18 years can make or break a film, and if Cinema Sins is to be believed, Blade was broken before time even had its way with it. The first entry in Wesley Snipes' daywalker trilogy, based off of the Marvel Comic of the same name, is officially of voting age as of last week, and what better way to celebrate than to pick out its various flaws? Watch the video below, and see if you agree with Jeremy's assessment of what some consider the first successful Marvel comics film ever.
As per usual, Cinema Sins has share their brand of wit and criticism through their YouTube channel, and it's just as snarky as you'd expect. Everything from the red New Line Cinema logo to the open-ended finale taking place in Russia is under fire, and nothing is sacred. Surprisingly, all it takes is a little over 12 minutes for Jeremy to point out a pretty sizable 120 sins in a film that has just as many minutes in its running time. Though considering this film was released a year after Hollywood thought Batman and Robin was a good idea, we should at least be thankful that this was one of the first films to move away from the neon colored pablum.
We can agree that some of the special effects are extremely 1990's, as well as the fact that Deacon Frost isn't exactly the smartest super-villain ever. In fact, his defiance should have ultimately derailed his overthrow of the vampire high council, seeing as his shoddy methods were only outpaced by his horrible circle of compatriots. Then again, if vampires aren't smart enough to take shooting lessons or learn mob fighting tactics after years of being terrorized by Blade, then maybe they deserved to be cleansed by Frost and the Blood God to begin with. Still, the Cinema Sins bunch aren't completely made of stone, as a sin was retracted from a moment of bad-assed behavior on Blade's behalf.
And yet, five sins weren't deducted for the awesome line that Wesley Snipes delivered in the final battle that caps off Blade's final battle between the titular bad-ass and his nemesis. Yes folks, it's time for the line that made Blade the character we all know and love.
While Blade may be as sinful as any lower tier Marvel film that you've seen, it's still a milestone for comic book movies that allowed both films with an R-rating and a darker, more edgy tone to exist. If Wesley Snipes' 1998 war against vampires didn't succeed at the box office, not only would Blade II never have happened, but Bryan Singer's X-Men movies may have stuck with the yellow spandex and campy attitude. Of course, now that all is said and done, we'll be waiting patiently to see Blade: Trinity get nothing short of a 30 minute cross-examination of the highest regard. Whether that will happen before or after there's an official ruling on the possibility of a Blade 4, we have no idea.
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