Directed by David S Goyer, starring Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Parker Posey, Dominic Purcell and Kris Kristofferson.

As one reviewer brilliantly put it, there are now two kinds of Jackie Chan films: those that co-star Owen Wilson or Chris Tucker and those that don't. Similarly, Wesley Snipes' career can now be divided into the box office-munching 'Blade' movies and the straight-to-video stuff he makes in between. No matter what roles Snipes takes in the future, he will always be remembered as Blade, but this film doesn't add much to that legacy.

Still waging his war against the vampires, Blade (Snipes) has also managed to become public enemy number one, thanks to some rather adept use of the black arts (ie PR) by his enemies. With sidekick Whistler (Kristofferson) his only ally, it seems Blade's days are numbered - especially when he kills one of the vampires' human minions and leads the FBI back to his hideout. But help is at hand from Hannibal King (Reynolds) and Whistler's daughter Abigail (Biel), part of a new network of vampire killers who need the old pro's help. It seems the vampires have found Dracula (Purcell) and have woken him up for the next stage of their world domination plan. The question is: what is it? And how long have Blade & Co got to stop them?

Writer-turned-director Goyer did a great job with the scripts for the first two 'Blade' films, but while '...Trinity' is far from lifeless, it does feel soulless - stylish and slick, but a rehash of the earlier movies. There are only so many roundhouse kicks or exploding vampires you can watch before it all gets a little too familiar, and with no further depth being added to Blade's character (why not a romance with Abigail?), this feels like a story that has stalled rather than expanded. The charisma Snipes served up in the first two films is strangely muted here, so it's left to Reynolds' wisecracking Hannibal and Biel's bow and arrow-brandishing Abigail to compensate. They do - so much so that you'd rather watch them than the titular hero.

More depth, less death should've been this film's motto. Instead it does everything you'd expect, but very little that you'd really hope for.

Harry Guerin