120 Min. | Action – Horror | November 1998
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Director: Stephen Norrington
Staring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson
Blade Review: Now Blade is a movie that does something that hasn’t been done in a long time. It take ten or so different elements that we’re already familiar with (Vampires, martial arts, a techno beat, top-o-the-line special effects, etc.), and turns it into something that feels brand new. In what could have easily been merely a combination of “Mortal Kombat” and “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” Wesley Snipes (no favorite of mine since and mostly because of “Passenger 57”) gives a really good turn as the half human/half bloodsucker. He acknowledges the internal conflict, but doesn’t dwell on it more than necessary. He makes Blade as deep a character as Michael Keaton made Batman.
Well, Snipes is good. And Steven Dorff, hyped in the previews, makes a more than bad enough bad guy to Snipes’ hero. He’s got class, presence, and enough control in his little pinky to teach Al Pacino how to tone it down a bit. Who would ever think that a comic book movie would be a launching pad for an actor? where the heck did Kris Kristofferson get acting talent? Don’t get me wrong, but the prolific actor hasn’t done anything memorable since “Millennium,” and how many of us watched that just ’cause of the cool video box? Well, here he is, folks, in a very Obi-wanish turn, as Blade’s mentor and father figure. And good job, too. The quality of the acting is matched by the quality of the choreography and special effects. Accompanied by a pulsing techno beat, the fight scenes brings back and quickly banish memories of Mortal Kombat.
In Blade, Dorff is pretty good as the main vampire – he is slick and plays it well to be a good representation of the ‘new breed’ as the script requires. Kristofferson is cool and Wright is sexy while still being a good actress! The support cast contains no real standouts, Lathan is no more than a cameo and isn’t really good while people like Lords only stick in the memory due to their name and not their performance. A very tense dark atmosphere which works great in tune with the main character and story. Along with the visual style the music which also works fine and adds a lot to the atmosphere of Blade. All in all Blade is a very entertaining movie.