Blade (Snipes) is sort of like Batman. He's a superhero, with a black
cape (well, a leather dress coat) who fights against vampires with cool
toys like solid silver stakes he shoots out of a modified rocket launcher.
He's part vampire, too, because his mother was bitten by one while she was
carrying him, so he is endowed with the superhuman strength all the vamps
enjoy. To satisfy his thirst for blood without becoming the thing he hates,
he gets regular injections of a special serum formulated by his best friend,
Abraham Whistler (Kristofferson), who also makes all the cool hardware.
But Blade is developing a tolerance for the stuff, and his dosage is reaching
a dangerous level. He must either kick the habit (and lose all his power)
or figure out another way to hunt Deacon Frost (Dorff), the evil guy who
gave his mom the two permanent valves in her jugular.
Frost is not respected by the elite panel of vampires headed by Dragonetti
(Udo Kier), because he is not "full-blooded." That is to say,
he was not born a vampire he was bitten. In the vampire world, those
types are the equivalent of white trash. Really white. But Frost
is planning a little show that will end all the prejudice against half-breeds
like himself. With the aid of Blade's special blood he will summon the unnamed
god of evil who will come down (or maybe up) and terrorize all those pompous
bloodsuckers. And all vamps will be equal. And Frost will be king. Or something
like that. But first he has to catch Blade.
During a routine vampicidal spree, Blade meets up with a woman who was
bitten but hasn't turned yet. And she didn't die. How inconvenient. Her
name is Karen (N'Bushe Wright), and he brings her back to his and Whistler's
pad, not knowing what else to do. But she turns out to be a hematologist,
so she might be of some help with his little blood problem. That is, if
she doesn' t grow pointy teeth first.
So, to sum up: Blade is hunting Frost. Frost is hunting Blade. Blade
is in need of a better serum. Karen can help him, but she might turn into
a vampire first, in which case he would have to kill her. But she's very
attractive, so he would really rather marry her and make little half-vampires.
This movie is quite bloody, but the blood is not treated as a life fluid so much as a tasty drink. In fact, the artificial blood used in production looks very tasty, like raspberry jelly or something. The acting is overblown, the special effects are impressive, and the violence is loud and often. Just like in a comic strip. Is it worth the admission price? Wellllll . . . . ***½
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