After being bitten by a vampire, a human experiences a long and painful journey towards vampirism. Eventually they develop a thirst for
blood, and fall to the dark side. The same can be said of the Blade series.
With this third entry, Trinity, Blade completes the journey to evil, or in this case, trashy filmmaking.
The first Blade (directed by Stephen Norrington) was an exciting and fairly innovative action film. Guillermo Del Toro took over the reigns
for the sequel and produced a flawed, but decent follow-up. With Trinity, David S. Goyer gets his shot. And in his feature film directorial
debut, he fails on all levels.
The movie is so over directed with constant slow motion and rapid cutting that it is almost nauseating. The action scenes are close to
unwatchable. The sad part is that even though these camera tricks are clearly meant to ramp up the film's energy, Trinity is still a boring,
dull, and completely pointless sequel.
The plot involves the vampires digging up their "final solution," a vampire who is so perfect that he never had to evolve. Unfortunately, he
comes across as an out of work bouncer (leather pants and all!).
There are also about five other subplots that really serve no point except to fill time. In fact this whole film is meant to fill time. Goyer
apparently has a fetish for characters walking toward the camera in extreme slow motion. It happens at least 7 times, each more laughable
than the one before it.
Ramin Djawadi's ridiculously melodramatic score doesn't help either.
This is truly a movie on autopilot. The intent was not to make a good movie, it was to film Blade doing stuff for 113 minutes and have
enough action shots for a trailer.
As for Blade himself, I have never been terribly impressed with Wesley Snipes as Blade. He's a bit too deadpan. But he looks like Oscar
quality next to the vampires.
The only thing positive I can say about this film is Ryan Reynolds. His comic relief is at least a solid attempt at keeping this movie above
unbearable. And even though Jessica Biel is unquestionably beautiful, her character is completely forgettable, as is this entire movie.
The Blade has gone dull.
(Out of four)
Written and Directed by: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds,
Parker Posey, Kris Kristofferson, Dominic Purcell
Produced by: Avi Arad and Kevin Feige
Cinematography by: Gabriel Beristain
Music by: Ramin Djawadi
Released: December 8, 2004; 114 Minutes