New Line Cinema | Release Date: March 22, 2002
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spacebear1Dec 8, 2017
Guillermo Del Toro's Blade II is a sequel that proves to be even better than the first film. Wesley Snipes once again proves to be the perfect choice for Blade while the villain, Jared Nomak, is terrifying. In the end, this is anotherGuillermo Del Toro's Blade II is a sequel that proves to be even better than the first film. Wesley Snipes once again proves to be the perfect choice for Blade while the villain, Jared Nomak, is terrifying. In the end, this is another brainless but extremely fun superhero film. Expand
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bfoore90Sep 26, 2017
Not quite as good as the first one but the Director of Hellboy manages to make a solid sequel with awesome visuals but has too many fodder characters, a so-so plot and not enough character development for returning characters
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Bugger217Sep 3, 2017
The original Blade had an interesting core idea that it didn't do much with. Truth be told, Blade II doesn't do much more with that idea, but what it does do, is crank up the action to absurd levels, which makes it a massively enjoyableThe original Blade had an interesting core idea that it didn't do much with. Truth be told, Blade II doesn't do much more with that idea, but what it does do, is crank up the action to absurd levels, which makes it a massively enjoyable experience. Guillermo del Toro brings some fascinating new folds into the vampire genre here, much like he did with his directorial debut, Cronos. This time, of course, with more of an emphasis on thrills. Recommended for fans of vampires, action, and del Toro. Expand
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Castiel_AngelSep 22, 2016
Blade 2 is just as great as blade 1. It has great action and a great soundtrack just like the first one did. However this one did have a much greater and harder to defeat main antagonist which made it even more interesting.
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EpicLadySpongeJun 10, 2016
Blade II might be slightly be better than the original, but comparing this to its predecessor feels more like a drop instead of a rise. If we can get a great Marvel movie with Blade, that'll be amazing.
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Cinemassacre94Mar 20, 2016
A good example of a can't-miss proposition that missed by a wide margin, 1998's Blade had all the makings of a terrific B-movie, from its comic-book pedigree to its elaborate vampire mythology to Wesley Snipes' Shaft-meets-BlaculaA good example of a can't-miss proposition that missed by a wide margin, 1998's Blade had all the makings of a terrific B-movie, from its comic-book pedigree to its elaborate vampire mythology to Wesley Snipes' Shaft-meets-Blacula protagonist. A surprise hit, it was nowhere near as much fun as it should have been, mainly because it took itself way too seriously, a problem epitomized by Snipes' humorless lead performance. Snipes returns to vampire-slaying duty in Blade II, and while he still cuts a grim figure, he's surrounded by a film that's everything Blade should have been but wasn't: stylish, fast-paced, and comfortable with its own ridiculousness. Taking place two years after the original, Blade II finds Snipes' half-human, half-vampire warrior fighting a new enemy: a vampiric super-sect so dangerous and feared that even the malevolent vampire establishment wants it destroyed. Having devoted his life to fighting vampires, Snipes is understandably reluctant to aid his hated foes, but agrees to help destroy the new breed before it can take over the earth. Kris Kristofferson returns to play gruff-old-coot mentor to Snipes' semi-undead cowboy, and they're joined by a scene-stealing Norman Reedus as Snipes' stoner sidekick and Ron Perlman as an arrogant vampire who battles with Snipes for alpha-vampire status. Blade II's dialogue tends toward the arbitrary, but it's spiked with occasional bursts of wit. The combative relationship between Perlman and Snipes likewise gives the film a much-needed injection of droll humor, while Kristofferson and Reedus make striking impressions with minimal screen time. The film's plot functions as little more than a loose framework for impressive setpieces and energetically choreographed martial-arts sequences, but director Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone, Mimic) keeps things moving so quickly and looking so good that it barely matters. The world can always use another entertainingly trashy B-movie, and Blade II fits the bill. Expand
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ColginatorAug 11, 2015
After the great success of the first Blade film and before the horrific disaster that was Blade Trinity, Guillermo Del Toro took the reigns of the Blade franchise for it's second outing to turn Blade into the first Marvel movie franchise. InAfter the great success of the first Blade film and before the horrific disaster that was Blade Trinity, Guillermo Del Toro took the reigns of the Blade franchise for it's second outing to turn Blade into the first Marvel movie franchise. In spite of this being Torro's first venture in to action, he proves that he is clearly suited for the genre already having the trademarks that make him such a great director, including his flair for cool designs and his ability to create stylish and focused action sequences.

Taking place 2 years after the first Blade film, a mutation has occurred within the vampire community that causes them to mutate into a new species called Reapers. These creatures are stronger, faster and have a far more extreme blood lust, sucking both the blood of vampires and humans at a rapid rate. Thus Blade and his team of vampire hunters are recruited by an elite squad of vampires called the blood pack, to hunt down the Reapers and save both vampires and humans from this new threat.

Once again Snipes is on top form as the Blade, bringing the right mix of humour and sword wielding mastery needed to bring the comic book character to life on screen. But the best new addition to the film is the inclusion of the Bloodpack. Their incorporation into the film creates an interesting dynamic as they were originally trained to kill the daywalker, but put in this new situation are forced to work with him. Thus we're basically waiting for the timb bomb to go off throughout the film, waiting for the inevitable double crossing to begin. Although whilst they all look like the badass vampires they're supposed to and the team as a whole are effective in the story, several members of the team don't seem to get any real screen time. Out of the 8 in the team only 2 of them are being given more than the bare minimum amount of dialogue, making it too clear the rest of them are the vampire equivalent to a nameless red coat.

But the members of the Bloodpack that the film does give time to live up to their badass looks. Ron Perlman plays the leader Reinhardt, who brings his usual tough guy attitude to the role, whilst sharing a cool unfriendly rivalry with Blade, where the pair constantly try to oneup each other. Then there's Nyssa who acts as the main liaison with Blade and his team. Whilst her role in the film is fairly typical as the standard love interest in spite of sharing little chemistry with Snipes, the character still has some great moments through her fight scenes and an interesting side plot exploring where her loyalties should lie.

Toro takes all his talents from directing horror movies into the action genre, with the Reapers slit lipped mouths looking like they could have been ripped directly from a horror film. He's also able to adapt to the action genre by incorporating a constant sense of movement in his camera movement, making the already fast paced swordplay even more exciting. The only downside with the action is the CGI, which at times is rather chunky and ends up making Blade look more like an action figure. However it's so well implemented to maintain the flow of the fight that the effects never distract from the enjoyment of the scene.

Not everything in this film works, with some characters having no real purpose and some poorly explained story elements like Whistler coming back from death in the first film. But what does work is so great that it's easy to look past these flaws. This is by far the best Blade film by delivering on all the cool things that made the first film so enjoyable, with it's fast paced action and awesome designs, whilst improving on the formula with even more impressive action sequences and a great story that leads up to an extremely satisfying pay off.
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oxanaJan 3, 2015
This movie gives a few good laughs, offers entertaiment, and has some action that is nothing out of the usual, but well-made nonetheless - with good actors. Continues from "Blade", but things are pretty well explained in the beginning. Also,This movie gives a few good laughs, offers entertaiment, and has some action that is nothing out of the usual, but well-made nonetheless - with good actors. Continues from "Blade", but things are pretty well explained in the beginning. Also, perhaps it was just me, or Blade had perfected his act (fighting and weaponry) from the first movie. Not much character growth can be detected, though a few twists in the plot give insight. Also, what they dismissed in the first movie was romance - for the good of the film. In "Blade II", unfortunately, that is not the case. Expand
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TylerDurden900Jul 16, 2014
Blade 2 is just as good as Blade 1. The action is great and plentiful as in the first movie. However this time,
the style of the action scenes is different because the director is different. The director of Hellboy directed
Blade 2 and he
Blade 2 is just as good as Blade 1. The action is great and plentiful as in the first movie. However this time,
the style of the action scenes is different because the director is different. The director of Hellboy directed
Blade 2 and he turned the movie into an action masterpiece. He was a great choice to direct the sequel,
I would've chose him in a second.
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marcmyworksDec 2, 2013
Critics have often noted Blade 2 as the superior film in the franchise, I disagree. The amount of poorly done computer effects, overflow of characters and script make this film a lot to be desired.
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SuperheroMoviesAug 27, 2013
Even though the plot and character development have hardly improved from the original, this sequel delivers more stylish action and grimmer visuals than the original thanks to Del Toro's upscale direction.
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grandpajoe6191Sep 27, 2011
What I like about Guillermo Del Toro is that every movie he makes has beautifully gruesome visuals that overrides all the cons of the movie. "Blade 2" is a good example im talking about.
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TahjW.Jan 25, 2006
This offers without a doubt one of the greatest cinematic action experiences of all time. Wesley Snipes IS Blade and Del Toro's vision is brilliant.
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TysonB.Dec 3, 2005
The start of something great (Orginal Blade) just changed tone and downgraded to good.
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KeithK.May 30, 2002
Sometimes when an actor turns to directing, the results can be disastrous, such as Dana Plato's helming an episode of Cops, with tragic consequences. But just a year after winning the award for Best Supporting Actor for Traffic, Sometimes when an actor turns to directing, the results can be disastrous, such as Dana Plato's helming an episode of Cops, with tragic consequences. But just a year after winning the award for Best Supporting Actor for Traffic, Guillermo del Toro has gone behind the camera with remarkable success, in Blade 2. The movie occasionally shows some "newbie jitters" (what we call it when the newest person on my Babylon 5 chat group erroneously refers to the Minbari as "Klingons," or to the rest of us as "dorks"), but it's a really great movie in most ways. Expand
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