|Directed by||David S. Goyer|
|Written by||David S. Goyer|
by Marv Wolfman
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Box office||$128.9 million|
Blade: Trinity (also known as Blade III or Blade III: Trinity) is a 2004 American superhero film written, produced and directed by David S. Goyer, who also wrote the screenplays to Blade and Blade II. It stars Wesley Snipes, who also produced, in the title role based on the Marvel Comics character Blade alongside Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Biel, Kris Kristofferson, Dominic Purcell, Parker Posey and Triple H.
It is the third film in the Blade film series. The film grossed over $128 million at the U.S. box office on a budget of $65 million. On Rotten Tomatoes, Blade: Trinity has a 25% approval rating and a critical consensus that it “seems content to emphasize style over substance and rehash familiar themes”, although the review in Rotten Tomatoes, the film received generally mixed reviews, praising Wesley Snipes and the cast performances and its action sequences but found its villain and storyline poor. It was followed by 2006’s Blade: The Series.
Vampires investigate an ancient tomb in the Syrian Desert, which they believe belongs to Dracula, the first vampire. To keep Blade from interfering, they frame him for the murder of a human familiar. FBI agents subsequently locate Blade’s hideout and kill his mentor and friend, Abraham Whistler. Demoralized, Blade surrenders and is arrested.
The vampires’ familiars have arranged for the authorities to turn Blade over to them. He is rescued by Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler, Abraham’s daughter, who invite Blade to join their band of vampire hunters, the Nightstalkers. From them, Blade learns that Danica Talos, an old enemy of King’s, has revived Dracula, or “Drake”, with the goal of using his powers to cure vampires of their weaknesses. As the first of the vampires, Drake’s DNA is untainted and he is able to survive in sunlight. The Nightstalkers have created an experimental bioweapon known as Daystar, capable of killing vampires at the genetic level. However, they need a purer blood source to make it effective. As Drake is too powerful to kill via normal means, they hope that the virus will kill him and, with his blood in the mix, ensure the rest of the species is wiped out
Eager to test Blade, Drake isolates him from the Nightstalkers, as he considers them unworthy of challenging him. He explains that all humans and vampires are inferior in his eyes and that he intends to wipe them from the Earth. Abigail finds evidence of Drake’s true plan: a network of farms where humans are drained of their blood for vampire consumption. Told the humans are all brain dead, Blade deactivates the farm’s life support systems.
Returning to the Nightstalkers’s hideout, they find all of them dead except for King and Sommerfield’s daughter Zoe, who have been taken captive. A recording left by Sommerfield, Daystar’s creator, reveals that Drake’s blood is needed to render it effective. King is tortured by the vampires for information, but refuses to talk, even when they threaten to feed him Zoe’s blood.
Blade and Abigail arrive and free the captives. Drake eventually bests Blade in single combat and prepares to kill him with his own sword. Abigail fires the Daystar arrow but Drake catches it before it strikes him. He drops it to the floor by Blade. At the last second, Blade stabs him with it, triggering a chemical reaction that kills Danica and the rest of her followers. As Drake slowly succumbs to his wounds, he praises Blade for fighting honorably, but warns him that he will eventually succumb to his need for blood, thus creating a new type of vampire.