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A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante's invincibility. Written by
Against popular belief, the Skull Cowboy plot thread was let go from production before Brandon Lee passed away and a new cut of the film was needed for its completion. Everyone on set had thought the costume and look of the character clashed with the rest of the film, and so all of his scenes were cut. But before any of the older scenes that the Skull Cowboy thread influenced could be replaced, Brandon did pass away. This is why the completed movies explanation of Eric's powers seem disjointed, with a scene of the crow companion being shot, while not being killed, somehow only affecting Eric's healing powers, but not his mind transferring powers. In their full context, the partially edited scenes explained the permissions of the fundamental powers of the main character in a different light. Instead of Eric's powers being dependent on the health of his companion crow, his powers would have only been granted to him as long as he focused on seeking revenge against his immediate killers. Presumably, the Skull Cowboy was someone who was in a similar position to Eric's at some point in time who did not stick to only seeking revenge, and was damned to walk the Earth for all of eternity when he failed (whether failing to obtain revenge or failing to return to his grave after obtaining said revenge is unknown). This would have explained Eric's vulnerabilities in the final church fight, as his killers were already disposed of and he was taking up action for something not related to his murder. See more »
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People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.
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"Suddenly I heard a tapping, as of someone gently rapping...at my chamber door"
THE CROW, like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY separates those who see from those who do not! (who CANNOT). Alex Proyas will never achieve anything close to this masterpiece again and if Brandon Lee HAD to die, then there could never have been a better time and place (do not misinterpret my words or meaning here). Personally, I shall for ever be indebted to him for what he has left...a performance in a film that challenges, implores, conjures, paints. A surreal landscape of good and evil in almost equal proportions.
I am no Goth, have never read the original comic strip, nor do I wish to. I simply regret watching the unspeakably pathetic and inappropriate sequels...do not make the same mistake!
For all its grotesque violence, seediness and Gothic degeneracy, THE CROW is a pure love story, so pure, that even immersed within the blackest of adult fairy-tales its power cannot be dampened or lessened. Eric Draven's spiritual pursuit of those who murdered his beautiful girlfriend is less of a revenge story and more a reminder that karma balances out in the end.
Perhaps the best performance, other than that of the crow itself, is from Michael Wincott, a very underrated actor, as the incarnately evil gang leader. It is the role of a lifetime for him.
If I were in a position that I could see only two films again for the rest of my life, they would be 2001 and THE CROW. At no stage would I ever subsequently be able to say that I had seen EVERYTHING that either had to offer.
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