Blade 2 (DVD)
Starring Kris Kristofferson et al
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Neil, Goodwood. 20 January 2003
I was fortunate to able attend a preview screening of Blade II last night courtesy of Nu Metro. In anticipation of the screening I re-watched the Blade DVD on Sunday night just to get into the right frame of mind.
After a about a twenty minute delay before the movie started due to waiting for some video rental people to arrive, Blade II started. And the verdict is? Well I’m happy to report the only thing sucking in the movie was the vicious Reaper Vampires. J Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has made a truly excellent balls-to-the-wall all out action flick. Blade II is a superb blend of furious martial arts action combined with the mind numbing horror of a new breed of vampires called Reapers.
After an explosive start to the movie, where Blade (Wesley Snipes) hacks, slashes and blasts to fiery bits with silver bullets a group of vampire as he tries to locate the whereabouts of his friend and mentor Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) from the first Blade movie, the movie sets an relentless pace.
Blade gets a request from the Vampire Nation to help find and eliminate the Reapers who represent a real threat to both vampires and humans. With a help of a specially trained group of vampire assassins, The Blood Pack, the action moves from one blood drenched epic set piece to the next.
Guillermo del Toro, has infused Blade II with a far grittier look and feel. This is in sharp contrast to the techno glitz of the first movie. The special effects are better this time round, especially the spectacular fiery deaths of the vampires and effects of the Reapers when they feed on their victims. The bloody anatomically nature of the Reapers makes this a movie not for the squeamish of nature to watch.
With enough plot twists amongst to all the action to help keep you guessing until the end as to what is going to happen, Blade II is a worthy follow-up to Blade and should not be missed by fans. I can’t wait to watch it again when it gets released on the cinema circuit on July.
Pierre, South Africa. 24 January 2005
This is one of those rare occasions where the sequal is just as good as the original - if not better.
Philip, South Africa. 23 April 2014
Never could really make my mind up on this one, although the appearance of Ron Perlman has a nice switch to it and keeps the air tense. The reappearance of Kris Kristofferson had to happen I suppose, and the re-emergence is believable. I feel they tried to make the second blade more gruesome by adding a more ruthless enemy, whether it works, I am still unsure. Worth the watch, only slightly up on the first though. Snipes still consistent in his role.
Ryan, South Africa. 4 August 2015
It's really good.
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