on August 21, 1998 by Christine James
With more holes than a neck at a vampire smorgasbord, "Blade" takes a slice-and-dice approach to the resurgently trendy horror genre, with choppy results. Blade (an uninspired Wesley Snipes) is a mysterious and brooding half-man, half-vampire who has dedicated his life to destroying nefarious Nosferatu. His main enemy is Deacon Frost (a hammy Stephen Dorff), a megalomanic vampire who plots gleefully to resurrect a blood god who will turn the entire human race into vampires. The fact that this has no obvious benefit and will instead completely extinct the vampire food supply is never addressed. Silly mythic hieroglyphs and prophecies evoke shades of "Stargate" and "The Fifth Element," both of which were similarly flawed, striving to be epic but resoundingly failing to even partially realize their protagonists, plots and backstories. Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright and Donal Logue. Written by David S. Goyer. Directed by Stephen Norrington. Produced by Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes and Robert Engelman. A New Line release. Action/thriller. Rated R for strong, pervasive vampire violence and gore, language, and brief sexuality. Running time: 120 min
Tags: Blade, comic book, superhero, vampires, Marvel, horror, adaptation, Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, David S. Goyer, Stephen Norrington

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