Daywalker and Vampires unite to fight a mutual threat: a review of "Blade II"

Blade II    (2002)
     Daywalker and Vampires unite to fight a mutual threat.
Director: Guillermo Del Toro.
Starring: Daz Crawford, Tony Curran, Luke Goss, Danny John-Jules, Marit Velle Kile, Thomas Kretschmann, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Norman Reedus, Karel Roden, Matt Schulze, Wesley Snipes, Leonor Varela, Donnie Yen.
     A new strain of stronger, more virulent vampirism has developed and its carrier doesn't differentiate between human and vampire victims. The Vampire Nation offer Blade a truce and ask him to lead their Blood Pack (a group originally in training to hunt him) in a search and destroy mission.
     This film is dark, comedic, stylized action (based on the comic book of the same name), and has some nice character moments, especially as the line between enemy and friend becomes blurred between Blade and Nyssa (Leonor Varela), the leader of the Blood Pack and daughter of the Vampire overlord and Blade and his newly rescued/vampire detoxed mentor Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). 
     Wesley Snipes, as Blade, has cool down to a science. Watching his fight scenes is like watching music in motion. 
     Luke Goss, who plays the threat and new strain of vampirism, a Reaper, although looked and dressed like hell, carried himself with elegance, definitely an aristocratic heir/son (which his character is, hint, hint). 
     Ron Perlman "sucks" in the best possible way as the vampire Reinhardt. He’s a nice mix of blood stopping toughness, undead cool and black humor (a vampire who chews gum? And blows bubbles during an autopsy? Thankfully it wasn't his own). 
     Definitely a buy. The DVD has great in depth behind the scenes footage and a commentary by writer David Goyer and actor Wesley Snipes and a commentary by producer Peter Frankfurt and director Guillermo Del Toro (who should get a special Academy Award for Best Movie Commentaries).

     First published in 2004 on The Perlman Pages.

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