Film of the Week: Blade

Rating: R
Runtime: 2 hours
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Written by: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Stephen Dorff

Plot: One man has sworn to protect the human race by eliminating a hidden vampire society before they become public knowledge.

Mini-review: Before GOTG Vol. 2 is released in theaters, I recommend watching the Marvel film that started its course into the MCU we have now. Released in 1998, before we had Deadpool or Logan, Blade was Marvel’s first R-rated superhero movie.

Starring Wesley Snipes as Blade, this gory yet underrated superhero film spawned 2 more sequels and has gone down to the grave. This is one of those movies that, without its leading actor, wouldn’t be as good as it should be. Wesley Snipes’ Blade fits him just right and is obviously the main attraction with the best scenes. Without Wesley Snipes, I don’t believe this movie would’ve had much success.

Its plot is straw thin, its main villain weak. The special effects are cheap compared to now, but it is unapologetic in its non-stop action and remains true to its comic book source. Stylish, tough, and definitely a cult classic, there’s no surprise why it’s still popular today.

For a superhero movie, this doesn’t focus on Blade’s origin, but instead focuses on his current exploits. If you’re looking for a good balance between horror and action, this film has got you covered. So far, the films haven’t been acknowledged by the MCU, which is a real shame. If there’s any movie that needs to resurrect, then Blade is the one that needs a comeback.

And if you liked this movie, check out its sequel, which was directed by Guillermo Del Toro and stars Ron Perlman and Norman Reedus. It’s too good.

 Check out the trailer here!

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