The Crow (1994)
Punk-rocker Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée Shelly are beaten, raped and murdered by a gang of druggies on Devil’s Night (October 30). Through means of a single crow, Eric returns to the land of the living 1 year after his death to seek revenge on the men who are responsible. Because his spirit resides inside the Crow, he is invincible and virtually unstoppable.
In this gothic masterpiece based on the graphic novel by the same name, The Crow is the movie that has gone down in infamy as the last stand of Brandon Lee. Just like his father, Bruce Lee, Brandon’s death was shrouded in mystery regarding a bullet that was left in a prop gun and fired into him during filming. It is said that the actual footage was destroyed after the investigation into the death and new scenes were filmed using body doubles with Lee’s face inserted by computers. If you want to read more about the accident, click here. As for the movie, The Crow is an unusual superhero movie that is one bad-ass thrill ride. It is dark and sinister with a revenge that is bittersweet but will satisfy. The Crow might have only achieved “cult” status due to Lee’s death, but as a movie, it is worth the watch and entertains. Co-starring Michael Wincott, Ernie Hudson, Anna Levine, Laurence Mason, Michael Massee, Jon Polito, and Bai Ling.
8/10 Stars – Guns, drugs and goth… the Crow is exciting yet depressing due to its tragedy.
The Crow is a very dark movie. It isn’t one you sit down looking to feel uplifted, inspired etc. But then again with a story entirely based on the concept of revenge you would expect to be dark and dirty. The bright spot in the whole thing is Rochelle Davis who plays a little girl, the innocent so to speak in the whole mess of crime, corruption and drugs. I can’t say I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy The Crow, I found it interesting. And wasn’t quite sure what to make of it all. What I can say is kids shouldn’t take this movie as a lesson, thats for sure!
7/10 Stars – Be prepared for crazy and I do mean crazy blood shed.
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