Blade II

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Blade II
Genre: Action
Superhero
Horror
Photography: Gabriel Beristain
Running Time: 117 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 22, 2002
Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro
Written by: David S. Goyer
Distributed by: New Line Cinema
Starring: Wesley Snipes
Kris Kristofferson
Ron Perlman
Leonor Varela
Norman Reedus
Luke Goss
Previous film: Blade
Next film: Blade: Trinity


Blade II is a 2002 American superhero film based on the fictional character of the same name from Marvel Comics. It is the sequel to the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, followed by Blade: Trinity

Plot

A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community. The Reaper. A vampire so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Now their quickly expanding population threatens the existence of vampires, and soon there won't be enough humans in the world to satisfy their bloodlust. Blade, Whistler (Yes, he's back) and an armory expert named Scud are curiously summoned by the Shadow Council. The council reluctantly admits that they are in a dire situation and they require Blade's assistance. Blade then tenuously enters into an alliance with the Bloodpack, an elite team of vampires trained in all modes of combat to defeat the Reaper threat. Blade's team and the Bloodpack are the only line of defense which can prevent the Reaper population from wiping out the vampire and human populations. 

Why It Rocks

  1. Blade 2 refines most of the elements seen in the first Blade movie. 
  2. Guillermo Del Toro is endlessly imaginative when it comes to creating new style, action and ideas for the vampire mythology.
  3. While the plot doesn't have much character development, it has just enough interesting twists to keep viewers interested.
  4. Ron Perlman was a standout in the entirety of the film.
  5. This film is a violent and action-filled journey made into a comic-book world and del Toro is not taking any prisoners.
  6. The movie is essentially a platform for Snipes to have fun with his most renowned character and he does so with very entertaining results. 
  7. The movie has reasonably well-rounded characters, suspicion piled on top of everyone, some amazing set-pieces and a good sense of humor. 
  8. The impact of all the blood and guts is reduced by the obvious fantasy of the fights (wires and SFX a lot of the time), but it's still pretty powerful and fun to watch.

Bad Qualities

  1. The sometimes shaky CGI-work.
  2. Some of the special effects look cheap to say the least, especially the use of digital "stand-ins" for the actors that are used in some action scenes to spice them up a bit.