Blade is in his own right, a superhero. He is a half vampire half human who is hell bent on protecting the mortal race against the ever growing out of control vampire race.
What makes superhero’s interesting for an audience is the depth that they can have. From the opening scene we see his pregnant mother die from childbirth after being bit herself back in the late 60’s. But Blade’s stubborn, he survives and grows up knowing only two things, he aches for blood, and he is determined to kill as many vampires as possible for what they did to him and his mother.
This story isn’t a lone wolf mission however, he is accompanied by Whistler (Kristofferson) who also lost his family to a vampire. They claim that their relationship is purely business, in Blade’s words, ‘Whistler makes the guns, I use ‘em’, but underneath that metal barricade of emotion is love for one an other, an understanding, and understanding that couldn’t be shared by anyone else.
After a bloody fight, to say the least, in a slaughterhouse, Blades journey is lead to a hospital where he must finish off a vampire who got away, but ends up saving a doctor with a bite wound. Her specialism just so happens to be in blood, handy ay? The Doc, (by the name of Karen) accompanies Blade on his missions as she’s only safe with him, and ends up turning into his sidekick.
Blade for me is a classic for it’s excellent mixture of action and horror, it’s hard to get it right for the audience to develop an urge to see it, but Blade has, and more, it’s protagonist is someone we care for as he fights his urge.
Blades arch villain is Deacon Frost, a half-blood (human that got turned) who is determined on raining upon the human race a vampire apocalypse. Deacon doesn’t know who he’s messed with, his constant disbelief of Blades determination and skill of killing throughout the film seems strained towards the end.
David S. Goyer, writer of Blade, once claimed in an interview that he felt the first time he got writing ‘right’ was in Blade, and I couldn’t agree more. The direction in this film is fantastic, setting the perfect mood with it’s lighting and cinematography really taking us into the dark abyss of the vampire world.
Blade was essentially made as a cool film for wide audiences to watch as an even cooler badass superhero killed a shit load of vampires. But Blade is more than that, Blade is a character that an audience can really side with and try to understand with his many inner conflicts that he fights as much as his combat battles with the vampires.