Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA/Germany, 2002. New Line Cinema, Amen Ra Films, Marvel Enterprises, Imaginary Forces, Justin Pictures, Linovo Productions GmbH & Co. KG, Milk & Honey Pictures, Pacific Title and Art Studio. Screenplay by David S. Goyer, based on a character created by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan. Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain. Produced by Peter Frankfurt, Tomas Krejci, Patrick J. Palmer, Wesley Snipes. Music by Marco Beltrami. Production Design by Carol Spier. Costume Design by Wendy Partridge. Film Editing by Peter Amundson.
The vampire hunter is back and this time he’s got a brand new enemy. Wesley Snipes returns to the title role as the half-human, half-vampire superhero who takes to the streets at night to rid the world of the bloodsucking foes who have long dominated his existence. This time, however, it is his age-old enemy, the head of some kind of “vampire organization”, who has approached him to enlist his help. It seems there is a new strain of vicious predator out in the world, one who feeds on vampires as well as humans, and is determined to create a new race of creatures that does nothing but create destruction and chaos. Does Blade sign up with the bad guys to fight the even badder guy? Of course he does, but he’s also watching his back just in case. A much better story line than was featured in the mundane 1997 original is a real plus here, not to mention imaginative direction by Guillermo Del Toro that keeps the action high up in the air while also serving to the more grotesque tastes of the franchise’s most dire fans. The convoluted plot of bad guys and good guys constantly being switched up makes for headier viewing than you would expect from the genre, and the villains are at the same time impressively scary and deliciously stylish.