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Blade II

movie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Blade II

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Rated: R
RunTime: 108 Minutes
Release Date: March 2002
Genres: Action, Horror, Suspense

*Also starring: Kris Kristofferson, Luke Goss, Matt Schulze, Donnie Yen, Norman Reedus, Thomas Kretschmann, Leonor Varela

Review by Steve Rhodes
1½ stars out of 4

After the commercial success of the original BLADE, about a creature half human and half vampire, what do they do for the sequel? They crank up the grossness factor dramatically to be as repulsive as possible, assuming, correctly, that gore is just what the predominately male teenage audience for BLADE II will want. To ensure maximum fright, the studio hired Guillermo del Toro (THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE) to direct the sequel. As an exercise in style, it is an unquestionable success, but, as a coherent and compelling movie, it is no better than your typical schlocky slasher flick.

Again starring Wesley Snipes as the eponymous lead, the story has him slaughter a dozen vampires before you've had your first few bites of popcorn.

The special effects are expensive and elaborate, but you've seen them all before from THE MATRIX-style slow-motion bullet to the ALIEN-style hideous creature hidden within the body. The plot has the "Vampire Nation" -- I wonder if they have a flag and a national anthem? -- enlisting Blade's help to stop the Reaper (Rey-Phillip Santos) and his growing army since they are a threat to both vampires and humans.

Twenty -- ten? -- minutes into the picture, I was ready to cry uncle. Enough already, I get it. Maybe they could make a music video version of it. Three minutes would be just about right, and you expect a music video to be all style and no substance. Watching this film, which was proceeded by no less than eight trailers, I kept wishing that I was at any of those movies rather than BLADE II, which is about as much fun as taking castor oil.

Blade II runs a long 1:48. It is rated R for "strong pervasive violence, language, some drug use and sexual content" and would be acceptable for older teenagers.

My son Jeffrey, almost 13, gave it ****. He loved the action, the special effects and the music.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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