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Okay, this is gonna be short, but...

I went to see Blade Trinity because I'd really liked the other two Blade movies. No, they're not great art, they're not cinematic magic, but they are damn cool action movies with vampires. The term I use to describe them is "Style over Substance" and no excuses for it. Too many action movies take themselves far too seriously or try to make too much of the story.

Not so the Blade movies. Like in porn, the story is secondary to the visual spectacle and action.

So, despite negative reviews and comments, I went with high expectations of just that kind of style over substance, of hardcore action, of cool one-liners and nicely choreographed fight scenes and maybe one or two hot girls in neat outfits.

I got everything but the last. But as an added bonus, I got a lot of laughs.

The movie is pumping, a visual extravaganza. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite measure up to the House of Pain in Blade II, but there's still lots to look at. The fight scenes work and with the added bonus of two normal humans (well-trained, but still normal), we don't just have Blade wading through a sea of easily defeated goons - just he he didn't just wade through the Reapers of Blade II.

As established in the first Blade movie, the science is wonky and the gadgets are James Bond-y, but damn, it works. Wesley Snipes continue to ignore just how good of an actor he really is, though his fight scenes are still spectacular, but we've got Ryan Reynolds (from "Two Guys and a Girl") taking up the slack as Hannibal King, Vampire Hunter with humor. And damn if Mr. Reynolds doesn't have comedic timing. Jessica Biel is in there too, and she looks good, but she's not given the best role to work with and has to be too emotional to be really sexy. All the good lines go to Reynolds.

On the bad guys side we have Drake, formerly Dracula and even more formerly Dagon. I like the guy they chose for this über-badass, as he looks sufficiently different in his ethnicity. Triple H (the wrestler) also does wonderfully in his role as a Jaws-like vampire - he gets an amazing amount of lines and delivers them like any professional actor and in addition, he gets to do a wrestling movie in his big fight scene (Running Power Bomb). Unfortunaly, the rest of the bad guys crew are uninspired and/or annoying, especially the "Wueen Bitch", who is overplayed.

As for the soundtrack - oh, YEAH! Incidentally, you know you've listened to a lot of action soundtracks when you recognize Crystal Method by their sound.

If you liked Blade II, chances are you'll like Blade Trinity. It's got what you'd expect, nothing more but certainly nothing less. It's a good action movie, it's got vampires and what more do you want?

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Reynolds actually ad-libbed a lot of the scenes and they extended his torture scene a little bit because he and the others in the scene were having way too much fun. I think that was one of the key things about this movie that made it for me. The actors were having fun and it shows. While the story and the action scenes were not over the top and IMO weaker against the previous vampire flicks (Stephen Dorf is still the best vampire bad-guy), it was still enjoyable. My only gripe was the way the offed Whistler. Kris Kristofferson’s stage presence as the modern day red-neck Van Helsing was a staple in the other two Blade flicks. They should have kept him in.

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Donor

I had a pretty much similar expectation on Blade:Trinity than Jackob: visual extravaganza, lots of vampires and not-so-bright-yet-not-so-dumb plot.

Reynolds did get the best lines, but the overall movie has its moments. I prefer the not so intrincate human-performed fighting sequences than the CG-Spiderman-like ones, and I was pleased with the ones in the movie.

I liked Drake a lot, because the actor was well chosen and the personality of the character was intriguing and well played.

Triple H performed well and got the job done flawlessly (we have RAW and SmackDown in Portugal, guess who like to watch? biggrin.gif)

I was always a fan of "Q" in the Bond movies and Inspector Gadget, so the weapons and gadgets kicked ass for me (gotta love that melee collapsible bow...)

And you're right Jackob, the leading female villain looked like a Nosferatu Caitiff with oversized fangs...

my 2 cents

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Loved every minute of it except it's end. It was too damned stupid for Vlad to die like this

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Okay, that does it! *Storms out the door to buy the Blade Trinity DVD*

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My favourite piece was the opening actually, with the suited up, highly technological vamps breaking into a crypt to (in my mind) diablerise the ancient therein. A very Sabbat moment, for the rare pack that has the funding to do this. A very Black Hand moment in particular.

I wasn't actually pushed about the guy playing Drake actually. He acted it well enough, but it was about looks. Sure, he was a slab of a guy, but he looked too... polished. Like someone who has spent a lot of time trying to get a very precise air of roughness to his atire. The stupid shirt and beads he wore didn't help. They hair was too perfectly shaved. He had a good build for the role, an absolute slab of a man, but I thought he would have been a lot better to be honestly rough and ... well, but scarred, because of the fleshwarping, but a bit more worn. I did like his Horrid Form though. icon1.gif

My 2c anyway. I still think the first film was the best.

Morrigan

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Hannibal King is my kind of Nightstalker: an irreverent smartass who can kick some serious arse when required! hehe.gif

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I dunno guys, I kinda hated it. blush.gif Couldn't even sit through it. The first Blade was good, but I thought Wesley Snipes took himself way too seriously. The second was also pretty good, but I just couldn't feel this one.

Except the one line: "This is (insert female vampire's name here). Unlike most vampires, her teeth are located in her vagina...OK, moving on."

That one made me lmao biggrin.gif

On a tangent, Wesley Snipes plays the greatest bad guy. See Demolition Man and New Jack City evilgrin.gif

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Donor

Ryan Reynolds' character was - as are all his characters - hilarious. He called her a [CENSORED] juggling thunder-[CENSORED]. hehe.gif

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Reynolds is the man, I have to admit; Van Wilder is the best thing to come out of National Lampoon in YEARS.

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He was also on a couple episodes of The Outer Limits and one of The X-Files. He's dating Alanis Morissette, and was offered the role of Xander in the Buffy TV series.

Useless trivia, how do I love thee?

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The one thing that this movie lacked that made the last movie cool (for me, anyway):

Ron Pearlman

I loves that man!

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WhiteWolf
The one thing that this movie lacked that made the last movie cool (for me, anyway):

Ron Pearlman

I loves that man!

We all do.

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Donor

He surprised me in City of Lost Children.

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Donor

Yep; I loved Hellboy, too, amongst his many other works.

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I heard they were doing a sequel to Hellboy...

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Donor

Yes, and that fact makes me a happy little flower. *smiles with glee*

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You 'n me both. I want more Cthulhoid monstrosities on screen this time round tho.

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Gotta love Ron Pearlman, though he has the dubious distinction of being "Ugliest Guy on a 50-Foot Screen" in any movie he's in blush.gif

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Ron was the man as Vincent on the Beauty and the Beast TV-series. wink2.gif

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Donor

I thought I was the only one who remembered that; yay, i'm not alone!

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Indeed! The romance of Catherine, the guidance of Father, the innocence of Mouse and the righteous fury of Vincent were most addictive. hehe.gif

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Donor

Holy crap! I'd forgotten he was Vincent. That show was pretty cool.

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