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Blade II (2002)

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Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.

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Guillermo del Toro

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Blade
Kris Kristofferson ... Whistler
Ron Perlman ... Reinhardt
Leonor Varela ... Nyssa
Norman Reedus ... Scud
Thomas Kretschmann ... Damaskinos
Luke Goss ... Nomak
Matt Schulze ... Chupa (as Matthew Schulze)
Danny John-Jules ... Asad (as Danny John Jules)
Donnie Yen ... Snowman
Karel Roden ... Kounen
Marit Velle Kile Marit Velle Kile ... Verlaine
Tony Curran ... Priest
Daz Crawford ... Lighthammer
Santiago Segura ... Rush
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Romanian | Czech

Release Date:

22 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blade 2: Bloodhunt See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,528,016, 24 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$82,348,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,010,032
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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David S. Goyer and Peter Frankfurt both admired director Guillermo del Toro and believed his dark sensibilities to be ideal for Blade II. Frankfurt first met del Toro when Frankfurt's design company, Imaginary Forces, did the title sequences for Mimic. "I admired Mimic and got to know Guillermo through that film," says Frankfurt. "Both David Goyer and I have been fans of his since Cronos (1993) and were enthusiastic about him coming on board. Guillermo is such a visual director and has a very strong sense of how he wants a movie to look. When you sign on with someone like Guillermo you're not going to tell him what the movie should look like, you're going to let him run with it." Like Goyer, del Toro has a passion for comic books. "Guillermo was weaned on comic books, as was I," says Goyer. "I was a huge comic book collector... my brother and I had about twelve thousand comic books that we assembled when we were kids, so I know my background." Tippett Studio provided computer-generated visual effects, including digital doubles of some of the characters, while Steve Johnson and his company XFX were hired to create the prosthetic makeup and animatronic effects. Del Toro chose not to alter the script too much from the ideas created by Goyer and Snipes. "I wanted the movie to have a feeling of both a comic book and Japanese animation," said the director. "I resurrected those sources and viewed them again. I dissected most of the dailies from the first movie; I literally grabbed about four boxes of tapes and one by one saw every single tape from beginning to end until I perfectly understood where the language of the first film came from. I studied the style of the first one and I think Norrington used a tremendous narrative style. His work is very elegant." See more »

Goofs

In a close-up of Whistler after has speaks with Blade, Blade has jumped some distance away, where previously they were standing together (the shot of Blade walking away was cut). See more »

Quotes

[last lines: Rush goes into a viewing booth at a strip joint, but the door goes up to show Blade standing there]
Blade: Well, you didn't think I forgot about you, did you?
[stabs his sword through the plexiglass and into Rush's head]
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Crazy Credits

The background of the "New Line Cinema" logo is red instead of the traditional black and blue light background. See more »

Alternate Versions

As of 2013, the SyFy Channel cable TV version of the film did the usual time and content editing and left the ending where Rush is attacked and killed by Blade in the adult entertainment theater venue. As of 2016 and 2017, often re-airings of the film end after Nyssa dies in Blade's arms after he mercy kills her by putting her out in the sun. See more »

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References Alien (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

The Name of The Game
Written by Ken Jordan, Scott Kirkland and Tom Morello
Performed by The Crystal Method
Courtesy of Geffen Records & Tiny E Music
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Entertaining
18 January 2005 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

I have a weak spot for comic-book action. Something about the mix between today and the supernatural has always drawn me to it. And i found the first "Blade" to be one of the more entertaining in the genre.

Blade (Wesley Snipes) has been looking for his old-time companion Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) for a long time. Whistler was taken captive by vampires and Blade has slaughtered his way through the vampire clans of several countries to find him. Now though there is another threat to the human race that also affects the vampires themselves. Soon Blade is given an offer he can't refuse, resulting in a unholy alliance between the vampires and their greatest enemy.

Guillermo del Toro is a man with what the Germans would term "fingerspitzengefühl". He's got that special feeling for what works on screen, especially when it comes to movies like this one. Blade 2 refines most of the elements seen in the first Blade movie. This is a violent and action-filled journey into a comic-book world and del Toro is not taking any prisoners. Wesley Snipes seems to enjoy himself as Blade and most of the other actors also seem to blend in nicely in the mood of the film.

There were only a few minor flaws that bothered me. Most of all the sometimes shaky CGI-work. Some of the special effects look cheap to say the least. Especially the use of digital "stand-ins" for the actors that are used in some action scenes to spice them up a bit. All in all though this is an entertaining ride in it's overblown testosterone-rich way. I rate it 6/10.


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