Monday, September 1, 2008

Blade (1998)

Wesley Snipes, Blade
I really like vampire movies. I also like movies that are based on comic books. The Blade series fits both. In fairness though, I was never really aware that Blade was also a comic book, that's just what I've been told. This movie offers fast paced action and an interesting storyline as Wesley Snipes fights against a slew of vampires, mainly Stephen Dorff, with the aid of Kris Kristofferson and N'Bushe Wright.

This does a lot of character explanation. Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire while she was pregnant, thus turning her unborn child into a vampire who could walk in the day, eat garlic and not be affected by silver, but still craved blood. We also learn that Whistler (Kristofferson) once had a family who was killed by vampires, and adopted Blade.

Stephen Dorff, Blade
I always like to see how different movies interpret the creatures of the night. Things we learn about vampires in this movie.
  1. Vampires cannot go out in the sun. Unless they wear sunscreen. Just like redheads.
  2. Vampires can reproduce sexually or via biting people.
  3. This bifurcation of origin creates a caste system within vampire society.
  4. Vampires are super fast and super strong.
  5. A lot of vampires are also super dumb.
  6. Weaknesses include: sunlight, silver, and garlic. They do not include crosses.
  7. You can cure vampirism in those who converted via bites.
  8. Vampires may not live forever because they have an ancient language and lore that they are unable to translate or understand.
  9. Vampires are a well kept secret that many people seem to know about.
  10. Even though vampires are a genetic mutation or virus, magic still exists.
  11. Udo Kier is a vampire.
Of course, some of this seems to change later, but we can discuss that in subsequent films. As I was watching this movie I remembered an article I'd read years ago stating that vampires scientifically cannot exist. One vampire who only fed once a month and created a vampire from that feeding would geometrically grow the vampire population to a point that humanity would be destroyed within a few years. I tried to find this article for this post, and instead I found this: [link]. What's most interesting about that is not the philosophical exercise of whether or not vampires can exist but the seemingly large group of people who actually seem to believe that they do, and are quite angry that somebody would try to prove they do not. I would like to clarify that I personally do not believe in them, I just think movies about them are cool.

Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Blade

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