Picks and Pans Review: Blade
Blade, a silly, pumped-up techno-thriller in which Snipes spends 24-7 slaying vampires, is full of helpful tips on how best to battle what the movie calls nocturnus humanis. Give vampires a whiff of garlic and you send 'em into anabolic shock. Flashing a cross is pish-posh, but silver stakes are worth their cost in gold. To blow a vampire away forever, fill hollow-point bullets with garlic and aim for heads and hearts. Who says movies can't be educational?
If you have no pressing need to eliminate the undead, there's little else to be gained by seeing Blade, which is based on a Marvel Comics superhero. As the title character, Snipes, decked out in leather, shades and a scowl, does some nifty martial arts work, but he's not really stretching his acting muscles. Dorff, all attitude and messy hair, snarls through his role as a megalomaniacal vampire ("Tonight, mankind comes to an end!"). (R)
Bottom Line: Lots of action and special effects, but toothless