Blade II (2002)
A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community - The Reaper. A vampire so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Blade is asked by the Vampire Nation for his help in preventing a nightmare plague that would wipe out both humans and vampires.
The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.
if their story seems completely bonkers, almost like a feverish work of fiction, you ain't heard nothing yet.
Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
Movie Review: "Blade II" (2002)The successor to an ultra-dark "Blade" starring Wesley Snipes as the title-given "Daywalker" directed by Stephen Norrington comes along with highly-motivated 37-year-old director Guillermo del Toro getting presented with plain evolutionary script to "Dark Universe" niche-beginnings of Marvel Studios under contract with Warner Bros. affiliate New Line Cinema, which distributed "The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring" (2001) to major success at the international box office."Blade II" targets a faster-received as consumed moviegoer-group with an justified R-rated picture in which the director receives the production values of an Hollywood production for the first time his career to bring stark-composited digital-imagery-compositions to the silver-screen of movie houses around the world, putting his name as visionary director on the map in favor to producers seeking high-end entertainment for a young adult audience.Action scenes are superb with flavors of science-fiction-horror ingredients, which made the director Guillermo del Toro notorious and famous for competent and professional deliverable, even though in the case of "Blade II" the original writing effort of the director is missed, when star-actor and producing partner Wesley Snipes carries this vampire-action movie alongside sidekicking actor Kris Kristofferson as reprising character Whistler.© 2018 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)
Great action, cool new villains in the Reapers. Some slight but not overused humor by Snipes. Some new weapons, and the return of a much beloved character from the first film. Almost better than the first.
Guillermo Del Toro. I am a HUGE fan of this guy, he is a creative force and one of the most versatile creative directors working today. After the success of the first Blade film a sequel of course got under way and the studio hired Del Toro to helm it, this was an odd choice at the time since Del Toro wasn't a household name but in retrospect it was a genius move because it took an awesome movie hampered by a cliché mythos and gave it over to a director who thrives on mythos. Before I can talk about the rest of the movie I have to talk about my favourite aspect of it. The Reapers. Good god I love these things; I love how they're look is inspired by Nosferatu, I love how their lower jaw splits open to became a bug like mouth, I love how they feed on both Vampires and humans, I love how they run sideways and on all fours like old Hollywood gorillas, I love the only Vampire weakness they retain is their weakness to sun, and most of all I love the scene where actually dissect one and we are allowed to see what makes them tick. Del Toro goes out of his way to make these things as alien as possible, not just in the way they look but in the way they behave, as one of the Vampires remarks "they're as different from us as we are from humans", in typical Del Toro style there's something beautiful about them and yet profoundly disturbing at the same time. Everything that was good about the first film is here and better, the action is better, the story is better with higher stakes and all kinds of fun twists and turns, the acting is phenomenal; Wesley Snipes has allowed the Blade character to loosen up a bit and the other actors are all fun especially Ron Perlman, I also love the Elder Vampire Eli Damaskinos who is a classic monster inspired again by Nosferatu, a welcome change from the cliché 'vampire council' from the first film. This movie is great across the board, a great film for superhero film fans, action movie fans, sci-fi movie fans, fantasy movie fans, horror movie fans, Del Toro fans and fans of good cinema in general.
Blade 2 had a lot to live up to with the successful entry of the initial Blade movie. Luckily for audiences Guillermo del Toro was at the helm of the project and he did not have a letdown. The action is way better, it is predominately kung-fu with less evaporation of vampires. Although the story is not as strong as the first, the plot incorporated the "keep it simple stupid" motto as its method, which really payed off. Blade's (Wesley Snipes) team is a strong mix of characters played by heavy hitters, Norman Reedus, Donnie Yen, Ron Perlman and again, the great Kris Kristofferson. The sequel has a more gore, more action and more sinister villains compared to its predecessor. Blade 2 hits on lots of film genres, which makes the movie a great, unique watch for any film viewer.