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BLAZ3
Image:Blaze3 Poster.jpg
The First Official Poster
Directed By Ridley Scott
Produced By Jerry Bruckheimer

J.J. Abrams

Story By Scott Rosenberg

Ridley Scott

J.J. Abrams

Screenplay By J.J. Abrams
Distributed By Paramount Pictures
Studio Bad Robot Productions
Release Date November 15th, 2013


Blaze 3 (also known as Blaze 3-D, sometimes stylized as BLAZ3) is a 2013 superhero film directed by Ridley Scott, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer / J.J. Abrams, and written by J.J. Abrams. It is a sequel to Blaze: The Dark Beginning and Blaze 2. It stars Ryan Reynolds, William Dafoe, Ashton Kutcher, John Cho, Emily Blunt, Robert De Niro, Will Smith, and Jon Hamm.

This is the first film in the "Blaze" series to be in 3-D. It was officially announced on September 18, 2012.

Cast

  • Ryan Reynolds as Kyle Shepard / Blaze II, the protector of the metropolis known as Union City.
  • William Dafoe as Vincenzo Nitti, don of the Nitti Crime Family, a powerful Italian Mafia in Union City. He finds a way to revive the dead using steam-power.
  • Ashton Kutcher as Detective Simon Reed, Kyle's friend and police detective who often supplies Kyle with information crime occurring in Union City.
  • John Cho as Ryu Lee, also Kyle's friend and the manager of MetaTech, the company that secretly supplies the steam-power to Vincenzo. Ryu is unaware of this happening.
  • Emily Blunt as Emma Harrison-Shepard, Kyle's beautiful wife and motivator.
  • Robert De Niro as Aldo Gambodi Jr, an old foe of Kyle and rival of Vincenzo's crime family. He assists Kyle with taking Vincenzo down.
  • Will Smith as Detective Chris Williams, Simon's partner and Kyle's new friend. He also supplies Kyle with information about criminals and gangs.
  • Jon Hamm as Robert Lloyd, the CEO of MetaTech who is secretly selling Vincenzo steam-power for his undead mobsters.

Production

Two months after Blaze 2 was released, Michael Bay stated that he would not direct any more Blaze films, due to him wanting to film Bad Boys III. In May 2012, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer met up and thought about the future of Blaze. Jerry simply decided to put out a call for any directors interested in directing the next Blaze film. Ridley Scott, who was a fan of the series, was interested and said he would be willing to direct it. J.J. and Jerry decided and chose Ridley as director.

Development

Scott Rosenberg was hired to write the story with Ridley Scott and J.J. Abrams. They began writing the story on June 2, 2012. They finished two and a half weeks later. Everyone liked the story, and the film was green lit for production. Ridley was director, J.J. would co-produce the film with Jerry Bruckheimer, and J.J. would also be the screenwriter. During initial development (which began in July 2012), Ridley Scott revealed Blaze 3 and that he would direct it. The initial development ended on May 11, 2013.

Filming

After the first poster was revealed, J.J. announced that Blaze 3 would be the first film in the series to be filmed in 3-D. Filming lasted till July 2, 2013.

Marketing

The official website was updated to show previews and pictures of Blaze 3. Coca-Cola once again advertised the new Blaze film. This time, you can enter what was called the "Exclusive Blaze 3 Screening (in 3-D)". Thirteen people would be chosen, and they would be able to see an early screening of Blaze 3 in 3-D, along with free popcorn and Coca-Cola. DC Universe published a seven-part comic titled Blaze: Mayhem, a story that tells about Blaze II fighting a villain simply called Mayhem. It takes place six months after Blaze 3.

Video Game

Blaze 3: The Game is a PSN (PlayStation Network) exclusive title that is developed by Ubisoft RedLynx and published by Ubisoft (Ubisoft also published the previous game, Blaze: Redemption). The game has an isometric format in an open world. Unlike the previous Blaze game, which had a multi-console release, this game was only released on PlayStation Store for $16.99. It received positive reviews, getting 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and 78/100 on MetaCritic.

Plot

Synopsis

Kyle Shepard (Ryan Reynolds), the man who is secretly Blaze II, is starting to embrace being the protector of Union City. He has a beautiful wife, Emma Harrison-Shepard (Emily Blunt), who is also his motivator. He also has two best friends, Simon Reed (Ashton Kutcher), a detective for Union City Police Department, and Ryu Lee (John Cho), the manager of the well-known organization called MetaTech, along with a new friend, Chris Williams (Will Smith), the partner of Simon. Overall, he enjoys his life. Meanwhile, a powerful mobster, Vincezo Nitti (William Dafoe), don of the Nitti Crime Family (an Italian Mafia) and a small enemy of Blaze II, finds a way of reviving the dead using steam-power (giving the film a steampunk-style story) by testing it on a recently killed man. Once he finds out this can actually work, he begins to raise dead soldiers and associates of his and other crime families and use them for himself. The man selling him all this steam is the CEO of MetaTech, Robert Lloyd (Jon Hamm). No one in the company, even Ryu, is aware that Robert is the one behind Vincenzo's success. Blaze II begins to stop attacks made by the undead mafiosos and Vincenzo at all cost, and will get to the bottom of this madness.

Ending

Vincenzo's undead steam-power has begun to destroy parts of Union City day by day. It soon becomes apparent that some with big power in MetaTech is selling Vincenzo the steam-power. Kyle asks Ryu to secretly investegate who. Two days after, Ryu overhears Robert and some other man talking with each other. He stops to listen, then hears Robert talk about the steam-power and selling it to the man, who is then revealed as Vincenzo. Ryu tries to sneak away, but he bumps into a table. Vincenzo then begins to fire his gun, along with his bodyguards who begin to chase Ryu. Ryu manages to out-run them for a bit, before he is found in the lobby floor. Blaze II then bursts in and defeats all the bodyguards. Ryu then tells Blaze II about the partnership between Robert and Vincenzo. They run back up to his office, but he has already left. Robert then disappears for a bit. Also, Blaze II makes an alliance with Aldo Gambodi Jr. (Robert De Niro), a former foe (from the first film) and a rival mobster of Vincenzo. While Aldo attacks the high-ranking members (capos, underboss, etc.) and everyone who is not the walking dead, Blaze II stops all the attacks made by the steam-powered soldiers. Finally, the only high-ranking member in the Nitti Crime Family is Vincenzo. Blaze II plans to storm into Vincenzo's enormous compound / mansion along with Aldo and Aldo's men to finally stop Vincenzo (along with his bodyguards and the steam-powered soldiers there), then get rid of the remaining undead steam-powered soldiers. There is a huge firefight, and when Aldo begins to tell Blaze II to get Vincenzo, he is shot in the chest three times by Vincenzo. Blaze II chases after him, and finally catches up to Vincenzo. They have a huge fight, in which Vincenzo uses all his fancy weaponry, and Blaze II uses his fire powers. Vincenzo begins to say how if he dies, his soldiers or someone else would resurrect him like he did with his men. Blaze II launches a fire ball at him, intending to knock him down so he would be unconscious. However, since they were fighting in Vincenzo's "lab", he falls into a furnace, where he burns alive. Once Blaze II goes to the aftermath of the firefight, all of Vincenzo's men were killed, while only two of Aldo's men were killed, and seven wounded. Aldo is unconscious, and right before Blaze II begins to rush him to the hospital, the police and ambulance already arrive. Aldo is taken to the hospital, where doctors say he may recover. When Kyle / Blaze II arrives back home, he still knows he has to worry about Robert. However, the next day, Kyle meets up with Simon, Chris, and Ryu. Simon says that he and Chris found Robert hiding in an abandoned subway that's in Union City. The four friends raise there glasses of beer, where the movie ends and goes to credits.

Notes

  • The rating was "PG-13 for Intense Sequences of Violence and Action, Language, and Brief Sexual Content".
  • It is the highest rated Blaze film; it received 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 89/100 on MetaCritic.
  • It is 134 minutes long.
  • It was released on November 15, 2013.
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