Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #6 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Today we’re gonna finish this trilogy with weakest film in the series, Blade: Trinity.
Alrighty then now we’re talking about Blade: Trinity, ah man. I have basically avoided this film for a good few years just because I heard it sucked so bad. But now for the sake of my superhero film reviews I have to watch it, so yeah I had a look earlier on today and the end result was a film that just doesn’t have the same quality of its predecessors.
So the story in Blade: Trinity involves Blade who is now a wanted man by the FBI after unknowingly killing a human, now he must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: the legendary vampire Dracula.
Honestly I can see a bit of potential in a plot like this, unfortunately its execution is pretty bad. Things play out in dull and predictable fashion at times and this plot doesn’t have the intrigue and mystery that made the previous two films so interesting.
Now let’s talk about the cast and here they’re all okay, but none of them are overly amazing or interesting besides Blade and Whistler, everyone else I couldn’t really care about really.
Firstly Wesley Snipes as Blade still had the same cool persona with moments of coolness and humour, but it felt like the character was lacking some level of skill, charisma and style that he had in the last two movies. Then there’s Kris Kristofferson as Abraham Whistler, Kristofferson is still good in the role and he has his moments to shine even though his screen time in this film is a lot less than before.
Okay time to talk about the new cast members all of which take screen time away from Blade with their boring and needless appearances. Jessica Biel as Abigail Whistler is decent and is relevant because of the plot and her connection to Whistler but honestly wasn’t too keen on her. But someone who is worse is Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King, honestly I used to like Ryan Reynolds but in films like this I don’t really see that much variation in his acting. I just saw Reynolds playing himself cracking jokes and trying to be all funny when in fact he wasn’t all that funny at all.
Then we have Dominic Purcell as Dracula/Drake, he could have been a decent villain if he wasn’t so muscle-bound and generic. His dialogue and body language was barely even intimidating or cool in the slightest. He was a villain that lacked any charm, charisma or unique qualities, he armour made him look like he stole part of it from the Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not impressed. And there are his vampire underlings who were all equally uninteresting. Parker Posey and Callum Keith Rennie as Danica and Asher Talos were just your standard villains who were annoying to watch. And lastly Triple H as Jarko Grimwood was just a large load of muscle with half a brain, he’s one of those muscle-bound character whose main uses is strength but is a bit of fool and I just wasn’t keen on his character in general.
When it comes to the presentation surprisingly its just alright. Straight from the time the film started I felt like the look, tone and atmosphere of this film didn’t match its predecessors. The stylish editing, action sequences and specific fight scenes that were wonderfully done in the previous films are gone. In its place is a pale imitation that does have the same level of flare and awesomeness that the previous films had. The action is serviceable and never does anything unique or cool. Even the CGI which was improved over the last film wasn’t all that impressive.
So why did this film fail the way it did? Well most people point the finger at David S. Goyer who stepped into the director’s chair for this film. Before he had only penned the scripts for the Blade films but this time he both wrote the script and directed, and in the end I think his vision for the film materialized in Blade Trinity, a lacklustre film that doesn’t have the smart style and atmosphere of the previous films. Also I think one of the key issues is the lack of focus on Blade himself, in this film his screen time is taken away to make room for the Nightstalkers, a group that I doubt the film audience really want to see that much.
And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well this film actually introduces the most amount of comic book references the series has seen so far with the introduction of the Hannibal King, Nightstalkers and Dracula. Obviously there’s some updates and changes made to these comic book elements, though some of these changes are a little silly especially Hannibal who got changed from an older and more serious character that changed into the character Reynolds ended up playing.
So to conclude Blade: Trinity is alright but is a far cry from the two films that preceded it. I always found it funny that the film that introduced more elements from the source material in this film series happens to be the worst one. The lack of focus on Blade the character, reduced level of violence and simplicity of the main villain all contribute to the failure of this film. It wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it’d be but again it should have been much better.
Rating: 6/10 (It’s not so much bad as it is disappointing)
So there’s my review people, only 24 more to go. So have you seen Blade: Trinity and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!