I watched the third Rush Hour movie again... and it was great! Felt like such a refreshing change of location too, at least in the beginning. The first movie made great use of place in this case, but the second one just kinda skipped back and forth, and location seemed a bit left out. At least exterior locations. Here though, the sights of Paris are clear for all to watch, and there are plenty of other city scenes where you really get to take in the sceneries in addition to the action.
The stunts are good, comedy values are high (Yu and Mi XD), and the seventh tallest person in the world (Sun Mingming) makes a guest appearance too... so that's a fun thing! All in all it's a great movie. Clean, professional and creatively entertaining, with plenty of humorous Jackie/Tucker combos. They seem to be in great shape! Good watch.rated 4/5: fo shizzle
The Blade movie franchise has been on a steady decline since day one. The first received great reviews, second one received worse, and this one worse still. But... I like it! In addition to a convincing set of villains, among them the very legendary Dracula himself (convincingly played by Dominic Purcell), it also has the best credits music of the trilogy, and compared to the second movie the special effects are definitely better.
On the minus side, Whistler dies (yes... again) early on in this movie, and with him what feels like an important part of the atmosphere. A group of Vampire hunters called the Nightstalkers conveniently show up and help Blade in his time of hardship, effectively replacing Whistler. But soon after, most of them are killed off as well. One of the survivors is a girl (Whistler's daughter) and the other seems like an intended comedic sidekick.
I'm really not sure how all of this will play out in a sequel. Too many lose-ends. Too many non-recurring characters and loss of life just to pump up the plot a little, even if they do so efficiently. I wonder why they couldn't keep going on the same trail as the first movie. Whatever happened to Karen - the girl with the potential cure? Too convenient abilities for a sequel? This movie had a good plot overall, just a bit blown out of proportion.
Since #1 it's all getting a bit too messy, and I don't mean messy as in too much blood. When it comes to blood the first had boatloads to what the sequels have buckets, and maybe with that, also an entirely different authenticity about it. Vampires and blood go together like Earth and worms.
Well, setting aside my rant on continuity and unnecessary elements that don't make the movie any better, I did enjoy the fights, the chase, and the comedic values that Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) brings along with him. It's not a bad watch. It's a little better than the second in some areas, a little worse in others, but in itself: as great a flash of vampire action you'll get this year. Great watch.rated 4/5: fo shizzle
Compared to the original, the second one feels a bit too sped up, with too many special effects, and too much trying to seem flashy and 'cool' rather that classy and brutal.
Take the intro for example. It's the kind of intro you'd hear through the mouths of enemies, or a narrator, not Blade himself. He doesn't speak that way about himself, does he? It's part of his amiable action-hero image to not speak much at all. The quiet type. Silent but deadly. And then Whistler's brought back to life just to get killed off again. Though, he isn't really killed in this movie either. More on that in the sequel...
But that's all just the intro. It does get better. It never gets as good as the first, granted, but among other things it definitely had the most beautiful ending of all Blade movies, one I'd mixed up with the first one. It's directed by Guilermo Del Toro, the same guy who directed The Orphanage, and the sentiments tune in similar.
Among notable character appearances there's that guy from Walking Dead (Norman Reedus), and Donnie Yen! I didn't realize he'd made it to Hollywood! There's also that traitor from The Matrix, and that kind-of-bad guy from Fast & Furious, and I didn't notice Luke Goss was there as well before I'd skimmed through the cast! Quite the batch of celebrities.
The story's about a new breed of vampires, a more brutal, heartless and bloodthirsty kind, one that threatens even the vampires - and thus they offer a truce to momentarily team up with Blade and vanquish this new plague. Though as it turns out there's a more elaborate plot brewing in the background.
It reminds me of Underworld a bit, with the family ties between vampires all of a sudden, an interesting but probably unnecessary focus for this particular breed of vampire hunter films.
It wasn't as great as the first, doesn't really have the same atmosphere, nor the same sense of isolation and threat, nor commitment to continuity, nor as fine-tuned choreography and filming... but it holds its own ground nevertheless. Great watch.rated 4/5: fo shizzle
The first Blade was definitely the best Blade! There's blood, there's a working combination of special effects and masks, a dark atmosphere, and villains that make sense. It's personal, violent and bad-ass all at the same time, and it's a movie all by itself. There's sequel potential, but there are no red threads that mysteriously disappear past the credits: it feels like a complete story.
Well, maybe there is one wonder: whatever happened to Karen? Does she survive? Does she cure herself? I don't remember her from any of the sequels... but then again, those are lose ends in the sequels. It all makes sense here, and ends with both promise for the future and potential twists we're left to ponder.
I do remember Whistler dying, but I was sure it was in the sequel too. It shocked me a bit, his leaving so soon. First movie, and so many sacrifices... but that's a part of the atmosphere. It was masterfully narrated; violently choreographed. It's good action with a story, it's got blood, it's got sensuality without sex, it's got vampires that look like vampires look like! Classy, gritty; great vampire hunter flick featuring yall know who (Wesley Snipes).rated 4/5: fo shizzle
It's one more crazy party movie, with a totally misleading cover! A bunch of guys (a band) wake up after the greatest party ever, find a dead guy in the pool, get drunk again to remember what really happened the night before, and then a couple of officers come knocking.
Party humor isn't really my thing. I've never understood this fascination for watching drugged and drunken people throw up all over the place and make fools out of themselves, though fortunately they don't do this all the time. Considering it all takes place at the same house I'm surprised it kept my attention for a full hour too, but I guess in the end the people involved were pretty entertaining to watch. It's not dumb, not bad just... a bit crude and pointless. Decent watch.rated 3/5: not bad