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Blade II (2002)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  22 March 2002 (USA)
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Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reaper vampires who feed on vampires.

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A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community. The Reaper. A vampire so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Now their quickly expanding population threatens the existence of vampires, and soon there won't be enough humans in the world to satisfy their bloodlust. Blade, Whistler (Yes, he's back) and an armory expert named Scud are curiously summoned by the Shadow Council. The council reluctantly admits that they are in a dire situation and they require Blade's assistance. Blade then tenuously enters into an alliance with The Bloodpack, an elite team of vampires trained in all modes of combat to defeat the Reaper threat. Blade's team and the Bloodpack are the only line of defense which can prevent the Reaper population from wiping out the vampire and human populations. Written by Sean Daly

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Rated R for strong pervasive violence, language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Blade 2: Bloodhunt  »

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Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,528,016 (USA) (22 March 2002)

Gross:

$60,999 (Hong Kong) (6 September 2002)
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Trivia

When Blade returns to his headquarters early in the movie, Scud remarks, "The Dark Knight Returns!" This is a reference to another comic book character that hunts by night, Batman, who was the subject of a classic comic book miniseries. See more »

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Lighthammer was bitten and for hours does not turn, yet when Priest is bitten within 20 minutes, he turns. See more »

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Scud: [watching the UV bomb flicker and die] I don't know, maybe I fucked up. Maybe you were right.
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References Naked Lunch (1991) See more »

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Mind What You Say
Written by Lennox Brown
Performed by Lennox Brown (as Buppy)
Courtesy of Brown II Productions
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19 September 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

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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