An Unholy Trinity

Wesley Snipes in Blade: Trinity (2004)

With the FBI seeing Blade (Wesley Snipes - Unstoppable) as a vigilante menace the bad-ass vampire hunter not only finds himself battling bad guys but also the authorities who during an operation to capture him cause Whistler's death. Now alone Blade finds himself joining Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds - Harold And Kumar Get The Munchies) and Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel - I'll Be Home for Christmas) who go by the name of the Nightstalkers. With the vampire nation lead by Danica (Parker Posey) having woken up Dracula to try and get their hands on his blood it will be up to Blade to take down the biggest and baddest vampire of all time.

I was one of the few who wasn't overly impressed by "Blade II" as whilst it delivered plenty of in your face action the lack of storyline spoiled it for me. As such I didn't expect a great deal from the third movie "Blade: Trinity" as whilst there was a different director behind the camera once you go down the violently visceral route it is hard to pull back and do something different. Well director David S. Goyer certainly keeps things violently visceral with opening scenes full of special effect laden killing and blood spurting action but for this third movie we have new wise cracking characters who end up dominating the movie which whilst at least adding something different to what we saw before actually dilutes the "Blade" franchise.

Jessica Biel in Blade: Trinity (2004)

Now in some ways the idea that bad-ass vampire killer Blade would take on Dracula, the biggest bad-ass vampire of all time was a reasonable one, well sort of reasonable because after two moves of killing bad guys this third movie needed a bigger and badder bad guy for him to do battle with. But there is more to "Blade: Trinity" than just Blade doing battle with the vampire Don as we also have the set up which sees the vampires lead by Danica manipulating things so that the FBI are after Blade whilst she wants to get her hands on Dracula's essence, I mean blood. And to be honest there is nothing wrong with that either because whilst this is only a vehicle for Blade to eventually do battle with the big guy at least it is a storyline.

Nope what is bad about "Blade: Trinity" is that it ends up diluted by the way the story progresses when Blade ends up hooking up with the Nightstalkers; vampire hunters Hannibal King and Abigail who is Whistler's daughter. Once these characters enter the movie Blade is no longer the focus as we get to watch Ryan Reynolds joking and killing whilst Jessica Biel looking smoking hot and killing. As I said it dilutes the movie which would have been okay if Wesley Snipes hadn't given us a real bad-ass in Blade but his Blade is a cool bad-ass and doesn't need these extra characters taking his screen time.

But that is not all as whilst "Blade: Trinity" has some good ideas it does end up expectedly being all about the special effects and frankly for me the CGI effects of vampires going up in flames was too graphicy. And as for the numerous fight scenes well they have zero flow because they are put together in the editing room with one second edits so there is no artistry to the fights just actors posing in various fight positions.

What this all boils down to is that in truth there are some things which are good about "Blade: Trinity" but the dilution of the movie with new characters and the over editing of fight scenes makes it a less than spectacular third movie.

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