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Blade IIThere are two ways to kill people in Blade II. You can be elaborately technical in your combat, which is how Blade (Wesley Snipes) -- half human,...Blade IIHorror, Action/Adventure, Mystery and ThrillerPT120MRThere are two ways to kill people in Blade II. You can be elaborately technical in your combat, which is how Blade (Wesley Snipes) -- half human,...2002-03-20Ron PerlmanNorman ReedusLeonor VarelaRon Perlman, Norman Reedus, Leonor VarelaNew Line Cinema
Wesley Snipes, Blade II

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Blade II

Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman, Norman Reedus, Leonor Varela; Director: Guillermo del Toro; Author: David S. Goyer; Producer (person): Avi Arad; Release Date Wide: 03/22/2002; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 120; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: New Line Cinema

There are two ways to kill people in Blade II. You can be elaborately technical in your combat, which is how Blade (Wesley Snipes) – half human, half vampire, and all sulky – tends to go about it; at various points, he wields a samurai sword, phosphorous bombs, and his own acrobatic, kicking-off-the-walls body. (In a nice touch, the camera sometimes twirls right along with him.) Or you can be elaborately slurpy in your flesh-eating, which is the mode preferred by the villains. They’re a crew of deluxe vampires who look like Nosferatu with skin made entirely of blue cheese. These supersuckers have mouths that split open into…much bigger mouths, the cavities adorned with a gelatinous thrusting thingy that unfurls like calamari with genitals. (Hey, I just report this stuff.)

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, ”Blade II” is less obsessed with its hero as a fashion statement of new-millennium demon chic than the first ”Blade” was. The new film seems equally influenced by videogames and open-heart surgery. Del Toro lays on the operatic head-trip gore, but his heavy-handed embrace of the ”Blade” mythology allows Wesley Snipes to give more of a performance than he did in the first film. He taps a note of stylized pathos in his portrayal of a hero caught between worlds. Could it be that Snipes, a good actor who became an action star, got caught between worlds himself?

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