Blade (1998) Movie Review

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Blade (1998)

1998 | R | Horror, Action
120 minutes / 2h 00min

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Blade Plot Synopsis:

In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population.

Blade (1998) Review

Stephen Norrington directed Blade (1998) stars Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, and Kris Kristofferson. Blade won 4 movie awards and was nominated for 8 awards which also included a stinker nomination for the worst actor award by Wesley Snipes. Blade was shot on an estimated $45 million movie budget and grossed $70 million at the US box office.

Blade is a great movie adaptation of a not so great comic book character Blade. Blade is set in a modern-day city type where vampires are the "in crowd." There is only one being, half-vampire and half-human, that can stop one lunatic vampire, Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), from destroying the world in his wake, that hero is Blade (Wesley Snipes). That all sounds so overwhelming but they actually try to create Blood God, trying to keep this spoiler free so take my word for it.

I love the opening sequence, and that is my all-time favorite opening scene as it shows what a badass Blade is. The only problem is that Blade starts really amped up but starts sloping downward in momentum towards until the end where we get an "amped" up Blade in the end. I like the fleshing out of the Blade character, but there was just a little too much self-loathing which cut the action and momentum that reels you in the opening scene.

I watched the ending and was like "they are trying to create what" and then laughed out loud as it was a little ridiculous how the director and writer went about doing it. The sequel Blade II (2002) has a lot more action scenes and tones down the character development which is a more enjoyable movie experience,

  • Blade Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.48
  • IMDB: 7.1
  • MetaCritic: 4.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.4

About Blade 1998

Title: Blade
Year: 1998
Runtime: 120 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Action
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.24/5 stars from 219,149 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 219,149
MPAA Rating: R
Blade Cast Starring: Udo Kier, Henry Kingi, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords, Gerald Okamura, Donal Logue, Jeff Imada, Tim Guinee, Wesley Snipes, Levan Uchaneyshvili, Al Goto, Levan Uchaneishvili, Arly Jover, Levani, Eric Edwards, Matt Schulze, Ted King, Kevin Patrick Walls, Simon Rhee, Stephen Dorff, Andray Johnson, Frankie Ray, Stephen R. Peluso, Lennox Brown, Sanaa Lathan, David Matthiessen, Clint Curtis, Judson Scott, Carrie Seeley, Sidney S. Liufau
Blade Writers: NA
Blade Director: Stephen Norrington
Production: New Line Cinema
Language: English, Russian, Serbian
Country: USA