Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
USA, 1998. Amen Ra Films, Imaginary Forces, Marvel Enterprises, New Line Cinema. Screenplay by David S. Goyer. Cinematography by Theo van de Sande. Produced by Robert Engelman, Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Kirk M. Petruccelli. Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hays. Film Editing by Paul Rubell.
Wesley Snipes plays a brawny vampire killer who is human but has vampire powers thanks to his mother having been bitten by a bloodsucker during pregnancy. He roams the underworld looking to rid the earth of the plague of the undead, but is up against some pretty tough competition when evil Stephen Dorff hatches a plan to drain Snipes’s blood and use it to unleash a powerful vampire god upon the earth.
Snipes enlists the help of his good friend Kris Kristofferson and his newfound female companion N’Bushe Wright to battle evil in this initially enjoyable but eventually overbearing adventure film that relies too much on gory violence to be entertaining.
Stephen Norrington’s direction falls over from its excesses, while Guillermo Del Toro would inject the proceedings with a little more fun in the sequel.