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Blade II

Blade II is a 2002 vampire action film directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Wesley Snipes. Based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade, it is the second film in the Blade series.

Plot

Two years after the end of the previous film, Blade cuts a swath through the vampire population of Prague to find his old mentor Abraham Whistler being kept in suspended animation. He rescues Whistler, who has been turned into a vampire, and administers an accelerated version of the cure that was developed in the first film. Whistler revives and learns that Blade has procured a new weaponsmith in his absence, Scud.

As Whistler and Scud begin to argue, a pair of vampires invade Blade's base and deliver a truce offering. Blade accepts and visits the fortress of the ancient vampire Eli Damaskinos. There he learns that a disease spread by Jared Nomak has created a new strain of infected vampires called Reapers that threaten to wipe out all human life on the planet. The vampires offer to ally with Blade in order to combat this mutual threat. Blade agrees and teams with the Bloodpack, an elite vampire squad that was created to battle Blade himself.

Blade and the Bloodpack stake out a vampire nightclub, and their uneasy alliance quickly wears thin. When the Reapers attack, Blade pursues Nomak, and learns that he too bears a personal grudge against vampires. After the battle, the group deduces that the Reapers' only weakness is ultraviolet light. They concoct a plan to lure the Reapers into the sewers and ambush them with UV grenades. Though Blade develops an unusual connection with Nyssa, the daughter of Damaskinos, he is ultimately betrayed by the Bloodpack during the ambush.

Blade, Whistler, and Scud are taken back to Damaskinos's fortress as prisoners, where Damaskinos reveals that he created Nomak in a botched effort to breed a superior race of vampires. Scud also reveals himself as a traitor, but Blade kills him with his own bomb. As Nomak assaults the fortress, Whistler and Blade break free. Damaskinos prepares to flee, but he is betrayed by Nyssa. Nomak kills Damaskinos and infects Nyssa before Blade catches up to him. Blade and Nomak engage in an epic battle before Blade stabs Nomak in the heart. On the brink of death, Nomak feels relieved of his pain and completes the fatal blow.

As the sun dawns, Blade stoically grants Nyssa her final wish to see the sun, to die as a vampire before the Reaper virus takes hold of her. In an epilogue, Blade goes to London in order to settle an old score with a vampire flunky.

Cast

  • Wesley Snipes as Blade: A half-vampire "daywalker" who hunts vampires.
  • Kris Kristofferson as Abraham Whistler: Blade's human mentor and weaponsmith.
  • Ron Perlman as Reinhardt: A member of the Bloodpack, who bears a particular grudge against Blade. He is cut down the middle at the end of a sword fight with Blade.
  • Leonor Varela as Nyssa Damaskinos: Though an unapologetic, natural-born vampire and daughter to Damaskinos, Nyssa develops an unusual connection with Blade.
  • Norman Reedus as Scud: A young weaponsmith who aids Blade in Whistler's absence. He is also a vampire double-agent. He is blown to pieces by his own bomb after Blade reveals he knew of Scud's betrayal all along.
  • Thomas Kretschmann as Eli Damaskinos: An ancient vampire who is obsessed with creating a superior race of vampires as his legacy. He is killed by his own creation, Jared Nomak after he tries to flee from him.
  • Luke Goss as Jared Nomak: Patient zero and carrier of the Reaper virus. He bears a grudge against Damaskinos for forsaking him. He is stabbed in the heart at the end of a sword fight with Blade, he then drives the end of the sword deeper into his heart killing himself and ending his pain.
  • Matt Schulze as Chupa: A pugnacious member of the Bloodpack who bears a particular grudge against Whistler. He is devoured by a pack of reaper infected vampires in the sewers after he attempts to beat Whistler to death.
  • Danny John-Jules as Asad: A well-mannered member of the Bloodpack who helps deliver Damaskinos's message to Blade. He is killed in the sewers by the reaper vampires after they pull him under the water.
  • Donnie Yen as Snowman: A mute swordsman and member of the Bloodpack. He is killed by Lighthammer in the sewers after Lighthammer changes into one of the reaper vampires having been infected earlier. Yen also choreographed three of the fight scenes for the film.
  • Karel Roden as Karl Kounen: A "familiar", Damaskinos's human agent and lawyer. He is shot to death by Whistler while trying to torture a captured Blade.
  • Marit Velle Kile as Verlaine: A pink-haired member of the Bloodpack and the lover of Lighthammer. She commits suicide when she open a manhole covering letting day light into the sewers after she is chased by an infected Lighthammer she succeeds in killing him as well.
  • Daz Crawford as Lighthammer: A hulking, hammer-wielding member of the Bloodpack. He is infected by one of the reaper vampires in the club, but he hides this from the rest of the group. He finally changes when they are in the sewers and kills Snowman, he attempts to kill Verlaine but is incinerated by sunlight when Verlaine opens a manhole covering, killing them both.
  • Tony Curran as Priest: An Irish-accented member of the Bloodpack, and the first member to be infected by the Reaper virus, and is burnt to death by sunlight when Blade shoots out a window as a mercy killing.
  • Santiago Segura as Rush: A vampire flunky in Prague who temporarily escapes Blade's wrath. He is later seen in a brothel possibly attempting to bite one of the girls but is instead stabbed in the head by Blade.
  • Chris Hay as Reaper: A vampire in Prague who gets infected with the Reaper virus. He is most likely killed when Blade and the remaining members of the Bloodpack set off their ultra-violet grenades, the resulting explosion kills most if not all reaper vampires in the sewers.

Reception

Blade II was the most successful of the Blade film trilogy, making $80 million in the United States and $150 million worldwide. Critically, however, the film was less successful, gaining a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. While it is a generally mixed score, it is the highest rated Blade film, surpassing Blade 's 55% and Trinity 's 27%. On a similar film critic website, Metacritic, the film has a 52, indicating "Mixed or Average Reviews." This again surpasses Blade 's 45 and Trinity 's 38.

Soundtrack

A soundtrack was released the same time as the movie and released by Virgin Records

  1. "Blade (Theme from Blade)" by Marco Beltrami & Danny Saber
  2. "Cowboy" by Eve & Fatboy Slim
  3. "I Against I" by Mos Def & Massive Attack
  4. "Right Here, Right Now" by Ice Cube & Paul Oakenfold
  5. "Tao of the Machine" by The Roots & BT
  6. "Child of the Wild West" by Cypress Hill & Roni Size
  7. "The One" by Busta Rhymes & Dub Pistols
  8. "We Be Like This" by Jadakiss & Danny Saber
  9. "Gorillaz on My Mind" by Redman & Gorillaz
  10. "Gangsta Queens" by Trina & Groove Armada
  11. "PHDream" by The Crystal Method
  12. "Rasied in the Hood" by Volume 10 & Roni Size
  13. "Gettin' Aggressive" by Mystikal & Moby
  14. "Mind What You Say" by Buppy

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