"There's a war going on out there. Blade, myself, a few others, we've tried to keep it from spilling over onto the streets. Sometimes people like yourself get caught in the crossfire." - Whistler
release year: 1998
genre: vampire horror
viewing setting: home DVD 12/2/13 and 11/16/00 and theater 8/21/98
synopsis: Half-human, half-vampire vampire hunter stalks vampires in the big city.
impressions: This was a solid stream of fights, blood, action, shootings, cool weapons, and more blood. It did the right thing: kept a simple plot and let the action drive it along. There were no pretensions to romance or any other such crap and thus, the movie never slowed down. It's just one long thrill ride.
acting: Wesley Snipes was a man of few words here, and that's fine - it worked out well. Kris Kristofferson is fairly bad-ass as Blade's grizzled old friend and weapons-maker. Stephen Dorff was outstanding as the main evil vampire, a newer 90s kind of vampire who tried to get the older ones to change, failed, and finally did it the hard way. Progress is important. N'Bushe Wright does a good job as a victim who recovers and very quickly adapts to the new reality she's just learned about.
final word: Good, solid vampire entertainment.
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