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MORIARTY Crosses Swords With BLADE 2!!

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

Guillermo Del Toro, you sick, sick man, how the hell did you ever sneak this one by New Line?

I've been interested in BLADE II since the initial announcement, but never in that rabid/need-all-the-info sort of way I get with certain projects. I thought the choice to hire Del Toro as director was a strong one, provided the studio gave him the room to assert his personality on the project. I thought the first draft script by David Goyer was promising, with genuinely creative monsters expanding the mythos with a certain inventive charm. And I like the first film. I never went crazy for it, but I love the opening, I thought Snipes posed better than any superhero actor ever, and I saw real potential in the franchise.

But potential, as any regular reader of this site knows, and delivery are two different things. The best scripts can go awry when the fates are wrong. As a result, I've tried to stay skeptical about this. I walked into the movie, arms figuratively folded, not about to cut it slack, especially after how much I enjoyed THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE. I didn't want to see something that was going to represent a step back for such an interesting director.

Thank God for the times it all goes right.

If John Carpenter's THE THING, a gaggle of HK action movies, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, the World Wrestling Federation, and ALIENS all took part in a giant evil gangbang with the original BLADE on the receiving end, then BLADE 2 would be the maniac offspring of that unholy coupling, and it means to hurt you. Mean, brutal, edited at a pace that suggests a serious methamphetamine problem, and full of inspired action and horror imagery, this movie comes to play, and anyone who walks away with anything less than an idiot's grin on his face should hand in his geek membership card at the door.

Wesley Snipes, as I mentioned, seems more comfortable in the skin of a superhero than almost any actor I've ever seen. He's either in motion in this movie, or he's in a perfect superhero pose, like a frame of a comic book. There are a few times when he seems like he's overselling the badass thing, he's just a wee bit too hung up on his sunglasses, and his quote from THE GODFATHER is the movie's lone groaner, a line we've heard too many times now for it to be effective in any way. Despite those minor quibbles, what Snipes has done here is iconic, assured, and deserves to earn him some better scripts than THE ART OF WAR or PASSENGER 57. This guy is the real deal, an action hero who looks like he will f'ing destroy you without thinking about it. The opening title sequence is great, a slick way of summing it all up and getting us back into the world of BLADE. And, yes, it's also where we learn about the fate of Abraham Whistler.

It's a clever and simple solution that Goyer and Del Toro came up with to the fate of Whistler, played with a great grumbling steeliness by Kris Kristofferson, who apparently shot himself in the last film. Instead of working too hard to rewrite history, they simply play off the fact that we heard something happen in that film, but we never saw it, and neither did Blade. The opening action sequence, a stunner that seems to never end, brings Whistler back into the film dressed only in silver disco pants, floating in a vat of blood, and quickly figures out a way to bring Whistler back to help in the war that is still ongoing. It's efficient, it's done largely with action rather than exposition, and by the end of it, we are absolutely sure what movie we're watching. It's bookended by an eerie, almost surrealistically violent opening in a blood bank and a wicked, incredibly choreographed fight between Blade and two mysterious ninjas that introduces us to the concept of the Bloodpack, a well-trained pack of vampires created to hunt and kill Blade.

What creates an uneasy truce between Blade and the vampire nation, headed by the loathesome and freaky Damaskinos (played at maximum creep by Thomas Kretschmann), is the appearance of a new strain of monster, something that feeds on both humans and vampires, something worth being truly afraid of. The Reapers. This is the film's great piece of invention, and a big part of what works about them is the particular haunted design that is given life by Del Toro's exceptional makeup and FX team. At first, there's nothing that makes them particularly distinct. They're descendents of NOSFERATU, venal, more like rats than humans. But during the exceptionally staged "House of Pain" sequence, the true nature of the menace is revealed, and the film kicks into a sort of fevered overdrive. From there to the end, the few moments the movie pauses to catch its breath are filled with a sort of quiet melancholy, something which surprised me. It's actually affecting, and a big part of that is the unforced, almost offhand way that Del Toro weaves the emotional subplots into the blood-spattered tapestry of carnage. It sneaks up on you. Leonor Varela plays Nyssa as a pretty blank, and she defuses some of the chemistry of her scenes with Snipes. Guillermo was smart, though; he took the shades off of Wesley. He let him smile a few times. He gave us a look at the man he might have been away from this world of death, and Snipes, an underrated actor thanks to the fact that there's far more entries like U.S. MARSHALLS than there are like THE WATERDANCE in his filmography, manages to take those quiet moments and fill them with an inner life.

One of the masterstrokes of the film is the casting. Ron Pearlman shows up playing the same basic archetype that he played in ALIEN RESURRECTION. It works better here, though. His first exchange with Snipes is laugh-out-loud funny, and he's a glorious prick from the second he shows up. The rest of the Bloodpack are visually arresting, cast more for how they look and move than anything else, but that's fine. Matt Schulze (Chupa), Daz Crawford (Lighthammer), Marit Kile (Verlaine), RED DWARF's Danny John-Jules (Asad), and IRON MONKEY's Donnie Yen (Snowman) are all memorable for at least one or two moments, something that rarely happens with these sorts of supporting casts. Del Toro doesn't waste a one of them, even if Yen vanishes too soon for fans of his Hong Kong work. His influence is felt on the film's fight sequences, even if we aren't actually seeing him onscreen, but Guillermo's done more than just rip off HK imagery he's seen before. He's also mixed in all of his other influences, all of the things that make him giggle in the dark when he watches horror and action movies or reads horror. He's dared to make a movie to please himself first, and the gamble pays off. Del Toro isn't some pretentious arthouse director slumming it here; the man lives and breathes this stuff, and he means it.

For the past two months or so, many of our chatters (particularly those from the UK) have been greatly amused at the idea of Luke Goss playing a bad guy in a film, since he was evidently part of a pop duo called Bros. I've never heard of them, and I don't really care what he did before this. If you walk in with baggage about him, that's your own fault. I can tell you that he doesn't look like a boy band singer as Nomak, the Typhoid Mary of the Reaper virus, ground zero for this possible end of the world. He's physically repulsive, but he's also impossible to look away from. Goss owns the role from the moment he shows up. That opening scene isn't as over the top as the blood-soaked rave in the original BLADE, but by the time he looks into the cameras of the blood bank security system and snarls "I hate vampires," he is a completely convincing monster, a credible threat around which to spin the story. I prefer him by leaps and bounds to Stephen Dorff as Deacon Frost in the first film.

There's one character in the film that was Jar Jar Binks annoying on the page, and I walked into the film deeply worried about Scud, played by Norman Reedus. I've got to single him out for praise, then, for taking that character and making him appealing all the way up to his dramatic final moment in the film. Reedus underplays like a champ, but he injects plenty of quiet quirk. Scud was written as the stereotypical smart mouthed young guy butting heads with the returned Whistler, always smoking dope and making jokes. And all of that is still there, except that Reedus makes you believe in the guy. He's not a stereotype or an easy joke; he's not Spicoli with an arc welder. Instead, there's a shadow over Scud that keeps him interesting. It's the little business, the way he physically interacts with Snipes and Kristofferson. The best thing I can say about his performance is that it makes me want to see more of him as an actor. Even competing with the charisma on display in this film, he left an impression, and that says something.

I could fill another ten paragraphs, easily, with the details of what I liked about the film or why I feel it's one of the strongest comic book-inspired films ever made. To my mind, this is THE CROW without the unfortunate baggage. It's better, even. When I can look back on a film afterwards and count at least ten places where there were audible explosions from the audience, big reactions that ripped through the whole crowd, that's a movie worth falling head over heels with. I pray that Sam Raimi and SPIDER-MAN have managed to create as strong a palette for their film, as distinctive a style. It doesn't have to be as dark as BLADE 2; hell, that would be all wrong if it were. All I want is something of equal integrity. When I see a powerful super being go up against unstoppable monsters armed with a sword and a shitload of weapons that justify the name Blade, then I want to see some red meat. I want to see body parts flying. I want mayhem and madness and moments where it feels like the world is about to end. I want fights no normal human could survive, and I want to be shocked and exhilarated by each new set piece. Prague is a perfect setting for this film, old world European decay and New World moral rot on the surface and miles of subterranean sewers below. BLADE 2 rises to the challenge of being better than the original and then keeps on going, working better than you would ever expect. If BLADE 2 were half as good as it is, it would still be better than 99% of what we as fans have been asked to swallow in this genre. It's a winner, and if there's any justice, fandom will embrace it with open arms.

I apologize to you guys for teasing you about certain columns I'm working on over the last couple of weeks. I never mean to delay in writing something up for you. I'm working on a RUMBLINGS right now featuring my PANIC ROOM review, a piece on KILL BILL and SOLARIS that I've been promising for a while now, a look at a new animated series that anyone still smarting from the loss of Chuck Jones will fall in love with, and a review of the script for the next Julia Roberts film, MONA LISA SMILE. However, it's my girlfriend's birthday this weekend (when I celebrate, I celebrate), and I am under some pressing work deadlines. Believe me... I want to finish as soon as possible and post this for you guys to read and react to. Be patient, and I'll try to make it worth the wait. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.





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  • March 22, 2002, 10:34 a.m. CST

    well at least I could read this one...

    by hildebrand

    ...without gagging a bit on the language. Try again Harry, and tone it down.

  • March 22, 2002, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Great.......

    by Rockitman007

    This movie looks great. Thanks, Moriarity! Blade was a great movie and I am glad to hear that this one lives up to it. Wesley Snipes is the man and could kick Buffy's ass any day of the week.

  • March 22, 2002, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Great review dude-You're the best at AICN

    by SpanishPantlones

    I think either Harry needs a vacation or you should school him on how to write a review.Where are you're old reviews on this site? I'm tired of reading great reviews of bad movies (like TPM!)and badly written reviews of great movies like Blade 2!

  • March 22, 2002, 11 a.m. CST

    Jesus Moriarty....

    by Splinter

    I wish you would write more for this site. Harry, I have never felt the urge to diss you like the majority of drooling orang-utans who skulk around these boards, but Christ your Blade II review was ill-judged. I have a pretty iron-clad sense of humour, ie I'm almost impossible to offend, but you succeeded - in spades. I lost a shitload of respect for you after reading that banal, nauseating, utterly childish and sensationalist piece of shit. As another talkbacker commented, if I was del Toro, I would be embarassed that a review like that is up on a site visited by around 1.5 million people every day (or so they say). Anyways, its not like its earth-shatteringly important, just thought I'd chime in. Keep it up Drew, you're kicking ass.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Enough with the sexual analogies, you aintitcool eunuchs

    by Vindibudd

    Jeez, it is possible to do a review without terms like "clit" and "ganbang." WTF, get a thesuarus and use some tasteful adjectives that don't require sexual imagery. Jeezus, Moriarty, I would think you would right better than that. Freshman Comp 101 all the way around for aintitcool staff.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:09 a.m. CST

    ok, we get it

    by rev_skarekroe

    Blade 2 is good. How many more glowing reviews of this flick do we need? sk

  • March 22, 2002, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Ahhhh...sitting around for Moriarty's review was worth the w

    by Lenny Nero

    You almost never fail to impress me, McWeeny.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:10 a.m. CST

    nicely done...

    by omarthesnake

    Much, much better review than the incomprehensible, weird and skin-crawling piece written by Harry, which i couldn't even finish. Didn't need to, I just needed to wait to see this one. I saw the movie last night, and I agree with pretty much all your points. It's a real ass-kicker of a movie, with good performances by everyone except the overly stiff Leonor Varela.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:13 a.m. CST

    And there really is nothing wrong with the term "gangbang."

    by Lenny Nero

    It's pretty light to the INSANELY DETAILED VERSION OF CUNNILINGUS! CHRIST! (sorry, I just feel like bugging Harry. Also, I never thought I'd ever write "cunnilingus" and "Christ" back-to-back. Well, at least Harry afforded me that opportunity. And the review might actually make some sick, amusing sense once I see the movie).

  • March 22, 2002, 11:21 a.m. CST

    thank god it's good

    by darthbodio

    i read a review from some guy on another site and he was rippen blade apart saying it was the worst sequel every made that del toro messed up a promising franchise , well F that guy i know this movie was going to be good.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:22 a.m. CST

    nice one moriarty...and bros...

    by bluelou_boyle

    Good review. will see this asap when it opens next week in blighty. I too have been sniggering over the inclusion of Luke Goss. If you had seen or heard this defunct duo of the 80s you would see what I mean. Imagine Rick Astley crossed with Britney Spears and you'll get the idea. But then again, Danny Whalberg, from NKOTB, impressed in the Sixth Sense, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, much as it pains me.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:24 a.m. CST

    In defense of Harry's BLADE II review:

    by Vegas

    First of all, I don't think there was any chance Harry wouldn't have liked BLADE II, so the possibility of a negative review was out. Now, every diehard here knows that Harry and Guillermo are friends, like beer-drinkin' pool-playin' buddy kinda friends, and that any positive review Harry wrote for BLADE II would be met with scrutiny at best, and cries of "sellout!" at worst. And not reviewing BLADE II at all was not an option for Harry either, because the fanboys would never have let up asking for one (the same way I'm pissed that we haven't got Harry's reviews for IN THE BEDROOM, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, GOSFORD PARK, MONSTER'S BALL, IRIS, TRAINING DAY, or several other films nominated for MAJOR academy awards this Sunday. But I digress). So Harry had to do something, and what I think he aimed to do was capture the intensity of perversion (I mean this in a good way) of BLADE II in a way that could be laughed off or discarded by an audience that couldn't have been pleased critically. I think he succeeded artistically, yet failed to guage how much his audience would let slide. I for one thought the review was funny, certainly nothing to base the selling of a ticket on, but an amusing joke nonetheless. As for those who were "offended" by it, he says in the FIRST PARAGRAPH that the review is going to be the equivalent of an NC-17. Anyone who read on was WARNED, and has no right to cry "offense!" after the fact.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Well done again, Moriarty.

    by RoboBagPiper

  • March 22, 2002, 11:28 a.m. CST

    in offense of Harry's Blade II review...

    by omarthesnake

    it wasn't that it was vulgar and uncouth -- those can be good things to some of us sick folks --- it was that it was incomprehensible and unpleasant, and poorly written to boot.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Mori get pissed, enjoy the weekend.

    by DannyOcean01

    Chill Mori, take your time and enjoy the finer things in life. We'll still be here like the slavering geeks we are. But, how come every review of this sounds like it's a vampire Godfather? I mean that line is so crap, and platitudinous it hurts. I know they want to keep the best stuff for the movie but those trailers do not help pull in the crowds from all areas of the movie community.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Vindibudd

    by DannyOcean01

    Stop humping your crucifix you puritan and join the real world. If the metaphor required gangbang then it required gangbang. Get over yourself.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Take 2.... Well done again, Moriarty

    by RoboBagPiper

    Honestly, the pinky didn't *mean* to hit the return button... Much better review than Harry's - it actually tells us something about the movie. Though it would have been nice to have left out the gang-bang thing, especially to further contrast with Harry's... indiscretion. Harry, take notes. Moriarty told us something about the movie. You just told us you have an adolescent preoccupation with genitalia. You've done great things with this site, Harry, but after your last foray, I see no more reason to read your reviews. Moriarty's reviews have always beaten yours hands-down. Now we only have to wait until Moriarty reviews Episode II. Harry, frankly, is simply too impressed with the *idea* of a new Star Wars flick, or any other "cool" concept (Godzilla, Armageddon) to review it. He gets carried away like a 14 year old, loves it when he sees it just because it's there, and then learns to loathe it years later once the excitement wears off. Meanwhile, the rest of us had that as our initial reaction... So Mori, when are you going to see that grainy tape?

  • March 22, 2002, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Good review, hope to see this tonight.

    by Trav McGee

    And now I'll happily shut my mouth the hell up. ;)

  • March 22, 2002, 11:39 a.m. CST

    DannyOcean01

    by RoboBagPiper

    Except that it was a crappy metaphor. If a victim of a gang-rape gets pregnant, only one of the rapists is the father. So whatever Mori was thinking, the analogy doesn't hold up. If he wanted to get the idea across, he could have invoked Dr. Mephisto's genetics lab or something along those lines. But the gang-rape bit was unnecessary, especially after Harry's "review" has already left many of us walking funny from that rape.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Wesley Snipes as Hiro Protagonist

    by Xocxoc

    With Arnold and Sylvester on the tail ends of their careers, and Bruce Willis refusing action roles, Wesley Snipes seems to be the heir apparent to the action jenre, which is cool with me. I knew Snipes was the future back when I saw Demolition Man and saw that Snipes stole practically every scene away from Stallone. One of my favorite books is Neil Stephenson's "Snow Crash". There has been talk of turning it into a movie for years now. In my mind there is only one actor who could pull off playing the half Black half Japanese Hiro Protagonist: Wesley Snipes.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Woah, excellent!

    by Mr Neth

    Hopefully Blade III will feature Rick Astley and Jason Donovan as even-worse-than-Reaper vampires! Actually, in all seriousness, looking at Jason Donovan post-smack addiction, he'd be a pretty safe bet...

  • March 22, 2002, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Wait.... Moriarty left out all the cunnilingus. Wasn't there

    by Roguewriter

    =) Great review, man. THANKS.

  • March 22, 2002, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Wow, even Ebert liked it.

    by minderbinder

  • March 22, 2002, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Re: Luke Goss

    by Abyss

    When will he, will he be famous? I certainly can't answer that.

  • March 22, 2002, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Blade II by Moriarty

    by CleoJones

    I agree with Vegas. Harry tried something different. Some liked it and some didnt. I thought it was funny. I have been looking forward to this movie since they first started talking about it on this site and I am glad to hear it is not going to be a disappointment. Since Moriarty isnt buddy buddy with Toro, I assume his review is unbiased and dependable. So I will definitely be sitting in the seats this weekend. Thanks Moriarty

  • March 22, 2002, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I just couldn't finish.

    by HotOne

    I am truly disappointed with this review. With only a soft-core gangbang and without the hard-core pussy licking, Moriarty simply gave decent review of film to which I am immensely looking forward. How

  • March 22, 2002, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Colour me impressed...

    by MICKFINN

    Great review, moriarty. I'd be hard-pressed to find a critic who hasn't been impressed with this movie (except for John Harkness here in Toronto , but he's got issues with Snipes and that rarely means a real review of the film itself). Despite previous grumbles I've had with you (which I now swallow with an ounce of crow) you DO write a solid review. Likes and dislikes, without unnecessary clutter or unneccesary analogies (no names mentioned). I actually wish that more people on this site would take your approach, talkbackers included. Keep it up. This is the quality that drew me to this site in the first place. Standing corredted, The Mick

  • March 22, 2002, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Sweet Lord!

    by cureff

    I won some tickets to an early screening of blade last night, I went there hoping to enjoy the movie, I liked the first one, but didn't think it was anything particularly impressive. THIS MOVIE on the other hand... HOLY SHIT. I don't know how far my ass got kicked from the theater, but I'm still trying to find it. Without hesitation I can say that this movie is the coolest vampire flick of all time, and one of the best action films EVER. EVER. As far as sequels go this is up there with Aliens, and Terminator 2. I cannot even begin to tell you about a specific scene or shot that will make you shit your pants, there are simply too many of them. This is not exaggeration, something awesome happens every 10 cuts. Best flick of 2002... possibly.

  • March 22, 2002, 12:54 p.m. CST

    When will I... will I be famous?

    by drwatson

    God I hated Bros., but I totally forgot that Goss was in this, and he did a great job. But Cat RULES. Del Toro's biggest triumph here is the casting.

  • March 22, 2002, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Admit it Blade is the best superhero franchise ever.

    by Brooklyn Bred

    I don't even think Spidey will be able to top this.

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  • March 22, 2002, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Kind of reminds me of...

    by Darth Pixel

    CITY SLICKERS II.

  • March 22, 2002, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Blade 2

    by NeoSe7ens

    I had just came in this afternoon after seeing Blade 2, Let me tell you if you're a Horror Fan,if you're an Martial Arts action Buff you will not be disappointed. This movie kicks major ASS!!!:Blood,Gore,Guts and Bone Crunching Extreme Action. Do yourself a favor check out Resident Evil as an appetizer and then watch Blade 2 as the main course. You won't be disappointed!

  • March 22, 2002, 1:50 p.m. CST

    ...

    by HeeHeeHee

    Heh. After an awful non-review from Harry, a decent review gets such high praise. Actually I liked the review. It told us what we wanted to know: Was it good or bad and why? Harry seems to forget that his word alone isn't adequate justification for us to shell out money and give time to a movie. I think that Harry could have written a positive review of the movie and not been called a sell-out... if he'd given satisfactory reasons. However, it seems, that he was too busy gushing on del Toro to bother. Hopefully, I'll check out Blade II tonight. If it's anywhere near as good as Devil's Backbone, I'll be pleased. PS: Why doesn't anyone here give "stars" or at least "thumbs up?" It'd be nice to be able to compare what some of the reviewers think of one movie to another.

  • March 22, 2002, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Blade and Bros

    by GadgetBoy

    The plan: tonight, i'm renting Blade. Sunday, around 6h00 pm, Blade II. I hate it when a movie has so many good reviews. My expectations are so high, please please please, louise, don't want to be dissapointed. Now, am I the only one who liked Bros? Listen to the song "ten out of ten", and tell me that song is not amazing. They were two brothers in that band, twins, one was the singer, the other, the drummer, wich one is Luke?

  • March 22, 2002, 2:08 p.m. CST

    DannyOcean01

    by Vindibudd

    Well for one thing you fucking moron, I actually think that the English language is diverse enough to string together 800 words of description regarding a film without having to conjure up Chow Yun Fat fucking Wesley Snipes in the ass while Sarah Michelle Gellar watches and masturbates. Instead of, "If John Carpenter's THE THING, a gaggle of HK action movies, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, the World Wrestling Federation, and ALIENS all took part in a giant evil gangbang with the original BLADE on the receiving end,..." He could have said, "If John Carpenter's THE THING, a gaggle of HK action movies, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, the World Wrestling Federation, and ALIENS were all combined into one film with the original Blade,..." See? It's basic English, you stupid motherfucker. Go fuck your pentagram you Satanist cocksucker.

  • March 22, 2002, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I overheard some folks who saw Blade 2

    by Brooklyn Bred

    And from what they said as well as the reviews on this site, this may be the best F'ing action movie ever! I'm so glad he's a brother.

  • I'd love to see Blade massacring a horde of pimply-faced, pre-pubescent Brosettes... "I luv Luke!!! I luv 'im!!! ARRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!" I swear, when they're ganged up in a group those bitches are downright scary- they'd have the Reapers for breakfast...

  • March 22, 2002, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Much better....

    by Arthur Bannister

    This was a good review; that's much more like it. I generally don't have much to say about this site, though I enjoy it, but Harry's review clearly went off the rails. Harry, please don't do that again.

  • March 22, 2002, 3:11 p.m. CST

    ...so no oral action here...what AM I to make of this movie?

    by FranklinCobb

    Seriously. I may never read another Harry review again. What the hell was THAT?! Moriarity, this review was just fine, and geez, you managed to tell, oh, I don't know, why this movie turned out to be good. Next time a film needs reviewing, you should phone up Harry and say, "Um, I'll do this one, thanks big guy."-------------And kitty, your post was downright "Prefect". I definitely know where MY towel is.

  • March 22, 2002, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Why is everyone jumping on Harry?

    by Corky St. Clair

    Since when are talkbackers squeamish? Harry's review made you sick? You wanted to barf? Most of you are the same people who go on Star Wars boards and write shit like "When that flanneled ass packer Lucas made TPM, he raped me in my ass until it was torn and bloody, then scooped the cum out with his greasy fingers and smeared it in my eyes before shitting in my mouth and cutting off my kid sister's head so he could shoot a sticky load in her mouth and let it drip out of her severed throat into the mouths of starving three legged dogs! TPM BLOWS UNCIRCUMCISED CANCEROUS DONKEY DICKS!!!" You know who you are. Hypocrisy, thy name is talkbackers.

  • March 22, 2002, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Moriarty is Conan with a fucking keyboard.

    by Just-A-Guy

    You come at him everytime thinking you can beat him and then BAM! he lops your fucking arm off. Great review, I am now excited to see this movie.

  • March 22, 2002, 3:52 p.m. CST

    After further review

    by Damer1

    Thanks for the PG-13 review. I saw the movie this morning and thought that it was very good. Other than a few CGI effects and the fact that the "Reapers" walked around like bald apes from the "Planet of the Apes," I enjoyed the film. Could someone please get Harry some tissues to clean himself up?

  • March 22, 2002, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Excellent!

    by Flyboy

    This film is the real deal and it's what us film geeks have been waiting for. Go see this film several times and enjoy!

  • March 22, 2002, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Just saw Blade II and it generally sucked...

    by PORKY

    I say "generally" because there were about a handful of cool moments - mostly involving Ron Perlman's character. The girl who played Nisa was TERRIBLE and the rest of the "Bloodpack" were completely wasted. Oh man, but that girl, what a distraction! You mean to tell me that's the best Del Toro could come up with? For all that "action", what a bore! I don't want to think this, but I'm seriously considering some of the talkbackers criticisms of Harry and his cronies over-hyping movies made by his director friends. I should have learned my lesson with Pitch Black. C'mon guys, really, what's up with this shit?

  • March 22, 2002, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Bug on Blade 2 - Hey, I saw the movie and now I will speak about

    by Ambush Bug

    Just got back from the early showing of Blade 2. It was around noon and the theater was packed. Blade 2 was simply great. This is what I want every time I hear news about a new comic movie coming to the screen. This film has action, thrills, cool characters, and gore, gore, gore. I am so happy that Del Toro took this stuff seriously and made something which could very well be the best comic film adaptation so far. Superman is tops. Batman and Batman Returns run a close second. Blade and the Crow are in the top five somewhere, but Blade 2 just knocked them down a peg. Think if it this way. If Blade 2 had the opening of Blade one, it would be damn near perfect. I appreciated the intro of the Reapers, but longed for that Blade walk in and ass kick from the first. But I didn't have to wait long because after the intro, there Blade was in a fight scene that could be one of the best ever if not for the final fight sequence and the infiltration of Blade's hideout fight and the House of Pain fight sequence. Are you getting my drift? This film is chock filled with actiony goodness. It's slicker than the first one. There are less dull moments and more of the moments you want to see. The cool thing is that Del Toro builds onto the character. He doesn't take the character in his own direction, by giving his own twist to the character. Blade is the same. He still has his weaknesses. Only the world around him has changed. The nightclubs have evolved since the first (their tribal signs are now hidden instead of out in the open because Blade has been a busy boy since part one). Del Toro and Goyer also give you reasons why Blade was in Russia at the end of part one. This film make me wish I could step ahead to see what Goyer has planned next for Blade 3, which should have a epic battle with Dracula in there somewhere. But back to Blade 2, the final battle is every great comic book fight, kung fu classic, and wrestling match rolled up into one. Sure there are times when you can tell the difference between what is real and what is CGI, but the action is so great, you don't really care. The only weak point in the film is the chick, Nyssa, who I could stare at all day, but is in definate need of some acting lessons. Ron Perleman was awesome. If Del TOro can actually pull enogh strings to get him cast as Hellboy, he has more talent that I gave him credit. The actor could do it, but I can see some corporate exec screaming that they want a big name in the role. Oh well, I've rambled on enough. The movie was good. But you all knew that because there are twelve other review of it on this site. The final fight scene is one of those moments that has a lot of build up. Usually the director blows his load in the first 3/4 of the film and the rest of the flick loses steam. It doesn't happen here. It's gravy all the way through, baby. Gravy.

  • March 22, 2002, 5:37 p.m. CST

    If you don't like Harry, don't visit AICN

    by Greedo_Is_Gay

    I have been a lurker for the past few months, but after reading this talkback and seeing a number of people expressing their distaste for Harry's writing style, I just had to speak up. If I'm correct, Harry Knowles started AICN. You all use it for free. Thus, Harry gets to do whatever the hell he wants. Get it? Your choices are to NOT visit this site, don't buy his book, and don't feed him info, tickets or advance copies of episode II for him to get his kicks. But the man gets to sound as juvenile as he wants. This is his gig boys and girls, and if you don't like it, use another site or start your own. But don't tell this man to change what has obviously been a success for himself.

  • March 22, 2002, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Yes!

    by allykatD

    I'm looking forward to this movie. I went to see it today, but missed the early show at 11:10 and didn't have time to wait for the 1:40 show. It's nice to see a review from someone who appreciates good action movies. With a movie like this, you can't trust the usual resources like Rotten Tomatoes, because Blade will appeal to a select audience, which usually doesn't include mainstream reviewers. Thanks Moriarty!

  • March 22, 2002, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Where are the vaginas?

    by mrrogers

    Puh-lease, as if this hadn't been done before. Predator 1-2? They didn't bother to hide the imagery. Danny Glover even calls him pussyface. Alien? The facehuggers have vaginal lips with the "implant tube/penis" sticking out of it. So yeah, I saw some skin flaps in the reapers mouths...but I don't see how anyone could get "pussy" out of that. Blade 2 was a good flick, the end sequence _made_ the movie for me. if only the originalhad the same amount of thought put into the end sequence. Whats with Del Toro and 2 faced monsters anyways? (didn't the roaches in mimic split their heads open?)

  • March 22, 2002, 6:29 p.m. CST

    To Greedo_Is_Gay

    by Arthur Bannister

    I like this site. I like most of what's published here. I didn't like Harry's review of Blade II at all. If all the reviews on this site start being written in that style, I will take your advice and stop coming here. But in the meantime, there's absolutely nothing wrong with me posting what I thought. If Harry takes down the talkback section, that's his prerogative. But until then, if I have an opinion I want to express, I can only infer that Talkback is here to let me do so.

  • March 22, 2002, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Blade 2 was GREAT!

    by neovsmatrix

    However, I don't think ALL comic book movies should be handled the way the Blade franchise was handled. The stylish imagery, and the action sequences WORK for Blade, but they don't work for every comic book movie. Movies like Unbreakable, although not based on any comic book, couldn't be handled any better than it was. It still reigns as the best comic book movie I've ever seen and I hold it in high regard on my top 10 favorite movies of all time. Movies like Unbreakable are much more character intensive. Well, Unbreakable's the only comic book movie of its kind that I know of, but I hope more movies that deal with comics are handled like that should the opportunity present itself. In any case, I hope there's a Blade 3, and I really hope that if M. Night Shyamalan has plans for a sequel to Unbreakable, it'll be made really soon.

  • March 22, 2002, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Some scenes were missing! Spoilers ahead...

    by Psyclops

    The scene with the lawyer and Damaskinos was shortened in this version. In the rough cut that I saw Damaskinos explains that he has spent his life "removing" his humanity by cutting it out like a cancer, which would explain why he looks like he is completely made up of scar tissue. He even shows the lawyer his human heart which he keeps in a jar (I guess to remind himself of what he hates the most). Also, and this is trivial but I seemed to notice it, the last shot with the vampire in the nudie booth had more... um,... explicit detail (dripping streaks on the windows). Aside from that, the gore and everything was pretty much intact, the only major difference was a few improved CGI deaths and that opening monologue during the beginning credits, that was all new stuff. Still a fucking kick ass movie, though!

  • March 22, 2002, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Ladies and gentlemen: ::ahem, cough, ahem ahem:: DAMN!!!!

    by XTheCrovvX

    DAMN!!!! Damn damn dingety dammit that rocked!! But, of course, we all knew that. Why reiterate that which has been said succinctly by everyone who has set eyes on this superpowered adrenaline trip? But goddamn...this movie is geek porn of the highest calibur. It has but one purpose on this planet, and that is to put its foot dead in moviegoers' collective asses. And trust that the red size 22 steel toe boot mark still resides proudly upon my posterior at this very moment. And unless Sam Raimi has pulled off some kind of a bonafide miracle with Spider-Man, that's the way its gonna stay for a LONG time...the only thing i can even guess will come to rival it is Matrix Reloaded...and that's a whole year away. Aand even the Wachowskis have their work cut out for 'em. Just a couple of comments before i go off to somehow keep the geek adrenaline high going....one, this Luke Goss thing...THIS GUY WAS A POP STAR?!?! FUCK!!! I mean, if this is what happens to deposed pop stars in this new millenium, then, please let us get as many of these sumbitches ouyt of the studios, into Hollywood, ASAfuckinP...actually, lets do that anyways. but back to the subject at hand....Blade's final fight with Nomak...ill go out on a limb here...and say that this is, without doubt, THE most brutal, wicked, bloody, bone crushing fight ive ever seen committed to celluloid. The only thing i can compare it to(and possibly wrongly, but still) is the Angel Face beating in Fight Club...its that vicious. your face will hurt from cringing too much...second, the whole Reaper/vagina thing...maybe im inobservant, but i dont see it. The face thing reminded me more of the demon spawn of the Predators and Aliens. doesnt make it any less gross and ugly lookin', but just my viewpoint. Lastly, im probably the only one to notice this, but did anybody else notice that the final scene, cool as it was("Didn't think I forgot about you, did you?"), is almost shot by shot a carbon copy of a similar scene in The Crow:City of Angels, which ironically, David Goyer ALSO wrote? Guess that he thought nobody else saw that flick, might as well use that scenario again...But who cares. Why are you still eading this? Get out of the house, go see the goddamned movie already, get your ass kicked, and thank the deities above that youre a geek. This movie, Spider-Man,Episode II, The Two Towers, Matrix Reloaded...its a good time for us all. Revolution is my name.

  • March 22, 2002, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Blade 2 is awful and I tell you why

    by Charlie6

    How does this film suck? The opening of the film is done in the style of a TV show, with a little back history and what motivates Blade, in case we all forgot! Added to this, in the first thirty minutes of the film you will be attacked with constant cheesy references to the first film. I guess this is some pathetic attempt to try and link them. The title of this film Blade 2 did that for me. Whistler is kept alive all this time, comes out cured of cancer, but still has a bum leg. So it

  • March 22, 2002, 8:01 p.m. CST

    !!I have disturbing news!!

    by exPFCWintergreen

    Actually not so disturbing as funny. And not so much news as a hunch. I know people have said that Mercier and Harry are one and the same people, however I think I have some evidence. For the first time, today I read Harry's review of Blade 2. That first bit of the review, where Harry was getting hardcore with the pornographic analogies, the writing style he was using was reminiscent of a one Mercier. I hope this is true, because if it is, it would be fucking hilarious. Would'a you, the people, think of that.

  • March 22, 2002, 8:18 p.m. CST

    still like the first one better....

    by jeffmaul

    I know that I will probably get shit for this but I like the first one better. It had a sleek, sexy look about it and I felt the vampire nation was more thought out as well. Sure, I think Deacon Frost was a crappy punk villian and that they could have come up with a better character, but in the end the movie didn't give me a headache after this one and I didn't have to strain my eyes to see what the hell was going on with all those darks and muted yellows. On a good note though, it was still a BAD ASS movie and this is what Resident Evil should have been like, so go get your gore fix and see the fucking movie you geeks!

  • March 22, 2002, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I fucking hate when this site hypes a movie up so much

    by Scaggs

    Blade 2 was enjoyable, but nowhere near as good as Harry's euphimistic review suggested. I know Del Toro and Harry are pals or whatever so I guess I should have taken the reviews with a grain of salt, but I was expecting The Matrix or Crouching Tiger, which was not at all was delivered. While the film explores a new fight scene FX technique, that doesn't mean it was great. None of the CG videogame looking Wesley Snipes stuff added all that much to the movie. I didn't find the CG to make me go, "Wow, that was swift." Also, as much as the film wished it was Aliens, it wasn't. One, the crew of ass-kickers basically amounted to redshirts, which was not the case for Aliens. The mariens that die at the beginning of the film certainly fill redshirt duties, but Hudson and Vasquez and Hicks and Burke and Bishop all were fleshed out characters. Pretty much after the sewer scene, you are down to the equivalents to Burke, the Queen, and Hicks thats it, along with Blade and Whistler subing in for Ripley and Newt. The Bloodpack seemed cool, it had a nifty superfriend kinda name and some colorful individuals, but frankly I only really cared about how cool their death scenes were. Basically this was a fun popcorn flick that every single fricking review made out to be the second coming. Please don't do that anymore.

  • March 22, 2002, 9:01 p.m. CST

    charlie is a lamer so is any1 who disses blade2

    by brucebanna

    i just got back, loved it, its way betta than the original in my opinion. Betta fight scenes, betta concept, betta villain, Bloodpack is dope, more with tha gore. The Charli dude should lick em & the same to the chump talking smack to AICN & its operators. Leave fools if u dont like. Otherwise we will continue 2 diss u. ha ha--anywayz, Blade 2, ok, the only reason they showed flashbacks from part 1(quick like, not a half hour like charlie the chump said) is 2 catch up the non fanatics(those just interested in a cool flick, not Blade fans). Scud was tight, Whistler was cool & his return was very believable in my eyes. I mean were talking about a action vamp movie thats not really a vamp movie, just feel the pain. The Bloodpack(especially Reinhardt) is awesome. It gives the movie sort of a double edge sword feel, like more than one thing is going on but going on at the same time. Through it all there was no confusion(with the exception of keeping track of the Reapers) & all the action was rad. Plot wasnt the point, we asked for Blade 2 & they gave it 2 us. It is definitely more of a comic-book/gore/action flick than the 1st(which is also one of my favs movie). It isnt as scary as originally hoped, but the Reapers are creepy & the mood is dark. All in all I say 9 outta 10 in the action/sci-fi dept. Imma c it again, thats the word. Way betta than any Batman flick like that lamer charli was talking, what a load of crap!, GREAT FLICK__ENJOY!

  • March 22, 2002, 9:19 p.m. CST

    This Film Sucks

    by WoodyStiffer

    I guess Moriarty and Harry forgot that even popcorn flicks need a credible story to pull it all together. I've been extremely anxious to see this movie - only to be COMPLETELY let down. What a pile of steaming dung - New Line - start reading the damn scripts before greenlighting, please. Save your money for video on this one.

  • March 22, 2002, 9:25 p.m. CST

    duh!

    by Charlie6

    Of course the first one was better, cause it was a movie about a comic book hero. Not a comic book movie. I bet they get Joel Schumacher to direct the third one.

  • March 22, 2002, 9:34 p.m. CST

    I saw the film earlier today

    by endersai

    And I must say I thought it was very very good. I loved the action scenes, I loved the characters, Guillermo del Toro is certainly a mighty action director. I agree with Moriarty on all of his points... definately a good review, sir! I like the original film, but this one just completely destroys it in my opinion. I think it's fine that some of you don't like it, you can't please everyone - and people have different tastes. But I think this is probably the best comic book based film (since Unbreakable is pretty much not based on any published comic character) out there. Ron Pearlman definately owns as Reinhardy, but I wanted him to say "War... war never changes". Heck, that's just the Fallout fan in me. I'm definately happy with this film, can't wait for the DVD (commentary, please?).

  • March 22, 2002, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I Just Have One Question About Blade II

    by Flaparoo

    Why the hell were The Powerpuff Girls on wherever there was a TV? Sure it added some humor, but what's the conneciton? Unless, Del Toro just likes the Powerpuff Girls that much.

  • March 22, 2002, 10:25 p.m. CST

    a classic case of a film done in by high expectations

    by Twig

    Blade 1-a god damn classic. Blade 2- a satisfying follow-up, but not nearly as good as the original. Why? The CGI in the fights was dreadful. Why'd they make the characters so damn skinny in those shots? And where WAS Blade? This film did what the Batman films do. The title character was more of a supporting character. There were HUGE sections of this film where Blade was absent. And the fights weren't as fun as those in the original. They were slick and cool, but where were these moments when the audience was supposed to roar with applause? Still, I dug the film and will probably see it a 2nd time, but this is most definitely an inferior sequel, as most are.

  • March 22, 2002, 10:32 p.m. CST

    My review of Blade 2

    by Mr Bonefish

    1. I love the first Blade, incredible work. 2. This is not superior. If someone would have asked me what I thought of Blade 2 after the first scene, my babbled response would have been, "wow...". Then the rest unfolded. The rest just cannot keep up with the masterwork of that sequence. Nysaa was eyecandy, but even that couldn't blind me to the poor CGI which was completely unnecessary in many parts of the film. The wires? How could they have missed the wire hanging off that Reaper? I will not dwell on the story...this is an action flick. Too much of a good thing can get real old after a while. Maybe I just need time for it to sink in. I will not write it off until that time. Go see it.

  • March 22, 2002, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Hmmm ...

    by hktelemacher

    I've seen the first Blade about five times now, trying like mad to figure out just what's so great about it. I wouldn't keep revisting something so mediocre if it weren't for all of the hype the first installment gets on the talk back. I'm sorry, but there's not a good performance or a good line of dialogue in the entire picture, some of the action sequences are good and some of the visuals are borderline exciting. I've tried to like it, I really have, but in the end, Blade was crap. Donal Logue was criminally under used, and should have played the Stephen Dorff role. Snipes had zero personality, and Kristofferson was given nothing to work with. The entire flick was exposition and action. I rest most of the blame with David Goyer, who with the exception of his contribution to Dark City, has yet to produce a script even remotely engaging. With the universal fanfare Blade 2 has received on this site, I got my hopes up, only to have them crushed. While it was a huge step up from the first, Del Toro's sequel was cool in spots, but every time someone slows down to speak, everything goes haywire. The Bloodpack and the Reapers were both lame - but surprisingly, Blade's character was a step up. The action and FX were good, and I didn't mind the CG fighting. Del Toro definitely has a great visual style, but it just didn't involve me in any way. I don't care if there isn't deep character development, or even a good story, but it felt like Blade 2 was trying to fake those elements. There were no scenes with anything even approaching tension, and in the end, it was just a fun little flick with some good moments. I'm not a horror buff, but the vampires/Reapers were all lame. And for a movie whose title is Blade, how about a few more bladed weapons? I was expecting something with fun jump scares, a lot of gore and some nicely choreographed fight sequences. Is that too much to ask? Just good old fashioned entertainment. Well, the fights were nice until they became wrestling matches. And I would have preferred no plot in favor of a shitty plot. Did Kristofferson have to come back? Was there no better idea to combat the Reapers than just tracking them down and fighting? Did the plot twist with Scud make any logical sense? Were any chances taken? Did anything surprise me? Was there a single moment that wasn't a forced cliche? Why was Harry so contagiously enthusiastic over such a mediocre flick? Again, I blame David Goyer for pulling nothing new out of a bad hat, but give credit to Del Toro for at least making it watchable.

  • March 23, 2002, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Moriarity, I like the Godfather quote, Nyssa is actually one of

    by ARCTURUS

    Moriarity, glad you liked "Blade II", but you still managed to get a few things all wrong. One, that "Godfather" quote was actually a perfect fit for the movie, did you not pick up on the multi-layered symbolism involved? For example, Blade was not just referring to Nyssa and the vamps with that quote (keep your enemies closer), and Whistler as well (keep your friends close), but also Skud, who would be kept closer to Blade than Whistler due to reasons later made more clear as the film progressed. Also, given the short memory of much of today's movie-viewing audience, who's going to quib about overuse of a damn quote anyway except for obsessive film geeks like us? Two, Nyssa is an excellent character, a much better love interest for Blade than in the previous movie, especially in light of the fact that this new relationship blossomed slowly in the course of turning from a begrudging respect to admiration to touching fondness. The whole scene where Blade gives Nyssa his blood was just as sexy as any normal sex scene, and even more powerful. The ending where Blade honors Nyssa's last request was incredibly heartwrenching and moving and uncharacteristic for a film such as this. Three, you still make that stupid "fanboy"(hate this term) mistake of underestimating the importance and quality of the first "Blade" film. That film should by now have gotten it's full due and respect by the horror film afficianado community by now, yet your somewhat less than all-consuming praise of it reflects your, and that aformentioned community's, inabilty to recognize true horror film innovative genius when you see it. I am tired of defending the first "Blade", if some of you morons out there still cannot see it as a modern day horror classic then you are even bigger fools then I take you for!

  • March 23, 2002, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Blade 2 is the badassedest movie EVER

    by AzBat

    I took the hype with a grain of salt, but this movie exceeded everything said about it. It's a cinematic orgasm. It will kick your ass and have you asking for more. I defy you to disagree.

  • March 23, 2002, 12:34 a.m. CST

    What movie did you see again?

    by Interfan

    All of these positive reviews seem to be missing the fact that this movie is a disappointment. It's not as good as the first (which is typical) and I wouldn't suggest anyone go see this movie. First, Wesley Snipes is a great actor who makes average pictures interesting and bad ones something to make you remain in your seat. He has that coolness only Chow Yung Fat and Samuel Jackson seem to exude when on screen. When given material, he runs with it leaving everyone in the dust. He is not to blame for this picture because he performs to the standard which I expect from him. I am certain that the third Blade will be better making this one forgettable. The problem with this film is that it is more interested in mood and effects than plot or character development. Blade is the same from beginning to end with no discernable growth or change in his character--unlike the first one where he defined his character's humanity and purpose in his mission. His chemistry with his co-stars is almost none (especially with the female character, Nissa). I'm not expecting much, but even the return of Whistler is another unemotional moment for Blade. Only the sizing up between Perlman and Snipes seemed to come close but it really had no spark either. It seemed forced and awkward to me. Perhaps both actors sensed that the scenes weren't convincing or or the director had no ideas on how to establish characters. Whatever it was, the scenes between all of the actors seldom came together. As for the characters, we don't care anything about them, which is what makes a film great or interesting. The Bloodpack are hard boiled vamp mercenaries. They are so hard boiled that the thought of something tougher, almost indestructable, and preying on them for food does not even register. Fear often gives the hardboiled an edge as it is turned into a test of their prowess and survival not a test of their attention spans. It's all ho-hum and the extinction of their species does not effect them in the least. Then there is a question who is the Alpha vamp of the pack. Is it the daughter of the head of the vampire nation? Is it the black vampire (sorry don't know his characters name)who brings the cease fire? Is it Ron Perlman's character who butts head with Blade? This is an important role as this is the one who leads and gives the orders to the others. It is this lack of distinction that makes the whole Blood Pack irrelevant to the story. Then there is the story which never seems to come together either. The reasons for them needing a truce with Blade is not justified. Sure Blade has advantages, but it seems as if the vampire nation could handle the Reavers with their humans and vampires all on their own. We never get the sense of need for Blade. Is he needed as insurance or does the whole success of the mission depend on his participation? This point is never made clearly or consistently. The director is consistent with the mood, but not much of the foreign location is used effectively. When you shoot a film overseas, there is much more to a city besides sewers, crumbling buildings (what can't find those in East St. Louis or New Jersey anymore and have to go somewhere else?)and non descript interiors. In the first film, New York City was an effective backdrop unlike this one where it all seems to have been shot all on a soundstage. The strength of this movie is the effects, mood, and make up. If you like those things, you will love this picture and overlook all of the problems I have mentioned like the previous AINC reviewers have. Yes, the make up and effects are good. If that is what you can equate to receiving good oral sex then you will get your itch scratched. For the rest of us who value, plot, acting, character development, and a reason to be, we leave only feeling numb, unsatisfed, and vowing never to sleep with that person again.

  • March 23, 2002, 12:41 a.m. CST

    not THAT great

    by Conceptualizer

    ok, the movie had some good moments. the best fight sequence was the first though, so i was let down with all the ones that followed. it needed an actual story and a little character development. still, the best movie of 2002 is brotherhood of the wolf. thats a quality movie

  • March 23, 2002, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Is it bad?....

    by MPJedi2

  • March 23, 2002, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Is it bad?....

    by MPJedi2

    No. But it ain't that great either. I got suckered, like so many other people. I've gotta remember, "When Harry's 'buddies' make a picture, his opinion is worth shit." Not to mention everyone else on the site. I don't think studios are buying Harry, but he damn sure loves to talk up his friends, doesn't he?

  • March 23, 2002, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Haters

    by Nomak

    What do you guys want? You get some of the best action sceans in so long (When I tossed the "Daaaywalker" around and his head went thru the pillar, the fight with the "shock" guards) all you guys fucking do is bitch I should come and eat all your kids you lame sis'apuss's....be happy with what you get bitches cause the all movies could be Rollerball! *finger* fuck you and your spelling comments, cattle!

  • And I am not disappointed by this film in the least. If anything, rather like the Matrix, I was left kind of shell-shocked. Blade II has so much to absorb: five fairly long fight sequences, the extremely well-done evilness of the Reapers, the fact that this is quite possibly the *most* anime-inspired movie ever, the reminder that, yes, Donnie Yen played Wong Fei-Hung's father in Iron Monkey, and his expertise with an umbrella is eerily mirrored in the Nyssa/Blade swordfight. And then, of course, was Nomak/Blade fight, which *seriously* kicked ass. CG stuntment can sell the punishment and the moves in ways actors on wires just can't, and I thought the wrestling moves were great, and truly brutal in a way I can't really believe WWF matches are. Great fun, and I will be seeing it again, so I can acclimate myself to Guillermo Del Toro's cinematic action language.

  • March 23, 2002, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Just saw it, the good and the bad

    by coop

    Just throwing in my two cents, overall it's an entertaining flick and worth checking out. It was an almost non-stop action film and much darker and scarier than the first. That said, it's not the great comic book film people are making it out to be. The cgi effects are somewhat cheesy, (not mummy returns cheesy but it's obvious animation). The action Kung Fu scenes are framed too close to the action so it doesn't let you see the coolness like in the Matrix and the ninja type vampires after their visit to Blade never really show any more skills. In the beginning you see these bad asses fighting Blade with such speed and skill that they give Blade some real competition, then when they meet up with the bad guys, they are no different than anyone else with a gun. I wanted to see some real crazy action when the big showdown happened but it didn't happen. It should have been a mix between Aliens and the Matrix but instead it was Alien 4 mixed with The One. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, you'll like it too but you have to go in with reasonable expectations. Just expect a thoroughly entertaining action/horror flick and you won't be disappointed. Just don't expect the best Kung Fu/Comic book/Horror movie ever.

  • March 23, 2002, 1:40 a.m. CST

    What?

    by Interfan

  • March 23, 2002, 1:40 a.m. CST

    What?

    by Interfan

  • March 23, 2002, 1:41 a.m. CST

    What?

    by Interfan

    Let me just ask "what was so evil about the Reapers other than their appearence?"

  • March 23, 2002, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, one really good thing

    by coop

    The reapers were really creepy and scary. The villians in this film really do make the rest of the vampires look like fluffy little bunnies in comparision.

  • March 23, 2002, 1:49 a.m. CST

    THEY GET A HK SUPERSTAR TO APPEAR IN THE FILM AND THEY ONLY KEEP

    by jennababe

    Is it just me or does it bug anybody else that Mortiarty mentions his damn girlfriend in every damn review?

  • March 23, 2002, 1:52 a.m. CST

    VAMPIRE HUNTER D BLOODLUST

    by undone29

    Am I the only one who noticed all the similiarities between BLADE II and D:BLOODLUST? The BloodPack is almost a direct rip from the hunters in BLOODLUST. BLADE II is a good ACTION movie, good not great, but overall it seemed too cheesy, too fast, and trying to hard to one up every action film that has come between 1 and 2.

  • March 23, 2002, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Officially resigning...

    by wielgosz

    "...anyone who walks away with anything less than an idiot's grin on his face should hand in his geek membership card at the door." Moriarty, just tell me where I can mail my card to, as there was no one to turn it in to outside the theater. Thanks.

  • March 23, 2002, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Decent, but just more of the same.......

    by jordantylo

    I saw Blade 2 yesterday and to be quite honest I wasn't all that impressed. Maybe it had to do with the fact that I spent 45 minutes in line in the middle of the day (12:00 P.M., jeez was Friday or holiday or did everyone just take a day off from work??) just to get tickets for a 12:45 show. Maybe it had to do with the fact that just a few days before I saw what many consider to be the greatest film of all time for the second time (Fellowship of the Ring that is...) and it kind of spoiled the film for me. In any case I thought the film was somewhat cliche' at certain moments (the dialogue between the Bloodpack and Blade) and downright corny at others (what was up with the emphasis on WWF moves anyway???) I just feel that this film could have been so much more. Snipes has proven himself on numerous occassion to be a thesbian force to be reckoned with, yet in this film it's just more of the same billy-bad-ass-oooooh don't I look cool in Ray-Bans image that was made oh so very popular (and now incredibly derivitive) in the Matrix. Anyway, if your just chillin' with the crew this weekend and want an action-packed thrill ride, than go see this film. It's fun but to be honest it doesn't offer much new to the genre.

  • March 23, 2002, 3:01 a.m. CST

    "John Carpenter's THE THING a gaggle of HK action movies BUF

    by Tall_Boy

    dude, that quote fucking ruled! I wanna see that on the box! (Ps - the hype on this flick on this site is high and even at the beginning I thought it might let down, but as soon as the Reapers show up, this flick kicks into high gear! That dude who played Reaper-zero was great!!!)

  • March 23, 2002, 3:12 a.m. CST

    He's the blade, I'm the rapper

    by bib fortuna

    I liked the movie overall. A good brain-cell killing action flick. But I disagree with M. here. The sidekick scud was too annoying. His relationahip with Whistler was texbook old meets young stuff. I should've been happy when he died but by then I didn't care anyomre. Overall it was good though.

  • March 23, 2002, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Thanks

    by Nomak

    "Reaper-Zero" ? Thanks, the rest of you haters can go lick cause's ton'ght I am going to fuck 'all necks....

  • March 23, 2002, 3:20 a.m. CST

    I'm not the kind to normally enjoy this kind of movie...

    by Keyser195

    ...and I don't even like the first "Blade" at all, but this movie pretty much rocks as hard as a vampire-hunter flick is ever going to rock. I mean, honestly, how can you not at least be entertained by the constant carnage and mayhem in this film? Ron Perlman, Snipes, Goss - badass motherfuckers all. And I thought the CG-stunt stuff gave the movie a unique look. I don't care if it's photoreal, or fakie-looking, or exaggerated, or WWF-style - it looked good. I'm not typically into action-horror as a genre, but this one earned my $8, and then some.

  • March 23, 2002, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Final fight between Blade and Nomak, Final Fight > Matrix Subway

    by Pabodie

    Also: The silver garotte motorcycle grab was one of the coolest fighting moves of all time (I'm sure one of you will come back that it was ripped off from some HK movie, but whatever, it got me off).

  • March 23, 2002, 5 a.m. CST

    cgi is horrible lets keep it oldschool

    by MattTCO

    ok all horror movies (and even action/horror movies) should only use one shot of cgi per movie because god damn the movie was cool but they over did the cgi. You dont just use cgi to use cgi i would rather them put them in strings like the matrix or blue screen just dont do cgi it looks so fake. Blade was a better movie its a 9 out of 10 blade 2 was about a 6 out of 10 but if u really want a good oldschool fx vampire movie dusk till dawn is were its at.

  • March 23, 2002, 5:41 a.m. CST

    BLADE vs BUFFY? Does Anyony Actually Still Believes She'd Wi

    by The Founder

    Why this man went on record and said that Buffy would mop the floor with Blade is beyond me. I like Buffy, but Whedon thinks to much of his character. Blade vs Buffy? I'm not going to bash Buffy, but she's out of her league, nuff said!

  • March 23, 2002, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Some Of You Are ILL, This Movie Was Good, And Who Is Luke Goss?

    by The Founder

    Face it people this is as cool as we're going to get from Hollywood. Sure we'll get on occasion a film that'll rivel Blade 2, but they are going to be few and far between. I think Spidey will be good, but I already know that it isn't going to touch Blade 2 in terms if action. Spidey will have more fantasy moments that will grab you instead of cool kick @ss action, well I hoping at least, but I have faith in Rami. Who the devil is Luke Goss? How come I've never heard of him? I'm 25, and if he's a boyband member from the 80's or whatever I should be familar with him at the least. Well he was good in Blade, and he has some acting chops from the looks of it, but I still stand by NSYNC not being in EP2, They can't act, and I've seen proof. Can you imagine Justin Timberlake in the lead Reapers role? After you're done thinking about that, be glad it was Goss.

  • March 23, 2002, 7:09 a.m. CST

    blade 2: are you fucking kidding me? **SPOILERS**

    by BEARison Ford

    listen i'll be the first one to tell you that the original Blade has it's shortcomings, but at the end of the day i still retain that it's a fairly enjoyable flick that has some good repeat viewing possibilities. i've read the gargantuan, almost overwhelming positive reviews of blade 2 here and on other sites, although seriously it's a little hard to deny that AICN has been pimping this movie way too hard, and let's be honest: it's because harry and guillermo are friends. that said i walked into Blade 2 cautiously, but i had an inkling of hope that it was actually as good as i was hearing. wrong. let's face it, blade 2 has some real good shit going for it. wesley snipes owns the role and you can tell he still has a lot of fun with it, but why give him the SAME bullshit to do from the first movie? same poses, same dilemmas, same everything. so he SMILES a little bit more. great. the only interesting character arch was where for a brief second Blade seems to question his motives due to Nyssa's "i was born into vampirism" shpeal, but what the fuck? all that is literally forgotten in minutes. throw that out the window. second, i really do think the special effects were top notch here, specifically the CG stunts. i've heard some people complain about it, but someone said it better before, "are you thinking it's CG because you KNOW it's CG or because you're looking at the impossible?" for all Blade 2 has going for it though, it really blows it with it's (and someone put it really fucking genius here) Alien 4 meets The One bullshit. too many bullshit characters nobody gives a fuck about. too many plot inconsistencies (my favorite being Blade's pause with the Ron Perlman explosive device. dude, you mean to tell me you're holding out on killing the VAMPIRE with the thing just so you can kill the HUMAN guy and have the last word? you've got to be kidding me). the Nyssa character and her whole family was essentially wasted as well. why not make Nyssa just as kickass as Blade? of course Blade has to save her neck in the end, how typical. Great storyarch with her and her whole family too, i'd really give a shit if i knew anything about them anyway. and what's with the dialogue? FATHER! BROTHER! come ON, NOBODY talks like that, not even fucked up Hobo Predator vampires. Overall this movie could have used some extreme tightening. Such a disappointment.

  • March 23, 2002, 7:18 a.m. CST

    C'mon, I'm sure this site could pimp for 'Blade 2&#3

    by Martin_Blank

    What I saw yesterday had some decent special effects and the Reapers were cool, but Jesus, this was just an action-horror flick, not the second coming of John Carpenter and James Cameron rolled into one. Between Roger "Brilliant Vomitorium" Ebert and y'guys here on AICN, a lot of people are gonna walk into this expecting the moon and the stars and they'll get basically...'Blade 2.' Guess this means I have to turn in my geek membership card now. No big loss.

  • March 23, 2002, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Over-hyped (as usual) but still a damn good time

    by Veidt

    I wish sites - like this one in particular - would stop doing movies the disservice of hyping them to the moon. I really, really liked Blade II but as others have said - it's not the second-coming. It deserves a lot of credit for being a kick-ass movie but it's flawed (like most films). It took me a couple of viewings to appreciate Pitch Black for what it was (a decent B-movie) just because AICN did it the "favor" of making it sound like geek nirvana. The kind of hype that Harry peddles here does a lot of movies more harm than good I think. Whenever a film doesn't live up to its outrageous hype (as if any film could - we'd be disappointed in The Exorcist or Star Wars if AICN has been around to hype them), fans tend to be resentful towards the movie. I like Blade II about as much as the first film. To me, it evens out. Some aspects I liked more, some less. It was cool, I would recommend it, and I'll definitely see it again. But next time AICN decides to hype a movie, I wish they'd try and keep it more low-key. As for the person who said From Dusk Till Dawn was an example of an "old-school" vampire film - are you high? Dusk Till Dawn is FILLED with CGI. It's all over the place - almost every vampire death is CGI'd to the hilt. That said, I liked the CGI in Blade II for the most part - especially in the fighting scenes where it was used to give a cool anime-feel. It's definitely a step up from the CGI in the first film.

  • March 23, 2002, 9:53 a.m. CST

    (Sling) Blade II

    by tvc15

    "i sure do lahk those french fried,pertaters." anybody remember when Wesley Snipes used to be an "actor"? is this the same guy that did such great work in Mo Better Blues? Where did you go, Wesley??? Anyhow. Saw Blade 2 last night. Packed, enthusiatic house. lots of "yikes" in the right places. lots of laughs in (hopefully) the right places. i had a good time. it was essentially eye candy, but it didnt really stick with me after i walked out of the theater. I actually nodded off a few times near the end (no fault of the film, i was just sleepy). i agree the cg in the fight scenes was almost too painfully obvious and that the acting was stiff and that you could drive a car through the plot holes. ( i agree w/ the talkbacker about the whole Scud thing. if blade knew he was a juda, why wait so long to off him. it just did't play well for me. it seemed cheap.) I loved the vampire club scene. the reaper tearing itself off the sword really creeped me out. all in all. a good movie. not agreat movie. but, go see it, you'll have fun. i just rented Donnie Darko. that's a movie that sticks with you after it's done. Loved it!!!

  • March 23, 2002, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Aliens

    by SeanMiller

    So hype on this site was a little over the top, but in the end Blade 2 was very entertaining. Thanks Harry for cranking the hype machine into overdrive, otherwise I would have waited for DVD. However, I was a little let down with the Blood Pack. Supposedly they all trained for two years just to kill Blade. I don't think so. The only ones with any fighting/survival talent were the two ninjas and the snow guy. The only thing the rest could do was fire a gun. The chick with pink hair. What the hell was she doing in the blood pack? Same goes for Priest and the other two tough guys. They must have known that to kill Blade you half to have more than tough. The movie also let down in the end. The Nyssa chick should have turned Reaper in the end and fought it out one last time with Blade. One final Matrix style fight and the movie would have been complete. The first half hour was the best. Finally, the tunnel scene wanted to be Aliens, but really didn;t come close. We will never get another group of characters like Hudson, Hicks, and Basquez? No film has come close to recreating the feel and look of Aliens

  • March 23, 2002, 10:38 a.m. CST

    The movie rocks

    by Rodan

    The only place this movie was "over-hyped" was on this site, and personally I'm glad that all the AICN reviewers got excited about it because otherwise I probably wouldnt have gone and at the end of the day it DOES kick ass. And Wesley Snipes is one bad mutha - snapping necks, slicing limbs, breaking bones, he makes Keanu "I Know Kung Fu" Reeves look like a freakin' wuss in comparison. Sure its silly, its campy, whatever - but it still kicks more ass than any movie in a LONG time....

  • March 23, 2002, 10:47 a.m. CST

    not good

    by holyRoller

    This is a poor movie. Comparing this to The Matrix is like comparing The Sword and the Sorcerer to FOTR. Sure the movie had a good mood and nice costumes, but the dialogue was thin, the plot was predictable and uncreative, and the special effects were terrible. The Matrix not only had style, but carefully crafted its fighting and the special effects to fit within the bounds of the special effects abilities of the film. Anytime the fighters (except Donnie Yen) had any kind of flip, they used CG for it. And the CG looked more like rubber bending figures than actual people. Stop animation would probably have been better, its that bad. This movie is worse than The One. It will hurt you. Sorry Moriarty, I love your work, but you were wrong with this mediocre, forgettable movie.

  • March 23, 2002, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Matrix 2

    by SeanMiller

    Now there is a good idea for Matix 2. Neo and crew free Blade from the Matrix and enlist him to join the team and take out bad guys in suits with shades. Oh yeah, I gues they could free whistler so he can repair the ship after it got sliced in half buy those octopuses thingees.

  • March 23, 2002, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Black Panther and Hellboy

    by holidill

    Wesley wants to do Black Panther based on the great comic book. I think he would be pretty good. Ron Pearlman as Hellboy? YESSSSSS!Better than Vin Diesel. And the story idea for Blade 3 sounds perfect! Also Hulk 2 in 2005! Elektra spin off in works! Damn it's great to be a comic fan. Of course things could still go wrong.

  • March 23, 2002, 11:20 a.m. CST

    The Blade/Nomak battle aka the "Dragon Ball Z" fight

    by Terry_1978

    That's what the kids in the theatre were calling it after the movie. And I do agree with them...the high ass jumps, and the flying elbows from like two to three stories in the air....Goku and Vegeta have nothing on that final confrontation.

  • March 23, 2002, 11:37 a.m. CST

    TOO MUCH CUTTING ON THE FUCKING FIGHT SCENES!!!

    by Black Ceaser

    When will these Hollywood hacks learn how to shoot and cut a good martial arts fight scene. Blade and the bloodpack (sounds like a medical supply implement) could have been doing some good choreography in Blade II but I couldn't see shit because they cut it too fucking fast. I can see if it's a skilless fuck like Van Dam or Segal but Wesly's got some flavor but that shit was all lost in what ultimately comes across as clumsy clobbering followed by cool poses. The first one was much better the fight scenes where staged like a story with begining middle and end and they also had what Blade II didn't have and that was RYTHM! In the Blade 1 DVD Wesly goes on about the rythm of a fight scene but these had none as a matter of fact they wouldn't be out of place in an episode of Walker Texas ranger. The first one was also better because it insinuated that vampires walk among us! In Blade II where was the US! Who was I suppose to care for? The bloodpack? Did I really think Blade was NOT going to suceede? Was I suppose to fear for the life of NISSA? WHISTLER? Whistler gets his ass kicked more than Frank Vincent in Martin Scorcesse movies. All in All Blade II was an average movie. It had a lot of potential but ultimately they dropped the ball. In my opinion Norrington kicks Deltoro's ass. Blade 1 was cool and sexy like a movie made by someone who gets pussy Blade II feels like a move made by someone who can't.

  • March 23, 2002, 11:59 a.m. CST

    editing

    by SeanMiller

    I have to disagree. I thought the fights were cut very nicely. Iw as always able to follow who was doing what to whom. It looked good. It was fast, hard, and your face. The first close quaters figth scene in the hallway was awesome. However, the CGI of the vampires being shot and turning into little orange fire flies sucked. That also goes for the first one. Why not just keep them bloody. Have Blade use his RCP90 and blow some many holes into these guys that blood shoots everywhere. Everytime one of the vampires died I couldn't see anything because of all the damm orange balls of light!

  • March 23, 2002, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I like the fact that Cat from Red Dwarf is in it

    by Darth Buttafuoco

    It was oddly pleasing seeing him in a big Hollywood film.

  • March 23, 2002, 1:24 p.m. CST

    If Scud is working for the Bloodpack/Reapers, why did the Reaper

    by clockORANGEwork

    Yea, I know the answer is lousy writing. They didn't want the audience to suspect that he was working for the bad guys. Afterwards, we're just supposed to forget that that happened.

  • March 23, 2002, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Good review

    by Silver_Joo

    Harry seems to become infatuated with being part of the propaganda for the big movies, reviews like this are necessary. Thankyou, and HArry needs to start actually reviewing a movie with less baggage and emotional attachment, so that we get an opinion we can trust and maybe use.

  • March 23, 2002, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Norman Reedus

    by Milktoast

    Wow. I looked this guy up on IMDB. The dude was born in 1969! I thought the fucker was younger than I was and he's almost ten years older. This is the best part of his bio: "Dated model Bridget Hall Formerly a model for Prada Had a baby boy with Helena Christensen." And now he's in Blade 2.

  • March 23, 2002, 2:26 p.m. CST

    um... clockORANGEwork...

    by endersai

    ********spoilers*********** The reapers and the Bloodpack weren't teamed up - the Reapers strain started in the Nomak, the head of the Shadow Council's son. Then he trasmitted it to others, and saught revenge on his father. Scud was working for the bloodpack, right? The reapers attack. It makes sense. Scud wasn't working for the Reapers, because they're just blood thirsty monsters. They didn't work for the Bloodpack.

  • March 23, 2002, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Re: clockORANGEwork

    by Veidt

    Scud wasn't working for the Reapers. The Reapers weren't aligned with anyone. Scud was working with the Bloodpack but a) The Reapers wouldn't have known that and b) it wouldn't have mattered if they did. I hate it when someone accuses a movie of sloppy writing when they just haven't been paying attention. There were a few narrative shortcuts that Goyer could've elaborated on (the realtionship between Nomak and his father, for instance) but it didn't get in the way of how ass-kicking the movie was as a whole. And I thought the editing on the fight scenes was extremely well done and not confusing at all. And as far as the fight scenes being no different than what you'd see on Walker: Texas Ranger - give me a break. I love it when filmmakers bend over backwards to come up with cool shit only to have some people just not get it at all. Blade II may not be perfect but it does have more than its share of amazing moments.

  • March 23, 2002, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Is it me or does Scud look like Guns-N-Roses ex-guitarist, Gilby

    by FanHalen

    Anywho, I loved the Mike Mignola costume designs! Del Toro better fucking make HellBoy this cool!

  • March 23, 2002, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Unofficial Friday box office numbers are in...and BLADE II is on

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    1) Blade II - $11.73M 2) Ice Age - $7.47M 3) ET - $4.70M 4) Showtime - $2.63M 5) Resident Evil - $2.08M ------ At this rate, Blade II is well on its way to a $100 million box office take. I'm guesstimating that the opening weekend take will be a little over $30M. Going to see it tonight because of the NCAA tournament last night (priorities, people...priorities). Hope it's a good popcorn flick!

  • March 23, 2002, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Subterranean Sewers Below???

    by StarUnlit

    ... as opposed to high-flying sewers above? Well, most of your reviews are well-written old boy.

  • March 23, 2002, 4:10 p.m. CST

    aliens + Batman + crappy action edit + WWF + Predator = Blade 2

    by holoholojoe

    nuf said.

  • March 23, 2002, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Scud. **spoilers**

    by BEARison Ford

    i don't care who the fuck he was "working" for, they really didn't setup that plot device too well at ALL. Character development for this movie was at a nil. but ASIDE from that... it's so goddamn derivative, WHY did they have to include it?

  • March 23, 2002, 5:04 p.m. CST

    blade was boring

    by robbiesincox

    i don't get the aicn guys, i thought blade took itself way too seriously, i didn't have fun with it at all...except for the end, and certain small scenes. way too much story in that sucker.

  • March 23, 2002, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Blade 2 Kicks MAJOR MONKEY ASS!!!

    by DarthBrocko

    Alright, listen up you honky tonks! LOL That had to be one of the funniest lines from the movie (or similar, if I haven't quoted it properly). This movie was flat out awesome, well worth the admission price and then some. The action was top-notch, the thrills and chills of it all was better than expected and how the story went, spiced everything up. All who oppose this movie must've been asleep or somethin because this movie doesn't dissapoint. I'd almost say it was better than the first, actually yeah I will say that. Only for the fact of the Reapers and the cool costumes. But the first one was good as well. It got me thinking, the Reapers look fairly close to another movie bad guy.....does Jeepers Creepers come to mind with jaws opening? Who cares though, nowadays nothings all that original whats taken from one thing is incorporated into another. Anyhow, give this movie a try you should be glad you did.

  • March 23, 2002, 6:18 p.m. CST

    One other thing...

    by DarthBrocko

    While watching the trailers before Blade 2 started they had like a total of 5 or 6 (can't remember?) but of the ones they did show were XXX, Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, Jason X and some others. One thing to note here was when Jason X was playing, the audience had burst out into laughter when the title came up at the end of the trailer. Could this be a sign of the end for Jason? There's so many reviews saying this movie is great but from the lack of enthusisams from the audience, it seems that this is some washed up crap. I'm not going along with it though, I'm a hardcore horror fan and sure the FT13th movie are getting old but with age comes good things, so Jason X should be strong for awhile.

  • March 23, 2002, 6:21 p.m. CST

    STING BLADE

    by TomVee

    A major review of BLADE II that appeared in papers nationwide yesterday gave it best a mixed review. Apparently, when there is no fighting going on, everyone sort of stands (or skulks) around. The review suggests BLADE II is for the hardcore fan only. Too bad, so sad. Are there enough hardcore fans to support this film?

  • March 23, 2002, 6:46 p.m. CST

    The hype for this movie is pathetic!

    by sanc_reunion

    Okay, I just laid down some cash to see this turd, and boy do I regret it. Sure, there are some keen fight scenes, but how that awful CGI got past final cut baffles me. --- All the posing and extraneous sword-spinning was ridiculous. I don't care if it's based on a comic book. Figures in comic books pose like that because the story is told visually via single frames. There is no excuse for such ridiculousness in motion pictures. And as for the sword-spinning, the first rule of any effective martial art is NO WASTED MOVEMENT. Hi, that means not flipping and twirling your sword around 55 times before pausing to thrust or parry. Flair can be expressed without needing to resort to stupidity. --- This movie's plot was threadbare, lame, and stupidly inconsistent at times. When did every vampire get to be so stupid and base? Even if they were ripoffs of Vampire: the Masquerade, I preferred the cunning vampires of the first Blade movie to these cussin', dense, black-ninja-single-file-fightin' dolts. --- Despite everything else, even the Blade-qua-Gumby CGI, I might have liked this movie had the middle HOUR not been a total snoozefest. Hunting the one-dimensional reapers got boring after 5 minutes, sorry. Ron Perlman was underwhelming despite all the fellating he got for this role on this site. The rest of the "Blood Pack" were laughable. --- If *I* were to compare this movie to a sexual experience, I'd liken it to cunnilingus as well... only when you get down there you suddenly hear Boy George on the radio and you discover Jaye Davidson's secret and recoil in shock and horror. --- Three interestingly-choreographed fights is not worth $8. For $8 you can head to Suncoast and get "The Best of Jackie Chan" from the bargain bin and have enough cash left for an ice cream cone or a Cinnabon. Blade II is second-run/rental quality only.

  • March 23, 2002, 6:47 p.m. CST

    AlleyKatD hit the nail on the head

    by TomVee

    BLADE II, she opines, is for "a select audience." Not mainstream. Is the select audience enough to help BLADE II makes back its money?

  • March 23, 2002, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Blade 2 was poor at best

    by w13

    I loved the first Blade movie. I even saw it numerous times taking other people (who probably wouldn't have seen it) with me. Yesterday, about 20 of us from work went to go see Blade 2. Out of 20 of us, 1 person really liked it and the other 19 of us had opinions that ranged from underwhelmed to outright loathing. Personally, I thought it sucked. The pedestrian plot was full of gigantic holes and breaks in logic. The fight scenes were edited into complete incomprehensible nonsense that was near impossible to follow. The Bloodpack were a bunch of trite, cartoon characters who added nothing to the movie. The soundtrack was a bunch of crap. Just about the only thing they got right was the Tim Bradstreet look of the movie. Nomak was cool too. As far as people complaining about *SPOILERS*, you've got to be kidding me. There were absolutely no compelling plot twists in the movie. My vote for the most laugh out loud line in the movie? How about Whistler saying to Blade, 'C'mon kid, don't you die on me.' What a bunch of old yeller crap. I really wanted to like this movie.

  • March 23, 2002, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Norman Reedus

    by JdRavnos

    Moriarty, if you like Reedus, check him out in "Boondock Saints" if you haven't already. You'll probably only find it at Blockbuster, but it's a worthwhile flick.

  • March 23, 2002, 7:17 p.m. CST

    i didnt really care for this one much

    by oorat22

    it was just ok for me. i like the first one better, i didnt mind most of the cgi, it was ok, but that fucking horrible cgi of blade and nyssa fighing infront of the spotlights? was that supposed to look the the princess fight with robin hood in shrek animation? cause it sure fucking did. and then the stupid fucking wrestling moves? cant think of the name of the one blade used, but i just loved how the human put his feet straight up so blade could hold him there and then fall backwards(a power drop?) or the elbow drop that nomack did to blade in the ending fight. or the fact that the blood pack was utterly fucking useless, and only 4 of them had any screen time. im trying to figure out why harry hyped this fucking movie to death as if it was the second cuming(hehe) or has if he was talking about the two towers. this movie had a cool idea, cool design, and some ok cgi that got used waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to fucking much. but i doubt harry would actually post a bad reveiw for this movie, hell look at resident evil, people have said other websites had both good and bad reveiws, and what do we get for it, one reveiw, by a guy who didnt like it. so i guess i must be a bad person, cause i enjoyed resident evil more than blade. welp, all i can say is the fate for my viewing of episode two is sealed, i wont be seeing it untill i hear what my friends think of it, or if someone else buys the ticket, cause after harry praising the fuck outta this film, and hating a film just because of he dislikes the director, but likes movies like phantom menace(and if i hear one more person it was a good beginning because it had all the characters meet, then i guess it wouldve been okay too if it had been written by and star the cast of friends just cause it wouldve had them all meeting) i think ill watch chopper again, now there is a movie.

  • March 23, 2002, 8:02 p.m. CST

    This movie was devoid of human interest.

    by Batutta

    I didn't give a goddman about any single character in this entire dark blur of a movie. Anyone who compares it to ALIENS is a moron. ALIENS had the aforementioned human interest lacking in this flick.

  • March 23, 2002, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Good movie not great movie why the over the top praise

    by spoits

    I like the violence blood and action BUTTTT I can think of better vampire movies. from dusk till dawn , hunger etc better action movies matrix etc. there is not much acting as such and no nudity. if it did not move so quickly and look so good it might have been a bad movie. ron pearlman rocked though

  • March 23, 2002, 8:07 p.m. CST

    THIS MOVIE ROOOOCKED!!!!

    by Clockwork Taxi

    anyone who says different is a cunt hair away from hillbilly heaven.

  • March 23, 2002, 9:13 p.m. CST

    AICN has officially Jumped the Shark

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    We witness it right here folks. There have been many occasions when it looked like the site was losing it and/or selling out, but three raving reviews including whatever the hell that Harry review was proves it. All down hill from here.

  • March 23, 2002, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Power Puff Girls?

    by ILK

    I'm a huge power puff fan, and I noticed NUMEROUS power puff references in the film including the show playing on the TV in the background a FEW times as well as "buttercup" used as a nickname/insult. Anything I'm missing? Someone in the production/design? I agree 98% with Moriarty, and preferred this film over the first for various reasons. But like the first, I left feeling as though I was missing something. Not that it wasn't a fine film, it was. Kind of like having a very satisfying meal and paying for the check, then realize when you reach the car that the waiter never offered you a dessert menu. You're fine, but just slightly incomplete. Makeup, effects, choreography (ok.. if I hear "hong kong legend ____" in a trailer again I will puke) cinematography, acting, all fantastic. Some cheesy dialog, but nothing that makes you sneer. BTW, thanks for another great review, Moriarty. ...ilk gotilk.com

  • March 23, 2002, 10:30 p.m. CST

    blade 2

    by dhend_98

    when blade had to narrate his backstory, something not done in the original, I knew this wasn't going to be as good as the original. stephen norrington directed the original with an original vision that reworked the vampire genre and he kicked it off with sprinkler's spraying blood to the beat of New Order's Confusion. Apart from some interesting "video game" shots that track blade (well the CG version of him) kicking & jumping through the air, this movies editing, in parts, makes Michael Bay's editing style resemble Kubrick's. the film has the underground look he utilized in Mimic, but when the action starts, he can't not use repeated flash-frame edits to keep a flow. It almost hurts to watch the action as much as it does the weak story. frankly the music, if you can call rap music, actually makes use of the soundtrack that "inspired" the original soundtrack. the story was weak, scud was a fucking riff on noah taylor's character in Tomb Raider and i fucking hated Tomb Raider. Why bring Kris Kristofferson back? I liked him in the first, but he does nothing in this movie except play window dressing to a weak story anyhow. Why was the character of Robert the Bruce's father in Braveheart re-used again as Father Vampire? Ron Pearlman seems to want to play "good bad guys" so he can break free from his Beauty & the beast typecast, but I could have done without him, here. If I wanted to see Reinhart character I would have rented Alien Ressurection. As I watched this movie, I thought, okay, not bad. the second half plays better than the rest, but now that I'm breaking down the good and bad of it, I'm not writing anything good am I. the only good thing to come of this movie is a sequel's sequel as this is about as much of vampire movie as from dusk till dawn is. At least they're doing another blade and rather than another tomb raider. oh wait!

  • even though the movie had some cool parts. --->Here are the problems with the picture: 1)The Father Vamp backstory 2)Del Toro approving of directing this story and 3)did I mention the backstory? ---->Ok...The story has a nice basis to start with...a REAPER coming out of nowhere to feed on people. The Reaper numbers grow. Blade is approached to help the vampires get rid of this big threat. Here's what went wrong--->The subplot of the Father Vamp trying to create a Daywalker race by conducting experiments. DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF JUDGE DREDD??????? Sure, the movie would have been cool if this stupid element wasn't in the movie. I would have liked it if the Reapers were a *genetic anomally* with a means to spread the disease. If Novak was an anomally(and wasn't related to Father Vamp) and didn't have the chance to spread this Reaper virus easily, the story could've worked due to this tense situation. But, I guess they wrote the story this way so that in the third movie, 20 years later, the vampires will rule the world by becoming daywalkers and Blade will need to do something about it. But what the hell could he do? Fight valiently against 5 Billion others like himself? Sheesh...------>I loved the first Blade because it was NEW and fresh. Norrington also made a difference with his awsome direction. I thought the vampire group lead by Frost in the first movie was more dangerous than the Bloodpack in Blade2. Am I wrong? Most of the characters in the Bloodpack only talked the talk and never walked the walk. All they did was shoot bullets and swing swords and hammers. At least Frost's troop were hip and had funny and cool speaking parts(Frost's right-hand man was a trip!). Although, I did like the fight scenes including the first one with Nisa and that other dude in the warehouse. Nisa and that other dude did all the fighting for the pack. Again, how tough was this bunch of hombres? ------->MOST of the friggin music sucked too. The first film's music ROCKED and fit the story. Oh well, there goes 12$$$$ of my hard earned cash. I might get the DVD just to see everything I missed in the fight scenes. Or I might not...

  • March 24, 2002, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Blade II

    by Caine

    It could have been so much better... There were a lot of really good ideas there, and some of the visuals were very good (and in the "House of Pain" sequence, quite disturbing as well). Some BIG plot holes also killed it for me, as well as some of the badly-used CGI. My thoughts: (1) The fight between Blade and the two vampire-ninjas(?) in the beginning had so much potential, and could have been FANTASTIC - but it was a victim of bad CGI. Not TOO MUCH CGI, BAD CGI. They did not look real, and they acton was too much like a bad video game. The action was just as impossible in Blade, but was more beleivable, and LOOKED real. (2) Since Nyssa has trained WITH the Bloodpack, and was BORN a vampire, why didn't she hate Blade just as much as the rest of them??? (3) In Blade, The Vampire Nation was ruled by a council of 12, the heads of the 12 tribes making up the council, with glyphs representing each of the tribes... Where were the other 11 tribes? (3) It was daylight in the church where Blade and Nomak battled, but it was raining and at night where Skud and Whistler were at the same time, continuity??? (4) Where was the Doctor from Blade? She could not go back to her old life, the Vampires new of her, and were involved in everything. (5) If The Reapers need to feed every 2 hours, and Nomak was on the loose for at least 2 days... A little basic math will tell you that in the space of 24 hours you will have over 5,000 "Crack addict" vampires. It is a power series (anyone remember calculus), 1+2+4+8+16+32+64+128+256+512+1024+2048+4096 = 8191. That is, provided that they each bite one victim. If they do not get their 'fix' - they die. (6) Why did Blade turn Wishy-washy on Nyssa? He said that he got a little piece of his humanity back every time he killed one of them in the first movie, didn't he? She was Born a vampire, and the rest of the blood pack WERE vampires - they had hunted and killed humans, doesn't that make them the enemy??? (7) Doesn't it take Blade TIME to regenerate his wounds? The blood he got in the first one from the doctor merely replaced what he had lost. In "Blade II" he had MAJOR tissue damage, not to mention some broken Bones (A shotgun blast will do that, not to mention a 1" diameter steel spike going through your wrist or between your radius and ulna). (8) If You can shot through the skull, which is made of bone, why can't you shoot through the bone encasing the heart??? (9) In the final fight where Blade is beating the hell out of the guards before fighting Reinhart, why didn't he shoot him? Even if he WAS out of shotgun shells, it still had those two silver alloy spikes, which worked so well on Blade in the first movie. (10) The final fight had so many inconsistancies it wasn't funny. For all of Blades strngths, he still has a quasi-human body. So swinging him through a stone pillar would break HIM before the pillar would. And even if he would not, his shades would have - they are plastic. If Nomak (and by extension the other reapers) was strong enough to SNAP a sword made of PURE TITANIUM, then why didn't he(they) show that strength in the rest of the movie by beating the hell out of everyone? (11) If they need to make their own daywalker, why not bite more women in the late terms of pregnancy? When an event occurs that you do not understand, you try to recreate it in the lab to see what happened and why. Instead of doing all of the DNA Recombination, why not bite sveral pregnant thralls that are just shy of the due date? *** My next post will list what i LIKED about the movie

  • There were many things in this movie that I DID like, or liked their potential: (1)The Blood Pack - a team of ighters trained to kill Blade, now being forced to work UNDER him??? Great idea for team tension. (2)LightHammer - granted his character was something of a rip-off of the 'Sex-Machine' character in "From Dusk Til Dawn", but his facial tattoos Hid that scar in his chin, and we all knew it would only be a matter of time before he turned. (3)Ron Perlman was a much better bad guy here than in "Alien 4" - because he really WAS a bad guy. (4)The Damaskinos storyline. An ANCIENT (1000+ years old) vampire pulling the strings and manipulating everyone, including his own children. The Reaper Strain being an experiment gone horribly awry (on his own son no less), and 'recruiting' Blade for the sole purpose of killing him after he had taken care of it. I like to see cruel manipulation in Vampires, because it shows the intelligence need to survive for several hundred years. (5)Most of the 'House of Pain' - twisted, grotesque, gory, and very disturbing visually. If you are dealing with Vampires, creatures that can regenerate from almost any wound, some very twisted S&M themed things will show up (Slicing open the man's back DOWN TO THE SPINE, the couple slicing each other's tongues and kissing, etc). (6) The Powerpuff Girls. One of the few things I miss about cable is Cartoon Network. The fact that even the members of the Blood pack watched it was a riot, even that moron from "The Fast and the Furious". (7)The Reapers themselves. A vampire strain that preyed on Humans AND Vampires, a mutual threat, was a great idea. Something that even THEY had to be afraid of. If they had stretched it out. If the Reapers did not reproduce so quickly, or if not so often (only 1 in 10 would turn, the others would die or not survive the transformation process), then it would have been much better, and allowed the tension to build. It would also have allowed the "relationship" between Blade and Nyssa to develop, and make her death at the end more meaningful (even though from the preview we all KNEW she was going to die in the sunlight). *** In retrospect, it was not a BAD movie, but then not a good one either. They tried to do too much with it, and tried to incorporate too many ideas. It is really a shame, because there was sooo much potential here to make a gory, violent, Genuinely SCARY Vampire flick. It was not bad, provided you turned off your brain before you went in and just enjoyed yourself. And in reference to my last post, I made a computational error. It would not be 1+2+4+8+16.... it would just be 1,2,4,8,16.... However, that still does not change the fact that if Namok needed to feed every 2 hours, and if he only bit one victim, that in 24 hours there would be 16,777,216 Reapers running around. That is - if they could all feed. In a very short time Prague would have been like London in "Lifeforce." *** As I said, many good ideas abound in this movie, too many for just one movie, though. But that is just MY opinion of it.

  • March 24, 2002, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Well, I liked it.

    by oldirtyaztec

    It's not very often that an action star is swung into a wall. I was on the fence before that, but damn, this film goer was impressed. www.fadedatmovies.net

  • March 24, 2002, 2:02 a.m. CST

    by Shub-Wankalot

    This ass-kicking movie shall roll over the whiners, critic idiots, and naysayers at the box office, leaving behind a bloody trail of their entrails and nonads for the buzzards of envy to gourge. I shall bear witness.

  • March 24, 2002, 2:04 a.m. CST

    This movie puts the shimmy in your jimmy!

    by Shub-Wankalot

    This ass-kicking movie shall roll over the whiners, critic idiots, and naysayers at the box office, leaving behind a bloody trail of their entrails and nonads for the buzzards of envy to gourge. I shall bear witness.

  • March 24, 2002, 2:04 a.m. CST

    two cents

    by teapot

    It was fun, in a 'light can turn corners without a prism, if you really want it to' sort of way. My friends and I had a great time, but only because we expected it to be ridiculous. It was. And that made it good.

  • Ok. Basically, I feel like a good friend just left a steaming pile of shit on my doorstep. That steaming pile is the mass of glowingly positive reviews that are piling up on AICN for Blade 2 faster than moss in a Stephen King short story. I saw Blade 2 today based on those people on AICN I thought I knew and whose opinions I trusted. Tell me something though. Was it worth it? Is all of the idol worship of people like Del Toro enough to replace any shred of credibility this site once had? I hope the perks last my friends, because dropping trou at the altar of geek cinema is one thing, but bending over for a pile of shit like Blade 2 is a sad, sad thing. You might boost their opening weekend numbers, and I hope to god you

  • March 24, 2002, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Give Harry Some Credit

    by Interfan

    Harry did come clean that he is friends with the director and that is much better than most film reviewers out there. Still, it does bother me that the other reviewers seem to only care about effects and make-up when it comes to recommending a film. Sorry AICN, your site ain't cool nor will be credible to me about the movies to see. As for "Blade II", one week at the top of the boxoffice then out of the top five by the end of two weeks.

  • March 24, 2002, 3:24 a.m. CST

    average

    by Damer1

    exceedingly average.

  • March 24, 2002, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Norringtons take heads and tales superior.

    by Integra

    Practically every major element i loved Blade 1 for, was non-existent in this film. Norrington really crafted an original alternate world, with an atmosphere of how vulnerable humanity was, there was a sense of urgency to blade's plight, that he was going up against an unstoppable force of nature trying to fight off the vampires. Here there was no such tension. The reapers just seemed trite. vampires with predator mouths and alien inner jaws. at no point was there a real feel of the threat they posed to humanity. Bringing back whistler was cheap. It detracts greatly from the original. It is poorly explained in B2. His death grounded the magnitude of the conflict in the original, and gave more credibility to the danger involved. in blade 2, what little character development of blade there is is handled poorly. for instance he sets aside the serum after getting a guilt trip from nyssa. and then? this was never further touched on. are we to believe that he now wont use the serum? since when does UV light turn corners and travel like flowing water through sewer tunnels? The cinematography in the original, from the purposily overexposed outdoor shots, to the fabulous opening rave scene with strobe blode effects had no equivalent (moodwise) in the sequel. Much of the bloodpack was too similar to other genre films, from pearlmans character, the lighthammer/ red haired vampire couple (aliens vasquez and male heavy gunner). I didnt care one iota for any of the major characters and their fate, unlike in the first film. It had meaning when blade killed his mother and when whistler died. Here everyone was a red shirt. Also missing was the isham score which ranged from moody gregorian chants to wagnerian outbursts.

  • March 24, 2002, 5:42 a.m. CST

    I'm stronger than Scud when I drinks me blood cause I'm

    by Black Ceaser

    When Blade rises out of the blood jacuzzi I almost expected the Popeye music to play, Blade flexes his arms and his biceps turn into stakes before he takes out all those guards who somehow forgot to bring their guns. Well blow me down!

  • March 24, 2002, 5:53 a.m. CST

    >SIGH<

    by RogueScribner

    You know, the hype the site cranks out is getting ridiculous. I think I&#39;m going to stop reading reviews here until AFTER I see a movie. I&#39;d rather go by the consensus of a bunch of talkbackers than subject myself to Harry et al&#39;s hype machine. I went through this with PHANTOM MENACE. I went through this with FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING and now with BLADE II. I don&#39;t find them to be bad films, just not worthy of the praise this site heaps upon them. With BLADE II after reading the reviews of Moriarty, Quint and (unfortunately) Harry I got to thinking that this sequel must be analogous to the best of the series, a la THE GODFATHER PART II, STAR TREK II, ALIENS, etc. Instead I got a decent follow up to a film I thought was cool back in &#39;98. I don&#39;t know if I will rank BLADE II over BLADE or not. I&#39;d have to rewatch my BLADE DVD to know. All I know is after all the hype at this site I was expecting something . . . more. Another person in this talkback said something to the effect that watching BLADE II was like eating a really good meal but not getting dessert. You leave feeling incomplete. That&#39;s the way I felt about this movie yesterday. PRO: Wesley Snipes. He >is< Blade. PRO: The Reapers. Creepy as all hell. PRO: The Budget. This movie obviously had more money sunk into it. Which brings me to my first CON: Bad CG. That ninja fight in the first act was cool except for "Super Skinny Blade" flipping all around. I can understand using SFX to enhance action scenes and show the impossible, but can&#39;t it look realistic? The cuts between the CG Blade and Wesley Snipes were jarring. CON: Scud. I liked him okay until the reversal. What a cliche. And that whole "not a dud" thing was lame. Why didn&#39;t Blade blow up Reinhardt instead??? CON: Hard to see action. The action that I could see was cool, but there were times that I couldn&#39;t really tell what was going on. Between the low light and some choppy editing I was straining to follow it all. CON: the Blood Pack. They should have been cooler and they should have done more. This was an elite team? CON: Characterization. I didn&#39;t really care about any of the characters in this movie. It felt like a cheat bringing Whistler back, but I would have lived with it if it seemed worth it. Other than their brief scenes in Act I, Blade and Whistler never really showed any commraderie or friendship. Also, without a sustained human element in the movie to identify with the movie comes across as cold and constructed. I never really got into the spirit of things because this movie had no spirit. I guess I&#39;m listing more negatives than positive because I feel so let down. The AICN hype machine did that to me. In summary, did BLADE II suck? No. It was a worthy sequel to a comic book action flick. I don&#39;t think it exceeds the original flick, but it did offer an interesting twist. Some scenes were deritive of the ALIEN franchise, but I guess every movie draws inspiration from other media. BLADE II was decent and nothing more. ***1/2 stars. L8r

  • March 24, 2002, 7:25 a.m. CST

    So where was all the blood? The red-dye #5 crap bubbling in the

    by BrashHulk

    Del Toro has fallen under the same spell that most sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre screenwriters/directors/producers have these days, and that&#39;s letting the damnable abomination that is ULTRA-HEAVY CGI spoil the movie&#39;s suspension of disbelief. If they would just let the story be told with half the unpleasantly jarring and mediocre special effects (that aren&#39;t very special at all), then I for one would enjoy the movie much, much more. It just wasn&#39;t fun to watch a bunch of animated pixels killing each other. Besides, why do they spend umpteen millions of dollars on bad CGI FX when they won&#39;t spend a couple thousand bucks to buy some realistic-looking FAKE BLOOD! I mean, it&#39;s only a freakin&#39; VAMPIRE movie, right? Why splurge on something like realistic fake blood, right? You know - the kind that&#39;s OPAQUE RED and not TRANSLUCENT RED? After awhile, it got kind of embarrassing sitting there in the theater in an uncomfortable, dead silence. There were no shouts of "Woo-Hoo!" or "Yeah!" and when the movie was over, everyone just idly filed out without even a buzz in the air. It didn&#39;t even really feel like a movie - it was more like a 2-hour long advertisement for whatever CGI Digital Effects company did the computer imaging. What a glossy, stylish and totally worthless waste of time and money. A shame, really.

  • March 24, 2002, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry, why is your picture in my dictionary?

    by sanc_reunion

    Next to this entry: shill (shl) Slang ; n. ; One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.

  • March 24, 2002, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Hey Moriarty, what&#39;s your photo doing in my dictionary, too?

    by sanc_reunion

    Next to this entry: huck

  • March 24, 2002, 8:06 a.m. CST

    "Powerpuff Girls" is made by AOL TIme Warner, and so is "Blade 2

    by MGTHEDJ

    Come on, if you are a geek you should know this. It&#39;s was clever in-house synergy. And the Krispy Kreme bit: pay attention, he opened a Fed-Ex/UPS style package. He had them shipped. Good film, better than the first, but not quite as good as "The Crow", which is still the best official live action comic book movie. Why, because it has better good scenes and no bad scenes. Hey, even "Superman" has that bit with Larry Hagman.-----later-----m

  • March 24, 2002, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Wannabee Critics Always Trying To Skate Uphill...

    by Shub-Wankalot

    Too many wannabee kiss-my-ass critics on board! Everyone&#39;s a critic, but most don&#39;t have the polish to shine shit! The drivel pouring out of their every orifices should be enough to give them pause to consider their last will and testament. Sorry, there&#39;s no more room in Hell!

  • March 24, 2002, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Re: DaKid

    by Veidt

    I don&#39;t think Blade II merits comparison to The Thing (except in some of its key scenes - like the autopsy of a Reaper) but all the criticisms you leveled against Blade II to illustrate why it isn&#39;t in the same league as The Thing - the fact that none of the characters were worth caring about, that there was no human interest, that it was a mean-spritied film, that it indulged in violence for the sake of violence just to pander to a young audience who craves special effects - are the same criticisms that were used to tear apart The Thing when it was released. To a "T". I liked Blade II a lot but after reading some of the asinine criticisms of it here, I&#39;m beginning to love it. And I do love del Toro&#39;s use of CGI in the fight scenes. Is it "obvious" in some shots? Yes, but it&#39;s no more "obvious" than the many shots in the climatic fight in Blade where you can see Snipes&#39; stunt double. At least with CGI, there&#39;s a sense of stylization to it where del Toro is striving for an exaggerated effect - a blend of anime and live-action.

  • March 24, 2002, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Blade 3 and more

    by holidill

    Goyer&#39;s proposal for Blade 3 has the series being transported 15 years into the future where Vampires are now the dominant species and humans are kept in Concentration camps. Blade has been missing for a while, so they hunt for him, and he returns with Whistler. As for the subplot of taking his blood, it now has appeared in both films, yes the first one was to bring about the blood beast or whatever and this one was to study him. Enough. The blood pool. Damaskinos used it possibly for regenerative powers, so Blade could have used it to. Almost like Ra&#39;s Al Ghul&#39;s pit. Scud&#39;s story, took me by surprise.

  • March 24, 2002, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Oh Some Of You Say Blade 2 Takes Itself Way To Serious, Well So

    by The Founder

    I mean what more could you ask for, sure I would have done some things different, and so would most of you, but what makes you think that your idea as well as mine would have been loved better? Everyone has an opinion to make a film better, well in our own eyes at least, but that doesn&#39;t mean someone else is going to praise, so stop B!TCHIN, and just enjoy the movie. Blade 2 is light years ahead of the 100 million + summerblockbusters that Hollywood constanly churns out, and makes tons of money. I can name a few films that have broke the 200 million mark at the box office and didn&#39;t deserve to. JP3 anyone? I could go on, but what&#39;s the point, most of the complainers about Blade wouldn&#39;t be pleased with anything. Don&#39;t get your hopes up for Spidey, thinking it&#39;s going to be this awesome 2nd coming, because we&#39;ll be lucky if it&#39;s as good as Blade2 in terms of action. Spidey is going to be about the same as Blade 2. A lot of these bigbudget movies are to overcommercialized, and over written, and has some many merchindise deals that writting a script without catering or being pc enough makes it impossiable for the film to be kick ass! I fear this is going to be the case with Spiderman. It&#39;ll be entertaining, but is&#39;t not going to blow you away like the Matrix did.

  • March 24, 2002, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Blade 2 sucked harder than a Reaper at an Ann Rice Book signing.

    by BrianSlade

    Man, this movie stank. There are no buts about it. The dialogue was embarassing. This movie should be charged with plagarism, because there is not one original scene in it. I was so excited to see this one, and I wanted my money and my time back afterwards. The whole theater was packed, and maybe 3 people actually liked it. DON&#39;T BUY THE HYPE PEOPLE! HARRY HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A CLONE!

  • March 24, 2002, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Wannabee Critics Always Trying To Skate Uphill...

    by Shub-Wankalot

    Too many wannabee kiss-my-ass critics on board! Everyone&#39;s a critic, but most don&#39;t have the polish to shine shit! The drivel pouring out of their every orifices should be enough to give them pause to consider their last will and testament. Sorry, there&#39;s no more room in Hell! Blade scores big, while the shit-deprived critics blow their personal methane!

  • March 24, 2002, 1:14 p.m. CST

    one word for this movie

    by Virgil Sollozzo

    BADASS. its not "on the waterfront" or anything, (bet you thought id say citizen kane) but it was one of the best theater going experiences ive ever had. as an action movie- brilliant, just fucking brilliant.

  • March 24, 2002, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Where was the Godfather quote?

    by Virgil Sollozzo

    I missed it. someone tell me. " I am the hunted one ! I missed my chance!"- Virgil Sollozzo

  • March 24, 2002, 1:46 p.m. CST

    This movie was average at best. Not as good as the original. AIC

    by IMAFREAKINGTROLL

    I was very underwhelmed by this movie. The problem was the first Blade I was expecting absolutely nothing and was pleasantly surprised at how good it turned out. This movie I was expecting more because of the bigger budget and (allegedly) good director and was disappointed at it. I doubt I will never go to a Del Toro movie on his name alone if this is what a sample of his work is. Norrington did ALOT better job.

  • March 24, 2002, 1:46 p.m. CST

    All you bleeding bitches

    by Nomak

    Your gonna taste so good going down, the sound of your gurguling jugular excites me...Until we meet there are other things to discuss...FAAAAAAAAAAAAAATHER!!! --"for instance he sets aside the serum after getting a guilt trip from nyssa"-- Thats because he just got done TAKING it maybe? --"since when does UV light turn corners and travel"-- Since the box Skud gave contained Magneticlly Displaced grenades.. Fuck do you guys even watch the same film I was in.. Fucking Fanboys need to be bleed, Hollywood hands you a Fucking Masterpiece (Low Story, Low Charecter Development, High Action, High Violence) and you guys piss on it like fleshneck. Be happy with you get motherfuckers or enjoy the next MGM remake, the choice is yours...AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH

  • March 24, 2002, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Re: DaKid

    by DaKid

    Veidt, your claim that Carpenter&#39;s "The Thing" had the same claims leveled against it (lack of characterization, mean-spirited, empty) as Blade 2 I find a little off. "The Thing" is a classic sci-fi horror film in the vein of Aliens, where you have an emotional investment in these people who are stranded in the middle of nowhere, turned against one another, and stalked by an unseen predator. There are some classic scenes of paranoia, suspense, and outright terror in "The Thing". In fact, the whole premise of the movie is that they don&#39;t come right out and show the monster (at least in the first one). I don&#39;t know how you can claim that Blade 2 had any of that, or that people should ever compare the two movies. I remember all of these elements from "The Thing" after not seeing it in the 15 (?) years, since it came out. I&#39;ve already forgotten as much of Blade 2 as humanly possible in one day. The Thing did not feature violence and special effects set to a techno soundtrack to attract a teen demographic audience. Violence for violence sake?? Yeah, that is exactly what I would call this vulgar hybrid of cartoon WWF moves, exploding bodies, and S&M imagery. Especially when you&#39;re sitting in a theater with a bunch of ghetto punk wannabees shouting at the screen and really digging watching people get tortured and maimed. Their reaction scares me, because I know that a lot of these kids really do think this shit is "cool" and don&#39;t have any separation between real violence and screen violence. But "The Thing"?? Come on man, the violence was completely predicated on the situation, the storyline, and the environment that the film set up. It was real. It was honest. Not a bunch of fake-ass, WWF/wanna-be Hong Kong fight rip offs. As someone else suggested, just save your $7 and rent the best of Jackie Chan&#39;s fight scenes on DVD if you want to see real choreographed martial arts. Not this teeny bopper pseudeo-violent bullshit. And for what it&#39;s worth, the CG stuff didn&#39;t bother me at all. I thought it was fine, and perfectly suited to the stylized action scenes. I don&#39;t know why so many people are jumping all over the CG, but it seems to have become the latest whipping boy for the geek world. So be it. There are a lot of other things to HATE about this movie other than the CG.

  • March 24, 2002, 2:31 p.m. CST

    OMFG

    by Nomak

    "Unfortunately in today

  • March 24, 2002, 3:50 p.m. CST

    PUSSIES THOROUGHLY LICKED!!

    by Jacuzzi_Jones

    Dear non-believers and doubting Thomases: Harry&#39;s review was perfect. When he first started posting reviews 4 years ago he said that he wasn&#39;t your average monotonous sum-up-the-plot reviewer. I&#39;m sick of run of the mill reviews that devote the majority of their time to devulging plot points and giving away the story. That said, Harry&#39;s review gave nothing away yet managed to express his excitement and enjoyment of the film. I believe that he (rightly) assumed that most of you guys were going to see Blade II regardless, so he just wrote a review that sumed up the intensity and relentless, feverish pace of the film. All those looking for realism and art house ideals should go home - it&#39;s a comic-book-monster movie that is roughly 93% action. What more do you want? You should quit coming to this site if you didn&#39;t think Blade II was cool, cause you are obviously way too stuck up and snobish to appreciate coolness when you see it - have a fun life being constantly disappointed by your own too-high standards. And finally, all those prudes offended by the sex analogy need to un-clench their rectum. What exactly was so offensive? Was it that Harry is fat? Your prejudice is far more disturbing. People eat pussy, get used to it.

  • March 24, 2002, 4 p.m. CST

    The Godfather quote

    by Terry_1978

    "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."

  • March 24, 2002, 4:14 p.m. CST

    PUSSIES THOROUGHLY LICKED!!!

    by Jacuzzi_Jones

    Dear non-believers and doubting Thomases: Harry&#39;s review was perfect. When he first started posting reviews 4 years ago he said that he wasn&#39;t your average monotonous sum-up-the-plot reviewer. I&#39;m sick of run of the mill reviews that devote the majority of their time to devulging plot points and giving away the story. That said, Harry&#39;s review gave nothing away yet managed to express his excitement and enjoyment of the film. I believe that he (rightly) assumed that most of you guys were going to see Blade II regardless, so he just wrote a review that sumed up the intensity and relentless, feverish pace of the film. All those looking for realism and art house ideals should go home - it&#39;s a comic-book-monster movie that is roughly 93% action. What more do you want? You should quit coming to this site if you didn&#39;t think Blade II was cool, cause you are obviously way too stuck up and snobish to appreciate coolness when you see it - have a fun life being constantly disappointed by your own too-high standards. And finally, all those prudes offended by the sex analogy need to un-clench their rectum. What exactly was so offensive? Was it that Harry is fat? Your prejudice is far more disturbing. People eat pussy, get used to it.

  • March 24, 2002, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Nomak

    by Integra

    Nomak : pay more attention yourself before criticizing others. The serum vial was clearly full when he put it aside.

  • March 24, 2002, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Re: The Thing

    by Veidt

    DaKid, I agree that The Thing is a classic. I was commenting mostly on the fact that you used Moriarty&#39;s mention of The Thing to criticize his review - essentially saying that M. was off-base in bringing up that film (and Aliens) in connection with Blade II. But as much as I love The Thing, the fact is if you go back and read the reviews it got at the time of its release, your criticisms of Blade II are to the letter what many said of Carpenter&#39;s film. I didn&#39;t agree with them then or now but that&#39;s what the popular consensus was in 1982.

  • March 24, 2002, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Damn this was a good movie!!!!!

    by Brooklyn Bred

    I dunno&#39; spidey, you may be in some serious trouble!

  • March 24, 2002, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Re: Integra

    by Nomak

    I worked on the set asshole, imagine how fucking hard that is without being able to go into the sun, I dont need your shit! I&#39;m the bad-ass moth&#39;a the little kid down the street who&#39;s neck I nibbled on warned you about...Spelling errors dont scare me shit, I can eat an apple without washing it off, so watch the fuck who you smack off too fleshneck....I told "Del" (as I like to call him) that ediditng is shit in that serum scene, because the girls does walk in just after he uses the serum..Thats why he is all bent out of shape. He had just taken it but when they show it again it is a full vial...I wrote it off as he refilled it to save time later when I was coming to rip him a new sun-hole! Fucking DAAAAAAYWALLLLKEEER

  • "Whistler shot full of holes and bloodied?" Huh? Bloodied, yes but I don&#39;t recall Whistler taking a single bullet. If you take away all the knocks against Blade II that come from people who clearly didn&#39;t bother to watch the movie with both eyes, it&#39;s pretty good.

  • March 24, 2002, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck is Blade?

    by Aquafresh

    Blade is a great character. he has many fascinating characteristics, like coolness, badassedness and...um...did I mention coolness? Also, I love Limp Bizkit & Korn. Fred Durst is a prophet of great depth & integrity. Please market more fine product to me, I am thy demographic, the souless teenage byproduct of a nation that is rotting from within.

  • March 25, 2002, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Where Was Beetlejuice (from Stern) as PocketBlade In This One? O

    by jollydwarf

    I thought he and Blade did a "Just The Two Of Us" remix song and dance and at the end of the film, he saves Blade when he&#39;s on that spike table. But alas, they had to change it and have Whistler crawling through a vent. But Beetlejuice or not, a tasty doubleshot of adrenalin. I&#39;d heard the &#39;video game&#39; comparisons so much that I didn&#39;t go into this film with these impossibly high expectations that so many people on this site fell for. I think it is better than the original, because the original felt like it had a story that was somewhat hamstrung by the budget. Remember how bad the Stephen Dorff Blood God incarnation looked when he was instantly regenerating? I love "Blade", but I acknowledge that it was limited. And it was pre-Matrix, so, hey, sorry, the bar&#39;s been raised. My big question is how many people at crowded opening weekend showing got puked on by the girl sitting behind them? This movie simply will not play for a good two-thirds of the moviegoing population. Luckily, I expected the grotesque and I have a high tolerance for that shit. But how about the innocent souls that just expect &#39;fang fu&#39; or whatever, with CGI disintegrations for deaths. The only problems I had with the movie were some points where it felt like key details were rushed along or completely neglected. To refer to a point earlier in my post, how did Whistler know where to find Blade? And did Ron Perlman&#39;s character just flat out miss Blade as he was falling with the shotgun? And did Whistler tell Nomak where the Vampire HQ was? And how did they know how there were so many Reapers in the sewers? I&#39;m sure some of the stuff I missed being too overstimulated by the scene prior to the hazy ones. Actually, I enjoyed this movie in the same way I got into "Devil May Cry". Only with better dialogue and more gore. Any of you who played that game know EXACTLY what I&#39;m talking about. I will say that I can&#39;t imagine a "Blade III" not being significantly worse than this film. Where does it go? Does someone get one of the fetuses or genetic mapping data and finally succeed in making another Daywalker? Do you bring in actual demons? To me you can&#39;t go back to just Blade v. Vampire, because the ante has been upped too far beyond that. And this Vampire Apocalypse future nonsense just feels all wrong. As much as I&#39;d like to see more of the same here, I can&#39;t endorse a third film, unless they&#39;ve got a twist that I can&#39;t even consider. This film was too frenetic, too gory, too flashy, too much of a good thing to be topped, let alone matched. P.S. About halfway through, I realized that I kinda missed Deacon Frost. Just the way he made the Vampire Old Guard so uneasy. P.P.S. This movie had the worst set of trailers I&#39;ve ever had to sit through. No, "Clone War" was not one of them. It was "xXx", "National Lampoon&#39;s Van Wilder, "Murder By Numbers" a.k.a. pretty boys try to trump Sandra Bullock, "Austin Powers In Title Limbo", and "Jason X". Let the bodies hit the floor, indeed. Because these trailers in succession made me want to end it all right there...and then I saw the crimson New Line logo, and then everything was better. Up next, Jodie "Still Too Fucking Hot In That Cold Quasi-Lesbian Way" Foster in David Fincher&#39;s "Panic Room". P.P.P.S. You guys know somethin&#39;? After skimming this TB, I&#39;ve come to the conclusion that the more a movie is targeted towards this crowd here, the more it&#39;s going to be scrutinized and punished for the simple fact that WE could&#39;ve done a better job in hindsight. You better fucking support these films. You want more studio money to go towards Freddie Prinze Jr. romantic &#39;lobomedies&#39;? Basically though, if AICN existed in 1977, I don&#39;t think that there&#39;d even be any prequel anxiety attacks today. George Lucas would&#39;ve probably ended "Empire" with an expository scroll, telling us "Han&#39;s okay, Vader saves the day, kills the Emperor, dies, everything&#39;s okay again, yada yada yada, The End because apparently I can&#39;t do anything right." While the Disco Star Wars remix is playing over Aaron Spelling-type credits with character freeze-frames. There is simply NO PLEASING some of you. Ah--don&#39;t say anything--it&#39;s not the fact that you didn&#39;t like it (which I can easily respect), it&#39;s that you CAN&#39;T like it. Remember, "your focus determines your reality." Or at least your perception of the unreal. Uh, that&#39;s it. Bye.

  • March 25, 2002, 3:36 a.m. CST

    I still hink Snipes&#39; best was Rising Sun...

    by Iroquois_Pliskin

    Something about the movie... I dunno, I prefer it to the rest. I liked Blade and I know i&#39;ll like Blade 2, it&#39;s not THE best comic book franchise, but it&#39;s better than alot of other stuff. I liked X-Men.... oh, dont bash me for this because you ink the movie sucked and the stry as simple... tell me, what 1-shot, stand-alone X-Men comic ever had a truly GREAT storyline tha ultimately would&#39;ve ended up being cheesy if it were an action/drama flick? I&#39;m sorry but... comic-movie adaptations rarely work n series such as those. The movie wasn&#39;t GREAT, but it was a HELL OF ALOT BETTER THAN "The Punisher", 70&#39;s Spider-man, Captain America(later ver. which was cheesy but ok) and that horrendous FF flick...

  • March 25, 2002, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Vampirism in Blade movies

    by DouglasAH

    Seems like they can&#39;t make up their minds how they want to use vampirism as a metaphor. One minute, it is a viral infection. The next, it is a drug addiction and someone kicks the habit by going one night wihtout a fix, never mind that four or five hours earlier, he was literally swimming in blood. BULLSHIT! The next, it is a punk rock thing, then a cult, then it starts to look like the 00 section of British Intelligence, with safehouses, special ops teams, snappy uniforms, a big sinister symbol painted on helipads atop a spiffy headquarters building, with lawyers and consilieres hanging around with the head vamp. The only thing we don&#39;t see vampires do in this movie is suck blood. I guess they don&#39;t want stains on their Italian suits, or on the carpet of their new office building. Pussies.

  • March 25, 2002, 4:26 a.m. CST

    One more thing...Blade&#39;s ammo

    by DouglasAH

    Now, I know the filmmakers probably take pride in restoring a forgotten piece of Vampire lore like silver to the mythos, but come on, it is just a little too powerful, isn&#39;t it? Blade shoots one of these bloodsuckers in the toe with a .38 shooting silver bullets and his fanged victim explodes in a shower of sparks and ash. Kinda pulls the teeth of the whole vampire myth if they&#39;re easier to kill than human beings, doncha think? They&#39;re dumb, too. You&#39;d think a vampire, of all things, would not do stupid horror movie things like getting too close to a "corpse," while the audience tries to warn his dumb ass. But they&#39;re that stupid. And what a hero we have to root for. "I have all their strengths, none of their weaknesses." Oh, great, we&#39;re rooting for the underdog, are we? You know, John McClane in Die Hard had most of the same weaknesses as the eurotrash terrorists he was up against, and we loved him for it, as he overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to kill the bad guys, get the girl, and save the hostages. Blade&#39;s head is used to bust pillars, and there&#39;s not a scratch on him, not even his sunglasses get screwed up. He can be fun to watch, but difficult to give a rats ass about, unlike real heroes who overcome great obstacles.

  • March 25, 2002, 10:10 a.m. CST

    BAD CGI!

    by flonzy

    I liked the movie but what was the deal with the CGI part when Blade was fighting with the Vamp girl in the ninja outfit. The CGI was total crap. I understood in the parts with Malak (sp?) jumping on the walls in the church, and that didn&#39;t look all that bad, but the CGI fight in front of the lights sucked. The movie was entertaining. Not much of a "Vampire" film, but a great "Action" film with vampires.

  • March 25, 2002, 10:29 a.m. CST

    A Word To The Patient: read this you won&#39;t be sorry

    by Naia

    I&#39;m the type who stays till the very bitter end of the credits. Whoever else and I are always the last people in the theater, staying till the lights come on and the screen is back asking trivia questions to "Movie Tunes". I stay cuz there just might be an end part. There is one is Blade II. At the very very it says: (and watch yourself, I guess this could count as a spoiler): NO REAL REAPERS WERE HURT MAKING THIS MOVIE. You&#39;re welcome. ~Naia

  • March 25, 2002, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Save your Money

    by Daercoma

    Just got out of Blade 2 and let me tell you I was totally misled by this site. If your IQ is lower than 4 and like sparklies, then, sure, you&#39;ll love this movie. Have at it. But let me tell you, this was the most wooden acted, cliched filled, piece of tripe I&#39;ve ever seen. Cliched to the point where the villan gives away his nefarious plan at the end to the good guys then puts Blade in a "easily escapable trap" I was expecting the "ill-tempered sea bass" to come into play. I just love how "whisperer" pulls up a floor board at RANDOM and winds up in Blade&#39;s torture room....priceless. For defenders of the film, explain to me how Hong Kong wire work is scary.

  • March 25, 2002, 2:54 p.m. CST

    This movie delivers EXACTLY what you expect.

    by BigW

    So, if you expect a really violent movie about a guy who hunts vampires, and you think this is a good thing, you&#39;re in for a treat. If you think that premise sounds a bit silly, then I can pretty much guarantee this is not the movie for you. Godfather this ain&#39;t: I wouldn&#39;t even say it had a full plot, but brother, not only did I not think there were that many vampires in Prague, I didn&#39;t think there were that many PEOPLE in Prague. And man, did Blade ever kill them good. Get it? Got it? Good!

  • March 25, 2002, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Donnie Yen wasted

    by The_Black_Hair

    They could have at least given him a line or two. The dude speaks english! Why not give him the role of the black dude who was with Lenor Varela at the beginning. He&#39;s a fairly respectable Hong Kong actor, yet he still has to grovel for even a bit part? Christ!

  • March 25, 2002, 5:52 p.m. CST

    The Great Serum Debate OR...Would It Work On Larry King?

    by jollydwarf

    Or maybe that&#39;s just Garlique. As in Unique. Cholesterol&#39;s natural enemy. Oops, forgot his trademark ellipses marks (he soooo owned them before Internet Guru discovered them). Anyways, here&#39;s what I (think I) understand. The character of Karen Jansen in the first film devised a prototpe serum that could&#39;ve cured Blade if he wanted it. However, he would&#39;ve lost his powers, and to him that would&#39;ve been irresponsible. "You keep your serum," he tells her towards the end. So it stands to reason anyone not born a pureblood could be changed. It was a retrovirus, right? And why wouldn&#39;t he use it on vampires? Well, besides the soap opera that the films would become, I don&#39;t really think Vampo and Vampette would really be too keen on such an offer. Why become cattle? Did you see the "House of Pain" club? For the most part, it looked like fun to me. I only bring up this nitpicking stuff because I don&#39;t think that "Blade II" did a very good job of summarizing the retrovirus serum. And remember, Blade wasn&#39;t even sure if it was going to take. So for my tastes, that wasn&#39;t one of the plot holes or &#39;rushed&#39; elements. And I think that the glut of orgasmic prerelease reviews on this site ruined it for a lot of you. If this were a movie you weren&#39;t supposed to like, you&#39;d love it and call it a "good popcorn film", because that&#39;s what you always do. In other words, don&#39;t tell me that this was on the same level as "Tomb Raider". And I&#39;d like to see how some of you rank this next to the other AICN &#39;pet films&#39; coming out over the rest of &#39;02.

  • March 25, 2002, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Vampire tongue

    by rashamon

    What is the language the vamps use? is it an actual language or something the film makers fabricated?

  • March 25, 2002, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Spot on, Ocho.

    by Wino-Forever

  • March 25, 2002, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Damn this movie was good!

    by Brooklyn Bred

    Saw it for the second time and it only gets better! Fuck X-Men, Fuck Crow and Fuc-naw I can&#39;t diss the Web head. But the fact remains, BLADE kicks ASSSSSSSS!!!

  • March 25, 2002, 9:21 p.m. CST

    blade

    by aponysfury

    blade 2 kicks a new asshole in all action horror movies. I find it hard to believe that spiderman will be as fun as this, who knows. That ending was so damn cool, so was the opening, the friggin thing... i want more.

  • March 25, 2002, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Who Played the Lawyer?

    by Mars1

    Could someone *please* tell me who played the lawyer with the great anti-lawyer ("Human...not quite-I&#39;m a lawer")line? It broke the theater up...

  • March 25, 2002, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Blade 2 cast

    by DouglasAH

    I just tried looking it up (the lawyer), and discovered how pathetic these cast lists on IMDB and other movie info sites have become. Most of them were missing major players, and IMDB didn&#39;t even credit the actor behind all that makeup as Demoskinos. Worse, a few sites with an entry on the head vamp contradicted the official website&#39;s cast info. WTF is going on with these people? A whole lot of people put hard work into this movie. No wonder Hollywood spends three hours of a four hour Oscars program throwing everyone from the gaffers to the caterers a bone, they have a guilty conscience.

  • March 26, 2002, 12:37 a.m. CST

    I&#39;ve looked everywhere for Lawyer&#39;s id

    by Mars1

    Thank you for trying...in the meantime I&#39;ve suffered through the very slow loading official website (nice bio of "Cat")Googled away-no luck. I really, really want to know who the guy was!!! If anyone could help me I would be most grateful, as this piece of information seems to be eluding me. Also would like to know who the Ned Bellamy look alike was...My roommate says the lawyer looks like a very f**ked up Julian Sands but I don&#39;t think Julian looks that bad these days. Its stupid to have to wonder who the heck somebody with a speaking role in a move was. The theatre cut the credits due to the running length.

  • March 26, 2002, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Yet another AWESOME REVIEW

    by Mfan-69

    M review A warning: M is an R-rated movie. This is the NC-17 Review of it. You have been warned. For me to review M, it is a major conflict of interest, because Fritz Lang and I are brothers. His father says so. His wife believes this. Fritz and I are just the best of friends, but when El Gordo calls my father Dad, and I call his Dad "Pops" and we delve into hours of passionate discussion about H.P. Lovecraft, Goya, Steve Ditko action, the movies and pussy

  • March 26, 2002, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Re: Shon

    by Veidt

    I hear your gripes and don&#39;t begrudge the fact that Blade II wasn&#39;t for you. Still, let me respond briefly. One, who knows if Whistler was shot or not? We never actually see him get shot and with all the blood from just about everyone in that movie (including Whistler himself when he had the shit beat out of him), it&#39;s not hard to believe that Whistler got some on him without being shot himself. Two, as for whether or not the serum would&#39;ve turned Whistler back or not - I guess we&#39;ll have to take the film&#39;s word for it. After all, does anyone here have first person experience with kicking the vampire habit? If the film says there&#39;s a such thing as a serum to kick vampirism out of Whistler&#39;s system how can that not be believable? It&#39;s like saying you really doubt the Millennium Falcon could have hyperdrive. Three, why doesn&#39;t Blade use this serum on other people who have been turned? Well, those people aren&#39;t his friends and those people have chosen to embrace the vampire lifestyle. And yes, he does also enjoy killing them. It&#39;s like asking why The Punisher doesn&#39;t choose to counsel criminals rather than blow them away. Four, in regards to the sword, it was shown in the first film that there was a switch to turn off the handle blades. Deacon Frost used it and obviously Reinhardt knew about it. So while there are some story flaws in Blade II, I don&#39;t think they&#39;re as flagrant as some people have made them out to be. If anything, there&#39;s less plot holes and unlikely events than in the first Blade. Like the first film, I liked Blade II for its style, its energy, and the presence of Snipes in a vehicle that allows him to cut loose as an action hero.

  • March 26, 2002, 2:45 a.m. CST

    You&#39;re All On Crack!

    by Sam Bones

    Someone said BLADE II is, "just like a comic book." Yeah, it&#39;s like one of those Todd McFarlane/Rob Liefield comic books (please don&#39;t confuse with the superb storytelling of a Kirby or his contemporary heir, Steve Rude) where they engage in full page heroic poses (to waste pages of STORY!) yet the confusing action doesn&#39;t relate to the next panel. When did the audience lose a sense of continuity between scenes and allow it to turn into such a cheat? The worst curse ever suffered on humans is not becoming a vampire but succumbing to the Michael Bay style of editing "everything and the kitchen sink" into two seconds and keep doing so again and again ad naseum through the whole picture whenever the story starts to drag. I just returned from watching the much praised (on this board by a close friend of the director) BLADE II, another tiresome film that relies heavily on MTV slash/blur editing, CGI and wires to cover for a star that can&#39;t move with the athletic grace of a Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan or any number of Hong Kong chop-socky stars. I can&#39;t say I hated this film as I felt its heart was in the right place but its execution was so overwrought that at times it was downright silly, even embarrassing to watch. Plot? What plot? Basically what I got out of the film is that they have made vampires so common and everyday in today&#39;s cinema that they had to create a new breed to return to the source and at least try and be scary. Too bad they failed miserably. So the elite vampire nation enlists Blade to help hunt these "Reapers" which prey on vampires. Which ain&#39;t a bad idea but the film never made you do the most important thing in an action/horror film: provide a character with enough personality that you could really get behind and root for. Damn, even the wooden and ham-fisted Charton Heston in OMEGA MAN carried more "hero" in his manner/swagger within that cheap 70s film than anything in this gawd-awful mess. There&#39;s a few flashes here and there of character but nothing in Wesley Snipes&#39; Blade to make you care. I cared more for Kris Kristofferson&#39;s Whistler than any other character in the bunch and that was because he has real honest to goodness star presence, even when there&#39;s not much written for him to do. The film is so stupid that at one point Whistler saves Blade by crawling under the metal flooring (of the top secret and most well guarded vampire nation headquarters ever made). Well, it looks like it&#39;s well guarded with top security but not when they need to bend logic to make a corny rescue. And how about that bomb planted on the back of Perlman&#39;s head? Blade allows him to take it off then blows up Scud? Shit, he could have blown up Perlman and taken Scud out too. But hey, if it&#39;s logic you&#39;re looking for, this movie is not for you (and maybe that was its point). Jeez, give me Carl Kolchak anyday over this cartoonish kiddy movie that is only an "R" for gore but not for adult situations. Like I said, the movie tries but it&#39;s all so hollow you just sit back and have to give up. My favorite scenes were when a Reaper goes berserk and assaults the fortress. There was a real sense of foreboding and a feeling in those moments. It was the ONLY creepy part in the whole movie. Save your money and go out and buy the original comic book, "Tomb of Dracula" from which the movie Blade character has been bastardized from. That book won the top awards for years for having the best written stories in comics (by Marv Wolfman with incredible artwork by Gene Colan). You&#39;d never know that was true from this over the top and juvenile movie. I wanted to like this film before going in but it&#39;s everything that is wrong with films today. I can only hope that SPIDER-MAN and ATTACK OF THE CLONES makes so many millions this film will be forgotten in the wake of their success. It will be interesting to watch how it does next weekend.

  • March 26, 2002, 10:53 a.m. CST

    STORY FLAWS .. STORY FLAWS .. STORY FLAWS

    by Thorn MS

    Well done mostly, and they seemed to find a way to outdo the Matrix fight scenes, but there were some serious story flaws for me to swallow: ...A) Ninja dude didn&#39;t put up a fight? Even if he was hit from behind? That would have been a contest, ...B) The vamp that killed ninja dude &#39;cause he turned, why did he kill him? Subliminal commands by the head Reaper? He hadn&#39;t even talked to him yet. Seems the Reapers were driven to attack vamps instead of typical human prey out of a revenge motive, or are we supposed to believe that this engineered blood strain gives them a need to feed on vamps? Negative on that... it was revenge motivated that they attacked vamps, ...C) Blade knew the kid was bad, but kept him in his top secret lab and relied on his weapons? Why? That&#39;s too close to keep your enemies when there&#39;s thousands, millions of them, and your few list of advantages includes being hidden. I don&#39;t buy it, ...D) Princess accepted death? Come on, she&#39;s blood pack trained, and regardless of her feelings about dear old dad, yeah she may have blocked dear old dad, but then to not try to get away or fight herself and instead welcome a horrible death? Yeah, right, ...E)The Blood Pack died off quicker than nameless Star Trek ensigns on an away mission, needed better performance and a couple survivors. ...still, enjoyed it a lot. :)

  • March 26, 2002, 1:35 p.m. CST

    First review ever (go easy on me)

    by Detritus

    For everyone who has been continually analyzing blade and what worked in the original film but is having a hard time discovering it, consider that a good thing. The chemistry and compunded elements should be very difficult to find. I think that a film is much more successful when all of it&#39;s elements are on the same level rather then just the CGI or lead actress standing out like an ingrown hair on a hobbit&#39;s toe. The original Blade was so simple, the character was easy to understand as well as his motivations and relationships with his enemies and his friends. Not to mention the simplicity of the storyline. Combine that with some greta action scenes and weaponry and you get a good movie, not a great one, but a good one none the less. I thought Blade 2 was in the same catagory but there was too much obvious effort to try and make this something beyond what the script and cast were capable of. Is it just me or was Blade&#39;s first encounter with the blood pack just a bunch of wittless one liners thrown out one after another, infact that was the entire dialogue between them outside of Demeskinos&#39;s daughter. There were some serious flaws visualy such as the scene post first reeper hunt at the bar when it is day time and everyone is just standing around like they are inline to see their own movie. I mean just because oyu issue in new characters, weapons, and elements to the vampire world does not mean the fundamental rules fall away. And if Novak was killed, doesn&#39;t that mean everyone who he has bitten and they have bitten return to human el naturel? SO why does Blade&#39;s potential love interest turn into a bad black angus commercial at the end of the movie? The fight scenes were fantastic, I was really happy with the coreography and general tone to every fight but what the hell was up with the rwo dollar CGI Blade and red eyed bloodpack gal infront of the enormous light array. I mean come on people! Why would they have done CGI for the fight, or maybe it was just bad green screening, I don;t know. But what I do know was the entire fight was great until they cut in that part. I also found that the story had begun even before I had time to digest the enormous amount of visuals that were thrown at me. It seemed like the sotry had begun, reved up, and took down the street with the peddle to the floor and I was still in the pit stop putting on my gloves and stretching out to a Jane Fonda tape. Next thing I knew was some big bald dude had a bomb suction cupped to the back of his head and now Blade was Team BLade. I don&#39;t know it just didn&#39;t have that nice linear consistant pace that the original had. All in all I think they did a bang up job and considering it was a sequel and they had alot to go up against in regards to the original effort I say they really pulled it off. Snipes is comfortable as Blade it isn&#39;t even funny and that really shows in this film. I hope the thrid installment is released soon and they do a 2004 Halloween release. I&#39;m out.

  • March 26, 2002, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Get a life...

    by Samurhino

    I saw Blade II last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like action movies/martial arts flicks/horror you&#39;ll enjoy this movie. There was one brief moment in one of the fights that was obviously CGI...did I care? No. Wesley Snipes is a very talented martial artist and almost all of the moves I watched he was doing in real time. Yes this movie isn&#39;t Robert Altman so there&#39;s not a ton of character and plot development. There&#39;s a main plot and a sub plot or two that drive the movie just fine thank you very much. To all of you saying this movie is the worst thing you&#39;ve ever seen I would have to say that unless you primarily only like romantic comedys or Merchant Ivory films, you must be joking. Blade II is a fun/scary action film with some excellent effects and great fight scenes. Get a grip. I can&#39;t believe how ridiculous you people are. I&#39;m sure Guillermo would be more than happy to write you an apology for ruining your worthless little lives by making a great film but not the absolute best film ever made in the history of mankind. Move out of your mom&#39;s basement, go on a date do something productive with your life because your quality of life is obviously way to tied into movies...ITS JUST A MOVIE!!!!!

  • March 26, 2002, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Mexican? Cue the Albino Dwarf from Missouri!

    by Sam Bones

    What da&#39; @#$@#$ do you mean that we&#39;d hate a film made by a Mexican? I (nor anyone else) never mentioned Del Toro&#39;s nationality once (and to be honest, until I read that post, I never EVER gave it a thought) but cited clear cut FAULTS with the film. Geeez, the absolute beauty of film is that you don&#39;t see ANYTHING but the film up there on a screen. It cuts across all nationalities and races to speak to an audience in a universal language. I even mention in the review that Snipes can&#39;t move with the "athletic grace of a Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan ..." and that they use the quick cuts and blurred action/CGI crap to cover up his inability to fight through a whole scene the way Lee or Chan can, two incredible MAGNIFICENT ASIAN FILM ARTISTS (or even white as sugar, Fred Astaire could dance through a whole !#@!$ing scene for several minutes without a cut in the action). The movie is just plain AWFUL whether a Mexican or an albino dwarf from Missouri made it. It&#39;s all style over story and character (even using FAKE WWF wrestling moves that my martial arts instructors, the Gracie brothers FROM BRAZIL, would laugh their arses off as being a joke!). I think Harry wrote that outrageous sex act review because he couldn&#39;t attempt to break down this film in detail without proving it was such a failure by ANY director. This film probably reflects Wesley Snipes&#39; (the producer) and the writer David Goyer&#39; sensibilites more than anyone else&#39;s. And not because he&#39;s black and Goyer is white but because both their sensibilites rise no higher than that within a video game.

  • March 26, 2002, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Blade II Was an Improvement

    by FrankCobretti

    I didn&#39;t like Blade. The villain wasn&#39;t interesting, the climax was lame, and the story didn&#39;t intrigue me. About an hour in, I was looking at my watch. So, I wasn&#39;t planning on catching Blade II at all, at least not until I read Harry&#39;s (disturbing) review and Moriarty&#39;s (not-quite-so-disturbing) one. Am I glad I come to this site: I loved Blade II! Here&#39;s why: the fight scenes were well-choreographed and interestingly photographed. It was obvious to me that, while Snipes is no Jackie Chan (or Sammo Hung, for that matter), he did come to play. Ron Perlman was terrific, and, oy! those reapers! It&#39;s like the Predator and the Alien got freaky in one of those all-day-all-night vampire raves! The villains were interesting and villainous, and I in the audience found myself rooting for the civlized (though evil) vampires against the animal-like reapers. In marked contrast to the first installment, I found myself looking at my watch as the end credits rolled and thinking, "Man, where did those two hours go? It&#39;s like I just sat down!" If Snipes has any brains (or good advisors), he&#39;ll do everything he can to ensure that del Toro is hired back for the next installment. Good job, folks!

  • March 26, 2002, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Hehehehe.

    by EliCash

    So I saw the ad for Blade 2 and it made me think of Tomb Raider. Blade 2 made 33 million this weekend and its all because of Harry&#39;s Pussy-eatin review!!

  • March 26, 2002, 11:32 p.m. CST

    If I had to have a gripe with this otherwise perfect movie it wo

    by Brooklyn Bred

    At the end when Blade kept his Oakley&#39;s on throught out the entire fight even when the Reaper grabbed him by the ankle and broke a cynderblock with his head. But regardless of the fact, this movie was the best superhero movie ever. Were the X-men this cool? Hell fucking NO! Even Neo and his cheesy martial arts moves could not fuck with Blade&#39;s roundhouse decapitating kicks oh and that suplex body slam move Blade performed on the vampire was too cool for words! Compare Blade&#39;s fight with Ninja Nyssa to the dull fight between Wolvie and the Blue shape shifting chick. No contest! Admit it, Wesley figured out how to make the perfect action hero movie. I doubt it lightning will strike twice with the Black Panther and I also doubt that in a couple of months that even Spidey will be able to hang. True webhead may have the moves but I seriously doubt if the goblin can keep up.

  • March 27, 2002, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Blade 2 SUCKED!!!!

    by phattyblunt

    Blade 2 was pretty bad. It had like zero plot, and the wrestling moves were awful. Add that to the bad CGI fight scenes, and you have a pretty horrific movie. AND WHEN YOU CAN&#39;T KILL THE BAD GUYS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE MOVIE, IT BECOMES ANTI-CLIMATIC AND BORING TO SEE THE FIGHTS. Wait till video, I loved the original, but this blows ass. I can&#39;t believe you guys reviewed this so well!

  • The reason I didn&#39;t like Blade2 as much as the first one is because:====================>The sense of a threat to humanity wasn&#39;t present in the movie. The reason why the first movie really worked for me was that humanity was the target of Frost and his band of punkass *turned* vampires. Frost really made it a point that humans are &#39;fuckin cattle.&#39; Having Blade protect humans from these *turned* rogue vampires was very cool. THAT&#39;S WHY THE FIRST ONE WORKED!!!!! That rave scene in the butcher house helped a little too! :) ------>Moving on to Blade2...It really didn&#39;t project any threat that the audience could feel and identify with. Who was the hunted now? The vampires? Why do we care? The first flick had humans as the target. Now the vampires are the target because Nomak is plotting revenge against his father for turning him into a Reaper? Geez la weez that sucked. Believe me, I think it could&#39;ve been a good plot device but they blew it. Humans were not a target, so I felt like there wasn&#39;t anything special about Blade2&#39;s story. By not even including a normal outsider human being in the story (besides the pets of the vampires; ie the lawyer and stupd guards), there isn&#39;t a perceived threat. Since this movie was between vampires and Reapers, no humans faced a cruel death at the hands of this big threat. Besides those gripes, the action sequences and Nyssa were really cool to watch. Especially Nyssa in a tight black outfit. Ooooh.... ___===KNEEL===___

  • March 27, 2002, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Blade 2 is actually A PRETTY BAD MOVIE.

    by a goonie

    no really. it is. i went in having read so many reviews about this movie, and i went in telling myself not to expect too much, so i wouldn&#39;t be inevitably disappointed. but i was disappointed anyways. and for reasons i didn&#39;t expect. sure, the CGI pissed me off. but not so much in the fighting scenes. it was all the "vampires crumbling into CG dust and ash" that pissed me off. very annoying, very low-grade. and sure the electronic music played over certain scenes pissed me off. but what really really earns this movie a thumbs down is the absolutely monotonous tone that creeps through the whole movie. if you&#39;ve seen thirty seconds of fight footage from Blade 2, you&#39;ve seen it all. it&#39;s all the same. a slight variation on things we&#39;ve seen before, duplicated a thousand times over. there&#39;s not enough flow here to make the action beautiful. and there&#39;s not enough originality to make it GOOD. the whole movie quickly becomes a series of poorly scripted, poorly acted scenes that exist only to push the plot along and to connect all the replicated action bits. there is some good stuff here. it&#39;s not an all-round terrible movie. but really, when it comes down to it, there&#39;s only really TWO GREAT MOMENTS in the whole picture: in the opening, when the Reaper leaps at the woman and suddenly a burst of blood splatters across the wall. there&#39;s a viciousness there that the rest of the movie lacks, but needs. and that brief, muted shot where we see the masked members of the Bloodpack performing graceful acrobatics up in the rafters of Blade&#39;s lair. those two moments work. and they work damn well. even that slo-mo shot at the end of Nyssa (or however you spell it) flaking away in the sunlight is pretty affective. but that&#39;s it. the rest of the movie is mildly entertaining, and generally disappointing. when i came out of the movie, in response to my Dad&#39;s question "so what did you think?" i said, "Put it this way: the action genre is quickly becoming my least favourite genre." and that&#39;s it. Blade 2 has pushed me over the edge. it doesn&#39;t help that i just saw Collateral Damage about a month ago, either. Damage is one of the worst Arnie movies i&#39;ve ever seen. and Blade 2, although not nearly as bad, stands as a strong reminder that the action genre is DYING. it&#39;s practically DEAD, in fact. as i was saying to my Dad, it&#39;s a very superficial genre. one of the most important things in an action movie is whether or not the movie and the characters are COOL. it&#39;s what makes The Peacemaker and M:I-2 sooooo good. they&#39;re not just GREAT MOVIES, they&#39;re COOL MOVIES. with ultra-cool leads. the problem with Blade 2 is that the movie THINKS it&#39;s cool, but it isn&#39;t. it borders on cool, but doesn&#39;t quite make it the whole way there. and Wesley... man, the guy can&#39;t act. he may not deserve a Razzie for this performance, but the guy can&#39;t act. Moriarty: stop lying to yourself. the guy sucks. he tries to be cool, and he kinda pulls it off with that one "oooh... so exciting!" line. but that&#39;s it. the guy just looks like a DOPE. he really does. and everyone else in the cast, including Ron Perlman whom i really like (but only cuz of Beauty and the Beast) really pretty much blow. not much to say about them. they&#39;re bad actors. it&#39;s that simple. and what about the Reapers? what the hell. really. they&#39;re one of the worst monster villain creatures to hit movie screens in years. the mouth thing is a tad bit interesting, but come off it, guys. you create a new breed of vampire-like creatures that are much more indestructible. the wooden stake doesn&#39;t work, the silver doesn&#39;t matter so much. blah blah blah. but what does kill them? not only sunlight, but UV LIGHT!!! gee! so these supposedly really scary, really dangerous bad guys can be killed by artificial light! what the fuck! suddenly, all you need is a fancy flashlight and you&#39;re set. A VERY, VERY POOR IDEA. Shame on you Goyer and Del Toro. and everyone else for that matter. and the last thing i have to say... my final complaint... is with David Goyer&#39;s screenplay. IT IS TERRIBLE. IT IS BEYOND BAD. this is the kind of script they should use to teach budding screenwriters HOW TO SUCK. this script sucks in everyway. Goyer doesn&#39;t even let us have fun with bad, silly dialogue. we can&#39;t even laugh at the uncanny brainlessness of the individual lines like we can with Gone In 60 Seconds. THE DIALOGUE IS THAT DULL. IT&#39;S THAT BORING. GOYER&#39;S SCRIPT IS THAT BAD. as of right now, i couldn&#39;t care less if Goyer never writes another script in his life. i will, as much as i can, stay away from his name. that is all.

  • March 27, 2002, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Danny John Jules rocked. He was the best in the movie. That&#39;

    by Swithin

    And, as in any "gang of baddies working with the good guys"... would it be considered spoiling a flick like Alien 3 to say that not many survive? A shame, a shame. Asad was the bad-ass-est of the Blood Pack, compared to lifeless Astaroth reinterpretations such as Lighthammer (someone&#39;s been playing too much Diablo 1 while coming up with the characters&#39; names)... He should have survived. Some characters should be left alive to recur in sequels. Asad is one of them, like Apak and Switch in the Matrix. Oh well.

  • March 27, 2002, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I&#39;m amazed...

    by rabid_republican

    I&#39;ve actually delayed in seeing this. I enjoyed the first Blade and from the sound of it, will adore the second. Need to get crackin&#39;.

  • March 27, 2002, 1:39 p.m. CST

    When does Lighthammer turn?

    by Charles Grady

    Did I miss something, or is there no payoff to Lighthammer being bitten and concealing his wound? After the shot of the wound oozing as he hid it, I could swear he disappeared from the film. I watched the entire film, and at no point remember him turning, or even being shown again. Did I miss it in all the quick-cut murk? I thought this plot point would have some dramatic payoff, but was it just a throwaway bit? Someplease please post and explain where Lighthammer went.

  • March 27, 2002, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Blade2

    by SideFX

    I saw Blade2 last night.I havent even seen the first one,and the only reason I checked out Blade2 is because Ebert gave it a good review and I heard that In The Bedroom is overrated.I can see how a really positive review of this movie is justified,it&#39;s kind of brilliant how it goes all the way with the dark-gothic-action- comic book thing.I wouldn&#39;t bring your girlfriend to this movie though,it will probably just make her sick,and she might end up thinking your weird for liking this kind of stuff.

  • March 27, 2002, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Matrix, Blade II, versus REAL martial arts movies

    by DouglasAH

    Someone posed the question, is the Blade-Nomak fight better than the subway fight in The Matrix. The real question is, who cares? They&#39;re both pathetic compared with action sequences featuring real martial arts masters like Jet Li or Donnie Yen, guys with real skill instead of sissy actors who took a short class in Hollywood kung-fu and let the FX people digitally insert artificial talent. The hand to hand fights in The Matrix featured some of the least interesting choreography of Yuen Wo Ping&#39;s career, and moves performed sluggishly and then played back at high speed. I&#39;m tired of all these morons being spoon-fed the martial arts movie equivalent of Gerber&#39;s strained peas and trying to talk like they&#39;re experts on chop-socky Hong Kong-style action.

  • March 27, 2002, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Hey, I&#39;m a chick and I love gory movies!

    by Mars1

    Women love action/adventure/horror too! I liked Cronos better (because of the odd little kid, I want a kid just like her!)but Blade sure did not make me sick. I still have not found out who played the Lawyer in Blade II, drat it!

  • March 27, 2002, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Blade2

    by SideFX

    Ha!I knew I&#39;d get some flack for making that generalization about girls and movies!I won&#39;t do that in future posts.

  • March 27, 2002, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Blade: A crowded palette

    by sidneyreilly

    The film tried to be "Predator" but interrupted itself, continually. I mean the pieces were all there, just not tied together as well as it should have. The director should have cut something, picked a subplot or two and made us care about it. There wasn&#39;t room in the film to develop any of it satisfactorily. My vote would&#39;ve been to cut the Whistler character and the supposed "tension" around him. Scud was also weak but only because Whistler was in the way. The action & effects were top notch but nothing that isn&#39;t being shown elsewhere. If you missed the tour at the morgue, Blade will satisfy. Blade II has good ingredients but the cook needed to step back and let them simmer.

  • March 28, 2002, 2:53 a.m. CST

    LostHighway: a sincere thank you for reading my post. even if yo

    by a goonie

    and i know it may sound conceited, but i really love it when i see posts addressed to me. just cuz i write these posts of mine with a lot of thought. AICN is, for me, another place to get my thoughts and opinions out. I&#39;M VERY PASSIONATE about my movie opinions, and i share them constantly with family and friends. but on AICN, i often wonder whether or not anyone&#39;s reading what i write. so not to sound conceited, but i really appreciate you taking the time to check out a post of mine. thanks again.

  • March 29, 2002, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Cronos (spoiler)

    by Mars1

    It sinteresting to look at Cronos and Blade 2 back to back (as I did) The vampire "marble" makeup is identical to Blade 2 (only cheaper looking, of course). While Cronos is a very slow "arty" movie with Ron Perlman&#39;s nose as comic relief (you&#39;ll see, Ron is a hoot in this one... "not my nose *again*!")the rich guy in Howard Hughes-like seclusion is also killed by his son. Lots of similarities... BTW I still have not found out who played the lawyer in Blade 2, despite asking the question on multiple newsgroups.And having multiple people go "I wonder why he&#39;s not credited anywhere" The mystery continues...

  • March 29, 2002, 1:41 p.m. CST

    it was crap

    by cockknocker

    I really like the first movie. I was totally pumped for the second. But, it was crap. Crap dialogue, crap effects, crap acting, mainly dull action scenes, characters with no character, crap music. Whistler was good though.

  • March 29, 2002, 2:16 p.m. CST

    by 12345678

    Cool

  • March 29, 2002, 2:19 p.m. CST

    by 12345678

    The movie rocked so hard. The final fight scene could be the most intense and electrifying comic book fight of all time. And i loved the fact it had The powerpuff girls on tv all the time. I guess most people think of the powerpuff girls as girly cartoons but it certainly isnt - it has mature humor and is subversive .

  • March 29, 2002, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Crap movie hero with machinegun vs handfighting loosers

    by oboehm

    Topic says it all

  • March 30, 2002, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Blade 2 Movie vs. Comic

    by The E

    I have seen a number of Blade 2 reviews but none have discussed (or whined) about the movies intereptation of Blade versus the original comic book. When Superman, Batman and now Spider-Man came out there was constant comparisons. Obviously Blade is not among those greats, but it should still be discussed. How did Blade 2 the movie compare to the comic Blade? Was there anything glaring that was wrong about the movie? Were Reapers in the comic? The blood pack? Was Whistler portrayed accurately? Weapons? Any feedback would help as I don&#39;t read the comics so I don&#39;t know. Thanks!

  • March 30, 2002, 6:41 a.m. CST

    doc_loggins

    by dogfish112

    your sad and pathetic. ps MI2 = steamiing pile of dog excretment

  • March 30, 2002, 11:23 a.m. CST

    i was a bit disappointed

    by BatVomit

    I liked the first Blade movie. It&#39;s not my favorite movie by any means, but I felt that it was a well done comic book movie with decent characters and a fairly good plot. I went to see Blade II last night and I was pretty pumped up about it because everyone&#39;s saying that it&#39;s so much better than the first one. It really wasn&#39;t. Blade II IMHO was just a typical lame action movie. I thought the entire movie was contrived and formulaic. The reapers were cool looking but the ceased to be scary and shocking after the first couple of minutes. They had the potential to be really skin crawlingly grotesquely frightening but they quickly went from being scarey inhuman monsters to just hordes of action movie fodder. Like video game zombies, they ceased to become threatening or frightening. There wasn&#39;t really any tension or sense of any real urgency in the movie. I pretty much just sat there and watched the movie passively. It didn&#39;t really get me swept up or involved at all. I found the fight scenes to be pretty typical of what you see in any dumb action film. One guy facing down 200 easily dispatchable zombie bad guys (reapers, in this movie&#39;s case)just isn&#39;t realistic enough for me to suspend my disbelief, especially since this sort of scene is in every other action movie nowadays. I just can&#39;t get involved in action movies anymore because the fight scenes have become so completely ridiculous and far fetched that the audience can&#39;t buy it. Blade II also had no real threat to humanity at all. The first Blade movie had Blade fighting Frost and his band of vampires who were a legitimate threat to humanity and were trying to bring about the ressurection of a La Magra who would pretty much destroy humanity. This was a fairly decent example of a classic archetypical good over evil storyline that does a pretty good job of giving the audience a sense of what the hero is fighting for and why. In Blade II you have the Reapers who are just killing off other vampires and spreading their disease. When the reapers were first introduced it seemed to work pretty well, but then it just turned into a film about Blade and a bunch of other guys in some tunnels fighting a bunch of monsters. There was some vague reference to the Reapers going after the humans once the vampires were done with, but it never reached a point to where there seemed to be a real threat to humanity. The wrestling moves were also really really gay. It&#39;s this kind of action movie cheesiness that I just can&#39;t stand anymore. They aren&#39;t even trying to be believable anymore. I don&#39;t know if it&#39;s a conscious effort to be cheesy or if movies are so dumbed down nowadays that they actually think that movie goers will buy this crap. Anyone who hasn&#39;t seen this movie needs to stay away. Stay far far away...or at least wait till it comes out on video.

  • March 30, 2002, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Del Toro, batting .000

    by Uga

    Well, now I&#39;ve seen two Del Toro movie - "Blade 2" and "Mimic." And this guy&#39;s supposed to be a genius? Well hell, Akiva Goldsman won an Oscar, so I guess it&#39;s fairly easy to pass for a genius these days.

  • March 30, 2002, 11:26 p.m. CST

    I still like the first one better.

    by Azlam Orlandu

    Things I liked better about the first one. 1. The humor. Seeing that one same stupid fuck getting his hands cut off, and having his face smashed into the moving subway train were better than anything in part 2. 2. Frost. Simply a better villain than anyone in the sequel. Cold, calculating, and a total prick. 3. The mood. The first film felt like I was in a real world where humans and vampires both exist. Part 2 felt like I was in a rave or in the sewer the whole time, in a world full of vampires and nothing more. (perhaps that is what they are leading up to with the 3rd one. We&#39;ll see.) And now 3 things that I really hated about Blade 2. 1. The Bloodpack. Good idea in concept but I hated the entire team. They really really sucked. Everyone keeps on talking up Ron Pearlman&#39;s performance, and personally I can&#39;t stand the actor. He didn&#39;t do anything worth while except be 100% the character you were expecting out of him. (Alien Ressurection Pt. 2). 2. The Reavers. Although the Reavers are cool, I simply liked watching Snipes slice up Vamps in the original, they had more personality, and were more fun to watch die. 3. Alien 5. Starship Troopers, Final Fantasy, and Aliens all do the "Bug Hunt" thing far better than Blade 2 attempted. ...and finally just to be fair, 3 things that were great about Blade 2!!! 1. Blade. Snipes is the ultimate badass. The character of Blade never dissapoints. Basically if it&#39;s got Blade in it Snipes is enough to carry even a mediocre film, which Blade 2 was not. If the Matrix had a leading man anywhere near as good as Snipes it would be so much more superior. 2. The Action/Editing. This movie is fast, fast, fast. Although Blade spends half of the movie beating up clones in riot gear the fights are so lightning fast that you&#39;re always entertained. Plus the moment where a certain betrayer is diposed of is pure movie magic. 3. Snipes could kick Keanu&#39;s ass! All in all I&#39;m runnig about a 3.5 or 4 out of 5 on Blade 2. It wasn&#39;t the best but I&#39;ll definatly see it again multiple times! "I hate you all", -AZ www.electricalwinter.cjb.net

  • March 30, 2002, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Blade II

    by Woody Tobias Jr

    Sad to say that &#39;Blade II&#39; didn&#39;t lick this boy&#39;s clit. It wasn&#39;t terrible, it was even kind of fun. But it wasn&#39;t good. It was style over substance to be certain, but the style left a lot to be desired. Watching this movie gives you a greater appreciation of what someone like Ridley Scott, David Fincher or even Tim Burton can bring to the table. &#39;Blade II&#39; is not a good looking movie. The frame is cluttered and dull most of the time. Substance wise, the movie simply makes little sense. Some people on these talkbacks know the names of all of the film&#39;s characters. I can not begin to guess them. I had no idea who was who most of the time. And I was so bored. Why did I go to see this movie? I would have enjoyed it a lot more on DVD, but I don&#39;t really feel that I&#39;ll ever want to see it again. It&#39;s like &#39;The Mummy&#39; films, it&#39;s just a bunch of ugly noise. It might as well have been &#39;Son of the Blob&#39; or something. It&#39;s not unentertaining if you&#39;re in the right mood, but it really is pretty bad. I wish I&#39;d checked out &#39;Panic Room&#39; instead.

  • March 31, 2002, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Z0D....

    by Sea Bass

    They made it very clear that the Reapers were going to multiply at an unbelievable rate and would soon run out of vampires and move on to humans. In fact, the threat to humanity was greater in this one because unlike the Vampires who would enslave humans and feed on some, the Reapers wouldn&#39;t stop, couldn&#39;t stop, until everything on the planet was dead.

  • March 31, 2002, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Blade Roooooocks!

    by Zucko

    ...and that&#39;s all I have to say about that subject.

  • March 31, 2002, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Norman Reedus

    by Mcy1000

    If anyone wants to see a good movie with him in it, you should rent "Boondock Saints". It is an independent action movie, and also has Sean Patrick Flannery(Young Indiana Jones) and Willem Dafoe(Green Goblin).