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Catch the explosive hit that thrilled movie-goers and critics everywhere! Brandon Lee (Rapid Fire) plays Eric Draven, a young rock guitarist who, along with his fiancee, is brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals. Exactly one year after his death, Eric returns-watched over by a hypnotic crow, to seek revenge, battling the evil crime lord and his band of thugs, who must answer for their crimes.
The Crow set the standard for dark and violent comic-book movies (like Spawn or director Alex Proyas's superior follow-up, Dark City), but it will forever be remembered as the film during which star Brandon Lee (son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee) was accidentally killed on the set by a loaded gun. The filmmakers were able to digitally sample what they'd captured of Lee's performance and piece together enough footage to make the film releasable. Indeed, it is probably more fascinating for that post-production story than for the tale on the screen. The Crow is appropriately cloaked in ominous expressionistic shadows, oozing urban dread and occult menace from every dank, concrete crack, but it really adds up to a simple and perfunctory tale of ritual revenge. Guided by a portentous crow (standing in for Poe's raven), Lee plays a deceased rock musician who returns from the grave to systematically torture and kill the outlandishly violent gang of hoodlums who murdered him and his fiancée the year before. The film is worth watching for its compelling visuals and genuinely nightmarish, otherworldly ambience. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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This is the ultimate movie about vengeance from beyond the grave, good versus evil, wrongs made right, and the power of love conquering all. That last line may sound straight out of a chick flick, but this movie is anything but. Eric Draven is one of the most emotionally deep characters of all time. He drives through the plot with such power and momentum, never letting the adrenaline slow. If you want to see a true artist performing a true work of art, watch Brandon Lee in The Crow. Any artist can recognize the beauty of Brandon Lee's work here. Just like his father, Brandon Lee has mastered the artless art.
In addition to Brandon Lee's amazing mastery of Eric Draven, Michael Wincott is incredible as Top Dollar, the villainous leader of the gang infamous for beginning the tradition of Devil's Night. Rochelle Davis's performance as Sarah was superb, despite the fact that "The Crow" is the only movie she's ever been in.
The Crow is also full of memorable scenes, and quotes. "It can't rain all the time.Read more ›
It is a tale of man's two most powerful and ultimately destructive elements, the capacity for love and the need for revenge. The film is brilliant in its gothic, edgy portrait of a man searching for closure, yet striving to retain his humanity. Ultimately, the timeless conflict between the mind and the flesh.
It was directed by Alex Proyas, who is a relatively new director, yet the most promising in years. His eye for detail is complemented by his ability to meld grungy visuals with blistering action, and somehow create a curious beauty which shows in all of his pictures.
As a final note, the remarkable actor Brandon Lee, son of Bruce, died while finishing this film. Having lost a friend and companion, Proyas did not want to finish the movie. He did so only at the urging of Lee's family, and dedicated it to him.
I am not overstating this movie's sheer brilliance and quality when I tell you that it single-handedly convinced me that a film could be a work of art. With all the hype and no substance coming out of Hollywood, these films are rare and truly gold mines.
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Arrived before due date and still in cellphane as well. HappyPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I put down I hated it because I had to send it back, would not play.Published 10 months ago by Carol Larson