Will get your blood pumping
Blade is the condensed adaptation of a vampire universe owned by Marvel Comics. Wesley Snipes plays a strong and agile superhero who confronts a whole vampire council practically solo. Martial arts are his thing, so this is first and foremost an action flick with big effects, exciting choreography, breath-taking stunts and intricate camera work. The pacing is tight and the build-up palpable.
Blade, like most blockbusters, is a nicely packaged and saturated concoction of subgenre tropes. The fights are massive, unique and usually supported by enticing techno trance tracks; a curious vibe we are introduced to early on, courtesy of Traci Lords. She, horror pillars Udo Kier and Stephen Dorff play key vampires. They are impervious to pain, taboos and are so cold they appear genderless.
The film is crafted by masters of their arts. The directing and photography are impeccable; occasionally hindered by post-production constraints but not distractedly. The gimmick is strong, the script brilliant but dumbed down to remain accessible. 1998’s Blade is representative of its time. Arrogant, aggressive yet classy, it immortalizes short but memorable trends of the dying millennium.