Blade Trinity Didn’t Quite Live Up to the Hype

Blade Trinity (2004) Review

Blade Trinity sees the introduction of Drake, or basically, Dracula into the story. Given the title of the first vampire, Drake is plenty powerful, providing Blade with a truly worthy adversary to face (with all that he faced in the previous films, this is a very natural progression). In the film, Blade is joined by Hannibal King (partially inspired from the comic character with the same name) and Abigail Whistler (Whistler’s estranged daughter). Together, they form an unlikely team that is all that stands against Drake’s intention to take over the world.

Third Time’s the Charm

A group of vampires lead by Danica Talos seeks out the resting place of Drake, also known as Dracula, the first vampire. Talos does so with the goal of gaining a new form of strength from the very first vampire. At the same time, she intends to use Drake to kill Blade.

When Blade is framed by vampires for a murder, his base is attacked and Whistler dies defending the place, and Blade is captured. He does not stay long in captivity however, as he is saved by Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler who are members of the Nightstalkers –a group of vampire hunters who need Blade’s help in stopping Talos and Drake. At the same time, the group is developing the Daystar, a powerful virus that could potentially wipe out any vampire it infects but is harmless to humans. However, in order to complete the virus, they must acquire some blood from Drake.

The film’s final act begins after an attack on the vampires on the Nightstalker base –killing most of the Nightstalkers and abducting King and a young girl named Zoe. Blade and Abigail then storm the vampire base in order to rescue the two as well as finally put down Drake.

Blade Trinity (2004) Review

Kind of Familiar

The movie hits many of the same beats as the first Blade movie, by director David S. Goyer is a little out of his element trying to reign in the plot of the film (he is more of a writer than he is a director, though even that is suspect –he also co-wrote BvS after all). Even the whole plot with the vampire cure is a rehashing of the same serum that Blade used in the first film.

While adding Abigail and Whistler to the film does add a new perspective for viewers to follow, it is obvious that by the third film, Blade’s character has very little to do other than the same exact things he has been doing in the previous films (stabbing more vampires). Adding Dracula as a main villain is a nice step on the part of the writers (Blade’s battles against Dracula in the comics are some of his biggest fights), the film version is a little underwhelming.

Where the Movie Fell Short

Blade Trinity (2004) Review

The lack of emphasis on good plot details makes this vampire action movie feel disjointed. And that is a shame since it could have been so much better. One key plot point is the part where the vampires have a plan to create a human blood farm –keeping humans alive in giant blood bags to be harvested without being killed. It makes for a very good sci-fi argument about how much foresight the vampires need if they truly want to feasibly take over the world.

Taking Dracula as the ‘first’ vampire is also a great horror trope that is well loved and received by vampire fans, however, that does not get the same level of recognition or importance in the script outside of lip service dialogue from Talos’ crew.

This is seen heavily as a failure on the part of Goyer, who was unable to keep a cohesive grasp over the film’s production (many of the rumors surrounding Snipes’ attitude while filming are said to be caused between a rift between him and Goyer). Also, the previous film also had Donnie Yen (one of the Bloodpack members and more popularly known through Ip Man) as the fight coordinator. Many regard the combat choreography for Trinity as having far too many cuts and not allowing for a good flow of movement. It would have been nice to see a movie where King’s gunplay and Abigail’s bowmanship were used better in the fights.