Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Written by: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Traci Lords
If it wasn’t for the surprise success of Blade, then we wouldn’t have The Avengers. Nor would we have this Renaissance of comic book movies in general. Yet I bet a good chunk of the movie going audience, that aren’t comic book fans, have no idea this is the case. New Line, and more importantly Marvel, did not see this success coming so now they had to quickly go into sequel mode. Right after this Marvel went out and help create the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises and they are STILL going strong. Eventually they would wind up going to be their own movie studio and you know the rest of the history.
In general this is a very fun movie even though it isn’t perfect. Just a total popcorn flick that is filled with cheesy dialogue and truly awful CGI. Seriously, that final sequence involving Stephen Dorf is laughably bad. But Wesley Snipes, Donal Logue, and Kris Kristofferson evoke this badassery (or in the case of Logue sheer dumbassery) that sort of makes you ignore the flaws. It is hard not to see why this got two sequels especially with the next film topping some of the more mediocre offerings of Marvel films. Anyways, try to remember the next time you see this movie that we wouldn’t be having Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man or Tom Hiddleston as Loki if it wasn’t for Wesley ‘Crazy Motherfucker’ Snipes.