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.

Parents say

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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Parent of a 12 year old Written bychristiandominica March 2, 2015


What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byBunnyNostrils April 7, 2014

Not That Great Acting In Last Movie Of The Series

Violence: 8/10 Language: 7/10 Sex: 6/10 Disturbing: 5/10 Some intense violence with blood
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byundertakernumber1fan April 17, 2011


there is a lot of fighting hand to hand and weapons in this movie, . Its mostly vampires turning to ash when there killed. they do show some blood associated with biting necks, one where they are in a vault were there is several bodies and a part where they in a blood farming facility There is some coarse language in it as there is with anything rated R. if you like fast paced action with a lot of fight scenes this is a real thrill ride. I DO concur with one thing the reviewer said. this isnt for younger viewers anyone under 16 this will be to intense for.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing


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