Blade II (2002)

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Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.


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19 September 2002 | SILV3R
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Other than the explanation of where he came from, who he and everyone else is, at the beginning, this film stands nicely on its own. for those of you that know the first one, then this opening explanation will be a little irritating (and a tad confusing, but it becomes clear later). The opening does smell strongly of franchise potential, being repeated in all the inevitable sequels still to come. Once past this though, we are lead through a massive fight and action scene that sets up the whole movie. and warns anyone who can't stand Hong Kong action scenes that they are probably watching the wrong screen.

The movie is essentially a platform for Snipes to have fun with his most renowned character. And he does so with very entertaining results. The movie has reasonably well rounded characters, suspicion piled on top of everyone, some amazing set pieces and a good sense of humour. The impact of all the blood and guts is reduced by the obvious fantasy of the fights (wires and SFX a lot of the time), but its still pretty powerful.

The lead performances are all very good, although some of the peripheral characters are a little too hammer horror. Luke Goss demonstrates great potential, although you would need to see him without the make up, body doubles, and special effects to really judge. and there is occasionally that urge to shout "when will I be famous." and the pure blood female vampire who takes a shine to blade is well worth being bitten by.

Overall it feels less like a sequel and more like a stand alone movie. with this in mind, I think its in fact better than the original (a rare example of the exception that proves the rule).

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Reinhardt was originally scripted to be a literal Nazi who spoke entirely in German.


Quotes

Blade: Oh, I get it. I see now. You've been training for two years to take me out, and now here I am. Whew!
Blade: Ooh, so exciting, isn't it?


Goofs

In a close-up of Whistler after has speaks with Blade, Blade has jumped some distance away, where previously they were standing together (the shot of Blade walking away was cut).


Crazy Credits

The background of the "New Line Cinema" logo is red instead of the traditional black and blue light background.


Alternate Versions

The New Line Platinum Series DVD contains several deleted scenes, including: An extended opening scene establishing Prague. A flashback sequence showing Blade's first encounter with Whistler, part of which can be seen in the film's title credits. An extended version of the ninja fight in the warehouse, with Blade using some fencing tactics to keep Asad at bay. A scene of Whistler shying away from the growing daylight outside. An alternate take of Blade's first meeting with Damaskinos, with Damaskinos wearing, according to Guillermo del Toro, a "Michael Bolton wig". A scene in which Damaskinos explains the effects vampirism has had on him. A much longer version of the House of Pain sequence, including a scene with Nyssa finding a room upstairs with a man unpacking human entrails from a box, a scene that was meant for Michael Jackson. A line by Whistler about "the power of the pussy" A Bloodpack "meeting" of sorts, with Chupa attempting to urge the others to kill Blade and go after the Reapers on their own. A scene in a bathroom after the House of Pain sequence of Lighthammer discovering how far his infection with the Reaper strain has gone. An extended scene of Damaskinos' dinner and blood bath, in which he tells of the fate of his human heart. An extended scene of the lawyer's torture of Blade A "dirty" version of the final scene, in which semen is streaked on the windows that was digitally removed in the final cut of the film because test audiences complained.


Soundtracks

Gangsta Queens
Written by
Trina (as Katrina Taylor), Rah Digga (as Rashia Fisher), Andrew Cato (as Andy Cocup) and Tom Findlay
Performed by Trina, Rah Digga & Groove Armada
Produced by Groove Armada
Trina appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation / Slip 'N Slide Records
Rah-Digga appears courtesy of Flipmode Records / J Records
Groove Armada appear courtesy of Jive Electro / Pepper Records

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

22 March 2002

Language

English, Romanian, Czech


Country of Origin

Germany, USA

Filming Locations

Czech Republic

Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,528,016 24 March 2002

Gross USA:

$82,348,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,010,032

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