A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community - The Reaper. A vampire so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Blade is asked by the Vampire Nation for his help in preventing a nightmare plague that would wipe out both humans and vampires.
Set in Prague, this sequel is built around dangerous alliances. The half-human, half-vampire Blade (Wesley Snipes) is approached by the vampire underworld for help. The Reaper strain, a mutation in the vampire gene, has resulted in a new species of super-vampires. Those carrying the gene are risks to ordinary vampires and humans, especially since conventional anti-vampire weapons won't do them in. This installment in the life of Blade, the fearless vampire slayer, is dense on imagery, mood and plot. Happily, it exults in its lurid and gruesome absurdity. Because of the movie's wonderful shamelessness, its mordantly funny chills and fights are huge turn-ons. A B picture in love with the zest of its comic-book origins, it embodies that medium's pulse-pounding spiritedness and silliness. — Elvis Mitchell
2002-03-22 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Blade II