Written and directed by David S. Goyer. Starring Wesley Snipes, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Biel, Parker Posey, Dominic Purcell, Triple H, Callum Keith Rennie, Natasha Lyonne, Haili Page, Patton Oswalt, James Remar, John Michael Higgins and Kris Kristofferson.
Plot: Blade has to team up with some human vampire hunters when a crazed group of vampires decide to awaken Dracula.
A vampire clan led by Danica Talos (Posey) and her brother, Asher (Rennie), wake up Dracula (Purcell) who’s just going by Drake these days. They also set Blade (Snipes) up to kill a human while they film it, leading to his arrest. When the cops find his hideout, Whistler (Kristofferson) is there and they shoot him, leading him to blow himself and the hideout up so that the police can’t have any of Blade’s knowledge or weapons.
Turns out familiars that work for Danica have arrested Blade and they drug him once he’s inside the station. Danica and her clan come to get him, but lucky for Blade, Whistler’s own daughter, Abby (Biel), and a man named Hannibal King (Reynolds), come to rescue him. Or at least, they help him rescue himself. Turns out Abby’s been training for a long time under her father’s tutelage and now she’s part of a group of vampire hunters. They include Hannibal, who was once Danica’s vampire lap dog, until a blind woman named Sommerfield (Lyonne) cured him and he joined them in their fight against the vampires.
They soon realize that Drake is back and that Danica wants him because he can walk in the sun. She believes he can make them all daywalkers and then they’ll be able to take over the world. Blade, Abby and Hannibal specifically, go after Drake, but initially, it doesn’t go very well and Hannibal is badly injured. Will they be able to stop Danica, Drake and the others? You’ll have to watch it to see. Although, this is a superhero movie, so you can probably assume that it’ll all end okay.
Bad stuff: all the slow motion of the vampires walking wasn’t necessary. Also, DJ didn’t like the movie as much as I did in general. He thought it was too campy. That Hannibal is too jokey and that even Blade is more comical than he’d ever been before. DJ doesn’t find it very rewatchable either, but I do. I can watch this almost any time I like it that much. The soundtrack is badass. There’s lovely innovation with all the different weapons they use. I find the protagonists rather awesome. I love the script. And I generally find it fun and funny. It’s my favorite of all the Blade movies.
My score: 79. DJ’s score: 58.