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Blade Returns for the Final Cut
The action packed horror thriller of a half vampire half man destined to slay all living vampires come to a bloody end with the ultimate showdown in this final episode dubbed Blade: Trinity.

Directed by David Goyer who has earned a reputation for adapting the other-worldly realms of super-heroes and fantastical characters into inventive, action-packed hit films such as the Blade series, Crow: City of Angels, as well as Dark City, Blade is sure to become a hit in the last days of 2004.

In this third and final installment of the Blade franchise, deep in a remote desert, vampire leaders are resurrecting Dracula, the horrific creature who spawned their race. Now known as Drake (Dominic Purcell), this awesome vampire has unique powers that allow him to exist in daylight. To make things even more difficult for Blade, the vampiric leadership launches a smear campaign against him, targeting him as a murderous monster and sending the FBI after him.

After Blade and his mentor, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), have an explosive showdown with FBI agent Cumberland (James Remar) and his men, it’s evident that the Daywalker will need some assistance. Blade reluctantly teams up with the Nightstalkers, a group of human vampire hunters led by Whistler’s beautiful daughter, Abigail (Jessica Biel), and the wisecracking Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds).

What these vampires are trying to do is resurrect the king of the vampires, the progenitor of the vampire race, a character called Drake (whose featured like a rockstar), who has been around for about seven thousand years. He’s the character who has spawned the Dracula myths. But he’s a much older character than that, and he is able to exist in daylight, like Blade. The vampires are bringing him back because they hope that through his genetic imprint, they can make themselves immune to sunlight. The notion is that over the last seven thousand years, the vampire bloodline is not as pure as they believe it to be. The reason they’ve lost the ability to go out in the sun is because they have crossbred with humans. In short they are giving life to a formidable enemy to Blade who possesses power equal to their deadly enemy.

In this edition new allies Blade teams up with do form a formidable force against the Vampires and in some scenes these guys merely out-shoots Blade in screen dominance. In the story line, While their blind scientist Sommerfield (Natasha Lyonne) works on creating a final solution for the vampire problem, the Nightstalkers launch a relentless series of battles against Dracula’s gang of the undead, led by the powerful vampire Danica Talos (Parker Posey) and her fanged acolytes Asher (Callum Keith Rennie) and Grimwood (professional WWE wrestler Triple H). Ultimately, Blade finds himself taking on the greatest vampire of all time, as his own fate and that of humanity hang in the balance.

Wesley Snipes describes the evolution of his character, who reaches the apex of his vampire-fighting career in Blade: Trinity. “Blade finds himself face to face with his destiny as he encounters the vampire of all vampires. It is his most difficult challenge yet.” Blade: Trinity offers an awesome new array of vampire-fighting weapons. Also as the leader of the Nightstalkers, Abigail has a supply of unusual weapons, which complement her martial arts prowess; they include a series of knives which flip out from the wrist and the tip of her boot and revolvers that include an unexpected seventh bullet. One of her most prominent weapons is a special compound bow with silver tipped arrows. These arrows provide a particularly nasty surprise for the vampires, as they include a small capsule of the dreaded UV light, which explodes within seconds after impact.

Because Blade: Trinity takes place in the modern world, the look and feel of the film is markedly different from its predecessors. Director of Photography Gabriel Beristain comments on the distinction between the films in the franchise. “Blade and Blade 2 were Gothic pieces. Blade: Trinity boasts the most eclectic and wide-reaching ensemble cast of the trilogy.

David Goyer recalls the early days of the development process. “When I first pitched the idea of doing a Blade movie, the studio felt there were only three actors who could possibly do the role: Wesley Snipes, Denzel Washington and Lawrence Fishburne. But in my mind, Wesley was always the perfect Blade. So when I was writing the first film, he was whom I pictured. Because he’s so well trained in martial arts, it comes to him naturally.

All in all as many film ciritics say all Horror movies leads finally to the ultimate enemy of all humanity “Dracula”. Blade: Trinity in this sense may seem old but take look it has something for all the action horror fans.


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