'Blade trinity' presents us with a tired, wearier vampire hunting superhero who has at his disposal support in the form of two sidekicks and an array of cool gadgets, but a villain who is all muscle and no intimidation. Blame director David S. Goyer, the writer of all three Blade movies, who decides to get behind the lens for this instalment with very mixed results. For starters, Goyer, a suitable writer for this and other gothic adaptations (including Dark City), seems to lose steam in flexing his muscles and performing at his forte, which is the script itself. It lacks the sharp gory edginess of the previous Blade fixtures putting its plot somewhere between 'Van Helsing' and the lacklustre Blade inspired 'Underworld'.
Not for lack of trying however, the setup has Blade, a character played so well by Wesley Snipes earlier and this time round as well, take on that tantalizing of all vampires, Dracula himself, rechristened Drake for the 21st century, complete with cropped haircut and a master plan for world domination. Blade has his fair share of trouble to deal with when he is caught on film, identified by local police and eventually incarcerated in connection with a killing rampage. Freeing him are comrades in common cause, Abigail Whistler (the always alluring Jessica Biel), Whistler's estranged daughter and a former vampire Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) each of whom is stocked with an endless supply of mp3's and bad jokes respectively.
Like many other trilogies, Blade whimpers towards the third part of its cinematic run. David Goyer's flashy, quick cut, imitation direction doesn't have an identity of its own either, in contrast to the wonderful and stark work done by both previous directors Stephen Norrington and Guillermo del Toro. By those levels, Blade trinity has a lot to live up, which it obviously doesn't. Its also striking how the trio of vampire hunters aren't nearly as terrifying or threatening as Blade always was on his own is. The kinetic fight scenes, arguably the linchpin of the all movies in this series, are more like skirmishes this time, with most of the real work being done by the newbies. By all accounts, Blade trinity is a bundle of fun during some moments, but its freshness as a continuing saga has by now worn its welcome. - Faizan Rashid