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Blade

action & adventure


Wesley Snipes plays a half-mortal, half-immortal charged with ridding the earth of a race of vampires led by Stephen Dorff in this action- packed blockbuster.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    55%
  • Audience Score
    78%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Boring vampire blood bath isn't for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is filled with violence -- in fact, violence seems to be its reason for existence. Blood falls from the ceiling onto dancing vampires. Blade graphically kills many vampires, and they in turn graphically kill many humans. There's swearing and partial nudity, as well as scenes that combine sexual lust with vampire blood lust.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about violence, greed, and the need for absolute power. Why are some people not content to let others lead? Why is the character who needs absolute power so prevalent in film and literature? What separates Blade from the vampires? Why does the audience revel in someone who seeks to solve all his problems with violence?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    55%
    reviews counted: 8
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  • Audience

    78%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Achieves just the right combination of lore and fetishized action movie.

- Daniel Etherington, Film4, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: A variation on Schwarzenegger's The Terminator!

- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Blade for me changed the style of the vampire film...and not in a good way. I just can't grasp the idea behind this film. I like action horror flicks, but there was something with Blade that just didn't click with me. I thought that Wesley Snipes was terrible here, and that that he wasn't right for the part. The film could have been better if they hired a different lead, and reworked the script. Unfortunately this is a film that just doesn't deliver, not for me anyways. I felt that the film lacked anything interesting to really make a fun viewing experience. The action was repetitive and boring. Director Stephen Norrington tried to deliver a different style of vampire, and for that I do applaud his effort at trying to do something refreshing with the genre, but the end result isn't impressive. Overall Blade was a bad film with no redeeming factors. The film is a dud, and I don't see why the film has gotten the praise it has received; this film film simply does not work. I'm more a fan of the traditional vampire films, I enjoyed the first Underworld film, as it kept the vampire overtones almost intact, but with Blade; I just don't like the half man, half vampire angle of the character. Also with the fact that the plot didn't do anything to entertain me. I thought the cast was poorly chosen, and the didn't deliver anything great on-screen. Blade is a mediocre to bad film that never succeed at being memorable. Blade is a waste of time, and as an action horror film, it doesn't succeed. The filmmakers went for style instead of content, and that clearly shows on-screen, as the plot suffers big time and this is a straight forward effects driven film.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Monday, January 16, 2012

2 stars

Blade for me changed the style of the vampire film...and not in a good way. I just can't grasp the idea behind this film. I like action horror flicks, but there was something with Blade that just didn't click with me. I thought that Wesley Snipes was terrible here, and that that he wasn't right for the part. The film could have been better if they hired a different lead, and reworked the script. Unfortunately this is a film that just doesn't deliver, not for me anyways. I felt that the film lacked anything interesting to really make a fun viewing experience. The action was repetitive and boring. Director Stephen Norrington tried to deliver a different style of vampire, and for that I do applaud his effort at trying to do something refreshing with the genre, but the end result isn't impressive. Overall Blade was a bad film with no redeeming factors. The film is a dud, and I don't see why the film has gotten the praise it has received; this film film simply does not work. I'm more a fan of the traditional vampire films, I enjoyed the first Underworld film, as it kept the vampire overtones almost intact, but with Blade; I just don't like the half man, half vampire angle of the character. Also with the fact that the plot didn't do anything to entertain me. I thought the cast was poorly chosen, and the didn't deliver anything great on-screen. Blade is a mediocre to bad film that never succeed at being memorable. Blade is a waste of time, and as an action horror film, it doesn't succeed. The filmmakers went for style instead of content, and that clearly shows on-screen, as the plot suffers big time and this is a straight forward effects driven film.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Monday, January 16, 2012

3 stars

A half-human half-vampire warrior who hunts and kills his would-be brethren is captured by his arch enemy who plots to use his blood to raise a vampire god. Blade was one of the first of the new generation of re-invented vampire flicks and it has lost some of it's impact because of it's host of imitators. I'm not the biggest fan of Wesley Snipes, but no-one could've portrayed the character better and Dorff (who is clearly inspired by Kiefer Sutherland in the Lost Boys) makes a charismatic post-Lestat villain. It begins very strongly, introducing the comic book hero in a literal blood bath of frenetic action and the character dynamics work really well. Unfortunately the film seems to lose steam more and more as it goes; the chosen one of prophesy plot is a little hackneyed and when Blade is captured and therefore not kicking vampire ass it starts to stutter and stall. It also manages to save what are easily the worst effects of the film for its big finale but the action sequences are executed with real panache and it's very stylishly done as a whole and serves as a solid foundation for its superior sequel.

- garyX, Monday, October 24, 2011