Blade

All of their strengths, none of their weaknesses…

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There are so many things that make Blade a good movie, I don’t know where to really begin so I’ll just get right into it. Blade is not only the first movie to start the marvel/superhero craze, it is the first marvel movie to be taken seriously. It paved the way for X-men, Spider-Man and what has come out of Marvel studios for the past 15 years. For those who don’t know who or what Blade is, let me fill you in. Blade is a vampire hunter who is part vampire himself. He has all of their strengths and none of their weaknesses, aside from their thirst for blood.

The cast of the film couldn’t be more perfect. Wesley Snipes is the perfect Blade, Kris Kristofferson plays Blade’s mentor; Whistler, and Stephen Dorff plays the villain; Deacon Frost. Snipes brings the perfect attitude to Blade, making him a badass protagonist. When not assuming the tough guy persona, Snipes brings a certain softness to the character, ensuring that Blade also comes across as the victim he is. Kristofferson as usual steals most scenes he is in with his rough exterior and rugged tone. He is also capable of kicking ass when he has to. Dorff is interesting as Deacon Frost. He is very cocky and “punchable” to say the least. He’s a villian that you know is able to be sadistic but can’t help be irritable in the process. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing.

The one thing that makes Blade unique from other superhero movies is its rating. The film is rated R and rightfully so. This allows the vampires to be ruthless in their enduring quest for survival. It also allows Blade to be equally ruthless in his quest to rid the world of all vampires. When you watch it, it’s easy to see that the film wouldn’t work otherwise. Without its rating the movie wouldn’t be thrilling and the vampires wouldn’t be menacing.

Seeing as how Wesley Snipes is the star, you know there’s going to be action. The action is Blade is so cool. Aside from the dated special effects (which I’ll cover soon), there’s a lot of style to show off. Snipes himself has a background in karate and displays his abilities flawlessly during hand-to-hand sequences. There’s also a bit of “gun-fu” in the film, scenes where Blade is armed with a shotgun or pistol during his undead encounters. These scenes succeed in making Blade look awesome while he’s “working”.

The only annoying thing about Blade is that it is a product of its time, by that I’m referring to the special effects. The digital effects of the 90’s and early 2000’s are bad to say the least. With Blade, it’s easy to see why they would use CGI in the scenes they did, but they can come across as ridiculous. In no way do they ruin the movie as a whole, but they can distract you from what is going on.

Blade is a really cool and fun movie. It blends action with horror elements and never really loses its tone. It has a stellar and irreplaceable cast that was truly invested in their work. It also kick-started the modern superhero genre. The day it gets rebooted or remade will be a sad and terrible one (and it won’t be rated R).