Blade | Chicago Reader


Rated R 123 minutes 1998

Blade (Wesley Snipes), infected by vampirism as a fetus, has devoted his life and special powers—he has all the strengths of vampires but only one of their weaknesses—to avenging his mother's murder. He's managed to keep his desperate need for blood under control with the help of a serum devised by a mentor and fellow vampire slayer (Kris Kristofferson), and when he rescues a doctor (N'Bushe Wright) who specializes in blood chemistry, it seems there may be hope for a cure. Blade's archenemy is an uppity young vampire (Stephen Dorff) who attracts unsuspecting humans by holding wild parties, a tactic that rocks the conservative agenda of a governing body of old-school vampires and provides enough excuses for trendy posturing and fashion statements to ensure that this 1998 action thriller would be hopelessly dated before its release. Stephen Norrington directed a screenplay by David S. Goyer (Dark City), based on characters created for Marvel Comics by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan.




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