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Blade

Year: 1998
Director: Stephen Norrington
Writer: David S Goyer
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff, Traci Lords
In light of the much better sequel by Guillermo Del Toro, this was something of a letdown.

The premise (albeit another bloody comic book adaptation), of a half human, half vampire dedicated to killing the vampire race off, is a brilliant one for an action/adventure/horror thriller, but little in this film makes much impact in any of those areas.

Snipes is very cool, but the same act had become very tired and almost laughable by Blade; Trinity. And as for villains, Dorff is right up there with Robin Williams (when he finally snaps in One Hour Photo) as the least threatening villain ever playing the up and coming vampire youth hotshot determined to upset the delicate balance between vampires and humans symbiotic relationship - in vampires' favour.

A good idea not very well executed., and the first sequel remains the only decent film in the trilogy (even after the abortion third instalment directed by scripter Goyer).

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