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2000s, Superheroes, Vampires

Blade II (2002)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story The first film, and the Marvel characters.
Director Guillermo del Toro
Writers/Script David S. Goyer ( Characters by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan)
Starring Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Thomas Kretschmann, Luke Goss, Danny John-Jules, Santiago Segura
Elevator Pitch Blade, the half human, half vampire, known as the Daywalker, is recruited by the vampire community to lead a team of trained bloodsuckers to combat an even more dangerous strain of the undead, the Reapers, who feed on both humans and vampires. Unless they can be stopped all humans and inhumans will be destroyed. But, as usual, things are not quite what they seem.
Content Almost continuous fire-fights and martial arts confrontations between Blade and the vampires and the Reapers, mostly in gloomy underground environments. Included is the almost obligatory visit to a nightclub where a lot of trance dancing is going on, and in this case a number of unpleasant body altering activities taking place. There is quite a lot of blood and guts, some of it likely to be quite frightening for younger viewers (I don’t often say this).
A View Most people seem to have liked this more than the first film, and it was nearly approved by Rotten Tomatoes. Just a bit too much fighting and too little plot for me, some of it almost pointless, apart from a means of showing how skillful the director is at choreography. But if you see the poster you know what to expect.
Additional Info Santiago Segura, who has a small part in this film, is a close friend of the director. He is well known in Spain as “Torente” a bungling and disreputable detective.

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