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Blaze 4: Dark of the Night
Image:Blaze 4 Poster.jpg
Directed By Zack Synder
Produced By Michael Bay
Story By Zack Synder

J.J. Abrams

Screenplay By David S. Goyer

J.J. Abrams

Distributed By Paramount Pictures
Studio Legendary Entertainment

Virtual Studios

Release Date December 18th, 2015


Blaze 4: Dark of the Night (sometimes called Blaze 4) is a 2015 superhero-film directed by Zack Synder, produced by Michael Bay, and written by David S. Goyer / J.J. Abrams. It is the third sequel to Blaze: The Dark Beginning. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Will Smith, John Cho, Emily Blunt, and Jackie Earle Haley.

It is considered a "reboot" of the Blaze series, since the film returns to the mature content of the first film, and shows the darker side of Kyle Shepard / Blaze II. It was announced on August 29th, 2014.

Cast

  • Ryan Reynolds as Kyle Shepard / Blaze II, the protector of Union City. He begins to think that it is time for him to quit being "Blaze II".
  • Bradley Cooper as Markus, a vampire who leaves "The Legion" and assists Kyle / Blaze II with stopping Thaddeus from destroying Union City.
  • Ashton Kutcher as Sergeant Simon Reed, Kyle's friend who recently has been promoted in the police department. He has a good knowledge of the criminal underworld and the corruption that occurs.
  • Will Smith as Detective Chris Williams, Simon's former partner and Kyle's other friend. He works in the precinct that Simon is sergeant in.
  • John Cho as Ryu Lee, another one of Kyle's friends who is now CEO of MetaTech. He is working on fixing the reputation of the company (after what happened in Blaze 3).
  • Emily Blunt as Emma Harrison-Shepard, Kyle's loving and beautiful wife.
  • Jackie Earle Haley as Thaddeus, a vampire and founder of "The Legion", an army of blood-sucking vampires. He and his army attack Union City during the night, leaving buildings and other developments in ruins.

Production

During the second week Blaze 3 was in theaters, Ridley Scott announced that Blaze 3 would be the only Blaze film he would direct. Also, Jerry Bruckheimer, a producer since the first film, left the crew, but stated "I'm sure as hell gonna be the first person in line waiting to get tickets for the next Blaze". Sometime during February 2014, Zack Synder expressed interest in directing a reboot of the Blaze series. J.J. Abrams met up with him and said that he would love for Zack to direct a sequel, but not a reboot. After talking for hours, they agreed that perhaps they can return to the dark and graphic content of the first film. Zack and J.J. began to write the story and finished on February 17th, 2014.

Development

Soon after the story was finished, it was green-lit for production. It was decided that Zack would be director, Michael Bay (director of the first two Blaze films) returned as producer, and Zack brought in his good friend David S. Goyer to write the screenplay with J.J. Abrams. Initial development began in March 2014, during which J.J. Abrams announced the film and the crew. The initial development ended on March 3rd, 2015.

Filming

One week after the first movie poster was released, Zack announced that Blaze 4: Dark of the Night would be filmed in 3D like the previous film. Filming concluded on June 2nd, 2015.

Marketing

The official website was completely re-done with new features and previews of Blaze 4. Sony Entertainment made Blaze themed cases for PlayStation 3's. Also, people could purchase Blaze themed apparel for their avatars in PlayStation Home. Once again, Coca-Cola advertised the new Blaze film by putting codes on the bottom of Coke cans that once entered in the Blaze official website would unlock short scenes from the movie (similar to how they advertised Blaze 2).

Plot

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Notes

  • The rating was "R for Bloody Violence Throughout, Stong Language, and Brief Nudity"
  • It received critical-acclaim, and holds a score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and 87/100 on MetaCritic.
  • It has a runtime of 131 minutes (1 hour, 11 minutes).
  • It was released on December 18th, 2015 in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D (in select theaters).
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