The producers of Blade II looked at the first and said, “Hey, that Kris Kristofferson is pretty cool. Can we resurrect him for this one?” To which the screenwriters said, “Why not? This is a vampire movie, after all.” So the opening is Blade capturing and curing Whistler of his vampirism. And then we’re back to the original team! Awesome.
Except for the inclusion of Scud. (I totally forgot that this character was played by Norman Reedus, the best thing about the TV show The Walking Dead.) Scud has been the replacement Whistler while Blade has been on the search for his friend. Now these two helpers are sort of eying each other warily, and the film seems to imply that one of them has to be a vampire mole, right?
The problem for this film comes from a strange place. A team of vampire assassins, who call themselves the Wolfpack, and are a visual jumble of dumb goth tropes, break into Blade’s fortress and entirely fail to kill him, because they need his help. See, there’s this creature that they call a Reaper, which is like a vampire’s vampire, and these things are multiplying fast, and are entirely capable of taking out all the world’s vampires. The implication is that when they’re all gone, the Reapers will go after regular humans.
So the bulk of the film is Blade and his helpers working with these sworn enemies of Blade. (In fact, the Wolfpack was originally founded to hunt down and kill Blade.)
There’s a lot of action, and some of it is cool, and some of it is dumb. The only Wolfpack member worth committing to memory is Ron Perlman’s Reinhardt, who butts heads with Blade often and generally awesomely.
There are some third act revelations which are interesting, though entirely expected. (The Reapers aren’t exactly what we thought they were! The vampires are planning to double-cross Blade! There was a mole after all!) The effects tend to teeter between supercool and just a little beyond their grasp, making the finale a visual mixed bag.
Considering the lighting-in-a-bottle feeling of the original film, I think this sequel is better than it had any right to be, but still it isn’t great.
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