Blade II (Cert 18)

By ALEXANDER WALKER, Evening Standard

This sequel to the Marvel Comics hero Daywalker (Wesley Snipes), his side-arm Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) and their cut-and-slash crusade against vampires - all bald, and carnivorous as well as sanguinary - plunders the worst excesses of martial arts, samurai swordsmanship, video games and heavy-metal rap.

It is directed by Guillermo del Toro: by "directed" I simply mean he turned his camerawork over to the computergraphics surgeons who cut, slice, dice and vivisect the material to mount a gross eyeassault of CG sequences, all featuring non-stop slaughter, pain, torture and evisceration that suck any interest in character or plot completely out of the film.

Blade II is booked simultaneously into 13 Londonbased cinemas. Nothing spreads as fast as the pornography of screen violence: considering the sort of audience it aims to attract, it will soon be as unsafe to be inside a cinema as outside.

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