‘Blade’ is still a cut above the rest

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By Dakota Miller, Staff Writer

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What do you get when you combine lots of blood-sucking vampires, some mythical twists and one well-dressed Wesley Snipes? The 1998 classic action-horror movie, Blade.

The movie is the tale of a half-vampire, Blade, played by Snipes, who lost his parents at birth, and his mentor, a veteran vampire hunter named Whistler, played by Kris Kristofferson, who has hunted down vampires since they killed his family. The duo hunts down vampires in New York City, teaming up with a human woman named Dr. Karen Jenson, played by N’Bushe Wright, who discovers new ways to defeat the vampire menace.

In this film, the heroes battle against a vampire by the name of Deacon Frost, played by Stephen Dorrf. The evil vampire mastermind plans to bring all vampires under his control. This evil scheme is part of his secret master plan to summon an ancient vampire legend, enslave humanity and destroy Blade in the process.

When I first saw Blade, I thought it was one of the best vampire movies I’d seen in ages. The movie has a firmly established root in the legend of classic vampirism and vampire hunting. However, the film manages to create a more modern vampire-hunter story. Blade takes the old stakes and bows and turns them into silver spikes and shotguns, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats to see what’s next in Blade’s bag of lethal tricks. Combine this with a great techno soundtrack, and you’ve got all the makings of a great two-hour bonanza of vampirism and action that makes for an excellent view.

I didn’t give this movie a perfect five stars for a few reasons. The main reason was the speed and short length of the movie. It went so fast at times that it took a few viewings before I found new plot lines in addition to the major ones. The movie doesn’t seamlessly integrate the action and slow parts, where the major key plot points and dialogue converge.

All in all, this movie is a great vampire flick for anyone looking for a vampire action movie from a separate vein than movies such as the Twilight series. If you’re looking for a movie that doesn’t quite fit into the rigid horror or action genres, but you’re not looking for another “Sparkle Fairy Chick Flick” like Twilight, check out Blade. If you’re looking for a movie that uses a more classic model of vampirism legend instead of newer, romantic, “teenage” movie, then Blade is definitely the movie for you. 

 QUALITY – 4/5

 LENGTH – 4/5

 CHARACTERS – 5/5

 TIMELESSNESS – 5/5

 AVERAGE – 4/5