Truth be told, I enjoyed Blade II even more. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, it achieved what I thought impossible for a superhero sequel: it was actually a scary film; a balls-to-the-wall horror film as much as an action/martial-arts venture. The worthwhile sequel pitted Wesley Snipes' Blade character against a feral vampire breed that had to be hunted down and eradicated, and Blade joined up with a team of surly vampires (including Ron Perlman...) to stop the brutes before they could destroy the human race. It was sort of like Blade meets Aliens; but for me it absolutely worked on all thrusters.
I write all this prologue not because I necessarily expect everyone to agree with my assessments of the Blade films (I'm apparently dangling alone on a half-broken branch here...), but merely because I wanted to establish that there were some interesting touches in the previous franchise films; and that I had no trouble whatsoever appreciating those touches. The movies gave me a good, exciting time, and I appreciate that, especially when terrible superhero films abound - crap like Elektra, Catwoman, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Ghost Rider, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, X3 and Daredevil. Need I go on? In such company, Blade is frigging Shakespeare.
But Blade: Trinity does not live up to the legacy of entertainment established by the earlier Blade films. Bluntly stated, it's a superficial, corny, CGI-fest that commits two terrible crimes. One, it's unremittingly boring. And two, it drifts far afield from Wesley Snipes' character, the protagonist of the film series.
Snipes re-connects powerfully with his iconic role in Blade: Trinity, but his heroic efforts are to almost no avail. He's saddled with two "young" sidekicks who steal precious screen-time from him. First, there's the terribly annoying Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King - a walking collection of bad jokes. And then there's vanilla (but hot) Jessica Biel as bland Abigail Whistler. From the moment these new characters appear on the screen, one can immediately sense what is occurring here: someone behind the scenes is co-opting the Blade franchise to build another franchise for these characters. And frankly...that sucks. One doesn't go to a Blade movie to see other characters kick vampire ass. That's Blade's job. This sort of switcheroo is disrespectful to Snipes as well as long-time fans. The films have succeeded wildly - with him as the anchor and star - and so rightfully the expectation is that this third film would continue the legacy and actually be about Blade. However, that's not the case. He's been asked to front a product that isn't authentically what it should be.
With Hannibal's lame wisecracks constantly undercutting the tension, Drake not offering much menace, and a crappy plot line, Blade:Trinity proves a rather underwhelming superhero film. Even worse, it's cut together in the manner of an Underworld or Aeon Flux, meaning that the action is virtually incoherent. As though the director (writer David Goyer) has no vision when it comes to on-screen geography, or spatial relationships. The editing is relentlessly choppy, so that even Snipes' ultra-cool moves (another reason to see these films...) get lost in the shuffle.