Keusenkothen’s Film Review: Blade

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There are tons of Marvel movies, and with the canon of Marvel starting in 2008 with “Iron Man,” it is easy to forget all the other films Marvel has made.

The year was 1998 and comic book movies were, for the most part, considered a joke, besides most of the Batman movies.

Yes, there were a few serious ones, but all of them have the same success rate as video game movies have now. Star the names, have some effects, have a romance that couldn’t form, create some violence, and have the main character say some catch phrase, that you will say to your friends and then forget why it was cool two weeks. Needless to say 1998’s “Blade” being the first successful Marvel movie, was also the best example of this formula.

So after a woman is rushed to the hospital as the credits roll, we rush our origin story of our main anti-hero, and hit the night club where vampires feed on anyone human. Of course their evil ways are stopped the star of our film, Wesley Snipes, playing half mortal, half vampire, all vigilante: Blade.

Throughout the film, one of the protagonists, Karen, acts borderline uninterested with all the vampire stuff being pushed into her world. One would think she would freak out little, or at least reacted weirdly by the dialogue asking more questions. My guess was they were trying to make her character in awe or shock, but it came off as lazy.

I want to take a second to recognize that this movie has a lot of plot moments and action scenes that are similar to the “Matrix” Trilogy. This is very strange considering this film came out a year before “The Matrix.”

I recognize Blade as the one, since he is the only one of his kind. Karen resembles Trinity from the sequels being an ex machina. Whisper, as Morpheus, the believer and guider who sacrifices himself, and gets ambushed by the vampires who are like agents.

These vampires are led by a man turned vampire, Deacon Frost. Deacon Frost disobeys and eventually takes over the pure vampire league who act like the oracle and architect.

Conspiracy theorist and fan-fiction writers; do something.

Deacon Frost is busy decoding the prophecy, and creating parties of the vampires to enjoy, all while sending his men to hunt down Blade. This film does a great job of keeping everything clear and concise even when it is jumping through different plots and explaining vampire lore.

Another odd thing to mention is that this movie also borrows from “Men in Black” just a little bit. Wesley Snipes is an enforcer against other species in this planet, vampirism of both pure and disease decent, to find out Frost’s evil plan. (It is a vampire joke, because frost bite and religious symbolism with the deacon title mocking other sources of vampire mythology. It was not very funny on screen either.)

Spoiler alert: The climax of this movie seems very strange. Whisperer dies, and says some final words. Karen is kidnapped, again, where Deacon Frost flirts with her, and a ceremony is being prepared waiting for Wesley Snipes to come and fight.

This is because they need Blade’s blood so they can summon the all-powerful vampire God, who will resurrect himself in Frost’s body.

After he finds out his dead mother is now a vampire, he is surrounded and trapped. Blade is captured and put in what looks like a trap from “National Treasure” which draws his blood for the ceremony.

Karen ex machina appears to release him, give him her own blood to refuel and then hands him the weapon that will kill any vampire via cell manipulation.

Disappointing is basically the only thing I can say to that, because that awesome final battle was reduced to a one shot kill. (Critical hit, because it is super effective!)

So Wesley Snipes utters a catch phrase, left over from the script of “Demolition Man,” and our villain explodes into a pool of blood. Blade explains there is a war out there still with the other vampires. He then chooses not to take the cure that Karen made to return him to a human, and two sequels were made. These days, it is hard to watch this flick without laughing at some of the more rediculous aspects. But overall, it is a pretty good series.

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John Keusenkothen is a senior at St. Thomas and is the resident movie expert of The Eagle. Keusenkothen will answer any question about movies unless one asks him what his favorite is. His favorite holiday is National Nothing Day, (January 16th) and his favorite role model is himself. Approach with caution and possibly with chocolate milk.

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