Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Sofia Shinas
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Screenplay by: David J Schow & John Shirley
Sarah – “A building gets torched.All that is left is ashes.I used to think that was true about everything; families, friends, feelings.But now I know that sometimes if love proves real to people that are meant to be together, nothing can keep them apart.”
Love changes everything, apparently, and even in death the bond between people in love remains as strong.Maybe the afterlife isn’t something you buy into, but it’s fair to say that the love that existed between two people can still mean something even if neither of them are still alive.This love transcends time and the Earthly constraints of mortality imposed on lovers, because it has been cemented in the fabric of existence and for Eric Draven (Lee) in The Crow it was the reason he returned from the dead.Draven and his girlfriend Shelly (Shinas) were the victims of a savage attack from a foul gang, which saw Shelly raped and tortured and both of them murdered.The crime itself was just another one to befall the local area, but on that occasion one of the victims was given the opportunity to avenge his fallen love and walk the city as a supernatural force, shadowed by a deathly crow.
The reason The Crow worked so well was that it took all the pain and anguish of watching something horrific happen to someone so in love and gave that person the chance to make some kind of amends.For Draven it was payback which he very violently dispensed to the gang who claimed his girlfriend’s life and the life they would have shared together.This however was never shown as violence for violence sake, but rather the anger of one person who had nothing left and wanted to bring down the ones who made him suffer to stop others having to experience the same fate.It was also one of the reasons why The Punisher films had never been anywhere near as thought provoking as The Crow, because there was never the sense on screen that Frank Castle was anything more than a vigilante.Yes his family fell victim to a crime, but not one of those three films (see Cut The Crap) managed to convey the same sense of loss.
Draven’s emotions were not just those produced by the acting talents of the late Brandon Lee, but those reflected through the crime ravaged city he inhabited.The rain drenched streets which continued to soak the night like tears unable to cease their flow, reflected the haunted visions of a man remembering what was and what could have been of a life he once knew.This was a person in so much pain that even in death he couldn’t rest and instead appeared as a ghostly figure of his former self, hollow except for his mission and what he had experienced.Although sequels followed on from The Crow, none of them could match what was in essence a film which told so much about the raw emotion and heartache of love and why it was so important in life, and in death.
CROW'S NEST: *The Crow was based upon a comic by James O’Barr.
*The film was notorious for being the last acting role for Brandon Lee who died in a shooting accident whilst filming.A few scenes that needed to be filmed after his death were completed using a body double and computer effects.
*The scene where Draven walked straight into a room during a meeting with Top Dollar felt quite similar to the one in which The Joker walked into a meeting of mob bosses in The Dark Knight (2008). Don't think so? Check it out!