Blade 2, How to do a Sequel 101
Del Toro and Wesley Snipes what can go wrong? ok in production, Blade 2 looked like an uncertainty to happen. Four years after the first Blade with a director change and we have a sequel. In addition, this is the first sequel of a Marvel Property, another accomplishment for Wesley. Bringing Del Toro in was a shot of life for the franchise as the visuals and overall tone of the film changed. The cast in this film was stellar with standout performances from Ron Pearlman, the returning Kris Kristofferson, Donnie Yen, Leonor Varela, and Luke Goss. Luke in particular plays the main villain of this film, Jared Nomak. Nomak is a carrier of the reaper virus (a virus that turns vampires into zombies). Nomak was the 1st patient of the viruses due to the work of his father, Nomak’s path is due to the hate he has towards his family and virtually losing everything. He is easily the best villain I have covered so far and one of my comic book movie villains of all time.
Blade also has a fascinating story here too. Blade has to team with Vampires (a group known as the Bloodpack), led by Ron Pearlman’s Dieter Reinhardt in order to stop the reaper virus from killing off planet earth. The Bloodpack is worried about what the reaper virus would do their kind. Blade is worried about the fate of humanity and the bigger picture of what this virus would to in general, thus, forming an unlikely alliance.
Right off the bat, I love this film. This film provides a very formula like sequel structure that the X-Men followed in their next installment but A LOT better than Blade same as Spiderman to a degree. Blade added more to this world by incorporating the Reaper virus. The vampires also show range in the film. None of them trusts Blade and Blade does not trust them either, but they know what needs to done. However, where the film falters is this relationship.
Where we should, had saw progression in how each side felt about the other, it resorted to the typical backstabbing/redemption arc in Act 3. Which did lead to a kick-ass fight scene by Snipes. The fact Snipes and Yen did not fight in this a movie is a crime in itself. Back to the narrative of who and who not to trust, the films does a good job of showing of the Bloodpack members and their personalities. Not each of them were able to get in-depth with their characters, which is fine most of them were cannon fodder. The side story between Whistler and Norman Reedus’s (Hi Darryl) Scud was not fascinating but it served its purpose here narrative wise.
Honestly, with a better writer this film would be a grand slam. David S Goyer really is the problem again. Del Toro did put a lot of work in this film and it shows. This film did have allot going for it. The cast brought their A game, amazing villain, and Snipes being Snipes. Throw in some great action pieces and one-liners and you have Blade 2. A blueprint on how to make sequels fun. Side note: The soundtrack for this film is fun to listen too as well.