco Beltrami & Danny Saber

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