Blade: Trinity

  • Review Date: April 25, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

Common Sense Media says

For series fans only. Definitely NOT for kids!
  • Review Date: April 25, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 106 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive role models

Strong black hero, strong female and disabled characters.


Explicit and graphic peril and violence, child in peril.


Explicit sexual references including references to incest and sex toys.


Frequent profanity, strong and explicit language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

People are drugged.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an extremely violent action movie, which often veers into carnage usually reserved for the horror genre. Characters are shot, sliced, dismembered, burnt, tortured, and bled. There's a scene in which a blind woman is hunted down and killed within ear shot of her daughter. There are scenes of kidnapped humans in drug-induced comas being bled to feed the vampires. Frequent profanity is played for humor in this movie and sexual references are extremely explicit, including incest and sex toys.

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Kids say

What's the story?

In the third chapter in the ongoing tale of a human-vampire hybrid out to kill all vampires, Blade (Wesley Snipes) is framed by the vampires and their newly resurrected leader, Drake (Dominic Purcell). An FBI agent (James Remar) is now out to catch Blade, so the hybrid hero and his partner, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), find new allies in the Nightstalkers, a group of humans dedicated to ridding the world of the bloodsucking undead.

Is it any good?


TRINITY is not a good movie, instead it is a solid "Blade" movie -- meaning, if you are not already a fan, don't bother. Snipes no longer plays Blade for humor, as he did in the first Blade. Indeed, the role has lost character, humor, and emotions over the length of the trilogy. With the loss of Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), the dry, rough banter of old is replaced by the snarky, self-effacing irony of Hannibal (Ryan Reynolds).

For the vampires, Parker Posey adds humor by unleashing her inner bad-girl with unapologetic, over-the-top glee as the brains behind Dracula's return. Good old Dracula aka Drake (Dominic Purcell) is no longer an effete aristocrat, but is re-imagined as a bare-chested heart-throb. Purcell struggles in a script that calls for non-stop action, where "talking" scenes are sluggish and necessary only as a bridge to the next fight scene. Like the attractive but forgettable Jessica Biel as Abigail Whistler, Purcell's acting has the sensitivity of a lead-pipe and makes one grateful for Snipes' two-dimensional Blade. The fight scenes are plentiful, the characters familiar, and the end predictable. For Blade fans, Trinity is decent popcorn fare. For non-fans, there is nothing here that can withstand the light of day.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the concept of honor that Drake discusses with Blade, about which character -- if any -- acts in an honorable way, and whether the concept here is used as justification for acting monstrously. Nietzche's much-used warning to "battle not with monsters, lest you become one" is the leitmotif of Blade's existence. What separates Blade from the vampires? Why does the audience revel in someone who seeks to solve all his problems with violence?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 8, 2004
DVD release date:April 26, 2005
Cast:Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Wesley Snipes
Director:David S. Goyer
Studio:New Line
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong pervasive violence and language, and some sexual content

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Teen, 17 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


Same old blade film with better effects and more killing. Dont bother
Adult Written byAlaricsMommy April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Great for the Trilogy

Yes, as an avid fan of the first two, I eagerly anticipated the finale and was not disappointed. I agree that you would probably need to already be a fan of the films to really enjoy this movie, but I think all in all if you like horror films or vampires in general then you would enjoy it. I found it humorous at times and enjoyed how the violence was portrayed. For an avid horror movie fan, like me, this movie was an enjoyable experience. I think Wesley Snipes is great no matter what role he plays and this time he brought a darkness to Blade that was not brought out in the first films. It was marvelously directed and the special effects were incredible. The gore scenes were not as bloody as many other movies out, so that was not even an issue at least for me. If you are a horror film fan, this one would be good for a movie night.
Kid, 11 years old May 23, 2010

Honestly , suitable for 15+ (not including me !)

I was allowed to get this Blade , because (believe it or not) , it was a 15+ . But it wern't what i thought , and it did swear and was bloody and stuff . But for my age i did quite well sitting down , watching this ... with fear of whats going to happen though ! But to be honest , i didn't "actually" sit down and watch it the first time , cause i was scared of what was going to pop-up in the train station . But i handled it , and to be honest it was good , but with typical "all the time swearing" (that kinda got boring) . Iv'e watched it about 3 or 4 times though .
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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