Non-stop vampire slaying action and violence with gore and a lot of posing. Don't expect intelligent dialogue, emotions or strong acting as Wesley Snipes is so serious here that one almost hope he has a comedic plan behind it all and Kris Kristofferson seem to have taken a little too much whiskey sleepwalking through the film. But, the true bad actor here is Stephen Dorff who I only want to kick in the face.
Blade is a solid action film with a compelling and distinctive visual style. The fighting is well choreographed and I really appreciated the synth-laden soundtrack in cinema surround sound, but you will have to forgive the ludicrous plot and a really underwhelming antagonist. Blade is a formidable presence and deserved a better adversary than the uncharismatic Stephen Dorff as 'Frost'. Serviceable nonetheless.
It's a curious thing rewatching this almost 20 years on (...), since this is arguably the birth of the modern comic book film. It has its moments - the Blood Bath builds to a fever, and Wesley really is good, if you accept his scene-chewing through pointy canines - but Goyer's script sucks. The lack of menace proves how half-hearted they were to embrace the supernatural - it's all or nothing, but they chose both.
2-3. Fun, straight vampire action flick. In terms of what it means, there's not a WHOLE lot to say, other than there's an odd bit of focus on the fact that Deacon's not a pure-blood vampire, which is odd given the fact that Blade's not a pure-blooded vampire, either. The movie mainly pulls emotional punches from broad, but palpable sources like parental angst on Blade's part, but it comes together okay.