It's quite astonishing how little the characters themselves care about the story and what's happening around them. The very minimalist reactions to nearly any action have an almost Bressonian feel to it that make this film feel surprisingly interesting and at times even entertaining.
The only person in the film who seems to be kinda serious is Luke Goss as Jared Nomak, the freaky monster zombie/vampire. Which is a great counterpoint to the shenanigans of the Bloodpack led by a hilariously wry Ron Perlman. BLADE II is the most fun when you realize even Wesley Snipes' half-man/half-vampire is in on the joke. And as always, in any del Toro film, the visual and creature design are aces.
i remember this being a worthy successor to a very loved first part...at least i thought it to be until a re-watch which broke the illusion of a super charismatic combination of characters and a neat storyline. the CGI effects were horrible, didn't remember them being like that... but the appreciation for the new goons still stands!
Solid, bloody fun but probably my least favorite del Toro film. While you could blame some instances of horrible CGI (especially during the fight scenes), it was the acting that brought it down into cheesiness. While Goyer's script was solid fun & del Toro's signature was intact (the Reapers are probably straight from his journals), it's not everyday we see Donnie Yen with eyeliner and mute.