Blade II There are two ways to kill people in Blade II . You can be elaborately technical in your combat, which is how Blade (Wesley Snipes)… Blade II There are two ways to kill people in Blade II . You can be elaborately technical in your combat, which is how Blade (Wesley Snipes)… 2002-03-22 R PT120M Action/Adventure Horror Mystery and Thriller Kris Kristofferson Wesley Snipes Ron Perlman Norman Reedus Leonor Varela Avi Arad New Line Cinema
Review

Blade 2 (2002)

MPAA Rating: R
Wesley Snipes, Blade II | FANG CLUB ''Blade'''s Snipes turns on his high beams
Image credit: Blade 2: Bruce Talamon
FANG CLUB ''Blade'''s Snipes turns on his high beams
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Mar 22, 2002; Rated: R; Length: 120 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror, Mystery and Thriller; With: Kris Kristofferson and Wesley Snipes; 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?

Originally posted Mar 21, 2002
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