Blade II


Dir: Guillermo Del Toro
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Norman Reedus, Luke Goss, Leonor Varela

Trash City
Top 10:2002
Yes, that Luke Goss, former teen idol as part of Bros, last seen at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, in a musical version of Plan 9 from Outer Space. He does not break into When Will I Be Famous?, but seeing his name in the credits was probably a bigger shock than anything in the movie (even surpassing Cat from Red Dwarf showing up). Still, this was a very solid effort, complete with some of the most eye-popping gore I've seen in quite a while, occasionally reaching The Thing standard. Snipes is back, teaming up with vampires to fight a new menace (Goss), whose mode of attack really needs to be seen to be believed - you'll certainly look nervously at anyone with a cleft chin on the way out of the cinema.

Kris Kristofferson also returns from the grave...somehow...but Blade still gets a new sidekick (Reedus), who is immensely irritating, despite a fondness for The Powerpuff Girls and Krispy Kreme donuts. While there is some effort to inject plot, for the most part this is really no more than a series of loosely-linked set pieces, with Snipes even more outrageously cool than first time round. The editing is lighting-fast, perhaps too quick, since I'd have liked to admire Donnie Yen's fight choreography - as in Highlander: Endgame, he's also a minor character. It's still slick, fast-paced, spectacular and fun; no more than you'd expect, perhaps, but certainly no less than you could want.

B


One Blade shaves you close...
the second, closer still
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