The Crow: City of Angels Reviews

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April 28, 2015
Once Lee past,that one very fine performance and film should not have been franchised....you got know when to leave well enough alone.
Super Reviewer
March 8, 2015
I used to own this on VHS as a kid, and It appeared on cable the other night, before watching I googled Vincent Perez.. Wondering who he really was.. MARIUS from Queen of the Damned.. I was really excited to re-watch it, hard to believe it was him. really good job, no where near as good as the first crow, but defiantly more tolerable than the ones that followed.
January 29, 2015
Although it wasn't considered a quality film, since The Crow: City of Angels served as a sequel to the the legendary fantasy action Neo-noir film The Crow and it featured a performance from Thuy Trang, it sounded like it was worth a view.

With a character like The Crow, it's not unfair to say that the role is interchangeable. The character of The Crow in itself is largely a concept which can fit the profile of any vengeful soul against the forces of evil. The story is widely applicable, and so a sequel to The Crow about a different character is a welcome one especially because it doesn't impede upon the univese created by the original film.
There is a lot of confusing internal logic in the narrative. The bare basic elements of the story regarding how Ashe Corven is resurrected makes sense, but everything gets lost towards the end. Although Judah kills the crow and takes his powers by drinking his blood, Ashe Corven remains alive even after falling off a building. As we learned from the preceding film The Crow, if the crow is injured then it's soul becomes mortal. By that logic when it dies, the soul it awakened should too. Ashe Corven does not die, even though the crow does and he falls off a building. If there is some more deep explanation for this all then you can't see it in The Crow: City of Angels. The ending for the film was meant to be much different to fit Tim Pope's vision before Miramax came in and manipulated it so the truth remains a mystery, but in its current form The Crow: City of Angels remains confusing. There are many narrative problems in the film, but most of them come into play because of studio interference. As it is clearly mentioned. The premise of The Crow: City of Angels was intended to be significantly different from the original, but studio interference forced it to be recut to be as similar to its predecessor as possible. This is clear in the way that the narrative from start to finish of The Crow: City of Angels is practically identical to the original with slight differences in the premise. You can tell that there was a lot of potential in The Crow: City of Angels, even if the screenplay has generic dialogue. There are thin characters too, but there was potentially much more depth in the story until it was tampered with by Miramax. Frantically, it is hard to tell the extent of damage that Miramax laid down on the film, but you can tell that the directorial work of Tim Pope dictated that it really could have been a good film. Even with all the damage imposed by studio tampering his directorial work survives as the best asset to the film. Unfortunately, the film itself does not survive as much. The weak and overly familiar narrative in The Crow: City of Angels ensure that the film dies, but there is enough spirit in it to suggest that if it were brought back to life by a good director's cut then it could walk the earth again. But only time will tell, and for the time being viewers are stuck with a conventional, familiar and confusing narrative to tell the story of the legendary fallen hero.
While the screenplay is far from perfect, the general style of the film is good enough to hit the mark with the right viewers. The narrative flaws and involvement from Miramax prevent me from calling it a good film as a whole, but it is entertaining in many parts and as a whole was a worthy viewing experience thanks to the wortk of Tim Pope. Considering that Tim Pope is the popular director of many music videos, it is no surprise that his one feature film feels like a music video extended to feature length. In terms of style, it actually manages to work because the energetic and dank music combined with the dark and detailed production design give the film a truly gothic feeling which is thoroughly atmospheric. The Crow: City of Angels is an intense and energetic film with a perfectly stylish atmosphere, so it looks right and it feels good. The dark lighting of the film casts an interesting colour of shadow over the production which gives it a dark visual palette without making it impossible to see. The experience is occasionally damaged by the inconsistent cinematography which ends up a bit shaky or too close at times, but the majority of the time it effectively captures the look of everything very nicely. While The Crow: City of Angels does not have the most intelligent thoughts behind it, it general style of the film is undeniably creative which makes it hard to dislike.
The cast of The Crow: City of Angels also make a firm effort.
Vincent Perez is a strong casting decision as the titular crow, Ashe Corven. In contrast to Brandon Lee's performance as the first Crow which was soulful and sympathetic, Vincent Perez plays his rendition of the character in a far more sadistic manner. There are moments where the sadism borders on Heath Ledger's Academy Award winning performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight, meaning that his performance is correctly sick and twisted while he remains a fairly badass hero. Vincent Perez honours a character like The Crow with a perfectly sick and twisted performance without defying the likable elements of the character and his ability to put up a strong fight, so the image of him riding his motorbike through the streets sticks with me to this day.
Iggy Pop is also perfect. The legendary musician is too immaculate in the decision to cast him in The Crow: City of Angels because his rockstar nature and relentless energy is an ideal fit for the film. He is sadistic on a much lighter level than Vincent Perez, but his antagonistic nature is excellent. Iggy Pop's darkly glamourous performance in The Crow: City of Angels is awesome, and it encourages the nature of the music video style of the feature really well. It is awsome to see a musical legend like him taking on someone like The Crow.
Thuy Trang is decent as well. She deseved more than she got because the tame nature of her final fight scene is handled a bit too tamely and she gets minimal screen time, but she is still a welcome presence in The Crow: City of Angels. With her silence comes a haunting sense of wonder about her encouraged by the dark stare in her eyes. She brings a sense of darkness to her role simply by the way she stands and the way she stared, compensating for her lack of dialogue. It is a nice contrast to see her as a villain after she immortalized herself as the heroic Yellow Ranger Trini Kwan from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, I just wish the fight scene they gave her matched up to her potential more..

So The Crow: City of Angels has an electric sense of style thanks to the creative production design, grim atmosphere and powerful performances from Vincent Perez and Iggy Pop. Unfortunately, the narrative flaws and tampering from Miramax leaves it unsatisfactory as an experience.
December 20, 2011
Though its story is tired and its characters frightfully unlikeable, "City of Angels" features lush, moody cinematography that rivals the original, backed by unique production design that brings the city's dilapidation and desperation to life.
December 16, 2014
Not recommended.
It's one of those very gothic movies without substance ... too much eyeliner ... very little intelligence and sensitivity.

Besides the crazy Iggy Pop this movie features the participation of another madman (unjustly forgotten):
IAN DURY
½ November 2, 2014
There will be no crow to bring any of us vengeance for this disaster. Terrible script, horrible acting, tired and unbelievable fight scenes make this an insult to its predecessor. This simply shouldn't exist.
September 11, 2014
If there is anyone in the history of time who looks awkward holding a pistol, it is Iggy Pop...even Estelle Getty looked more convincing holding that hand cannon!
½ September 5, 2014
Do you have a phobia of good films!
YES!
Than you came to the right place!
August 29, 2014
pooor sequel to the original that doesn't match the mood or the energy
August 9, 2014
Although Thuy Trang of Power Rangers fame is in this, I am NOT watching trhis trainwreck of a movie.
February 10, 2010
Aside from one death that really bothered me as a crow fan, there are a lot of issues with this movie. Mia is good but the Crow is horrible. He was like a cross between the joker and Frank n Ferter from rocky horror. Just a poor knockoff of the first. The original is one of the best comic based movies ever made. This is not that movie
½ March 4, 2014
After witnessing a killing, Ashe is murdered by an evil drug cartel and brought back to life by a mysterious crow. He exacts revenge on his killers one by one only to realize that his enemy has found the one weakness that can destroy Ashe. The actor who played the crow in this movie was awful and we did they make another one they should have left it alone.
½ July 12, 2007
Excellent and underrated film. People say it is bad because they compare it too much to the first film but this is a story that has nothing to do with the first one. The production design, cinematography and music are first rate. Vincent Perez is excellent as the crow. It would be perfect if we ever get to see the extended version.
½ December 19, 2013
It's obviously not as good as it the original, but it's decent enough. Vincent Perez just doesn't have that brooding attitude that Brandon Lee did. Seeing Thuy Trang post-Power Rangers was nice to see as well.
½ November 7, 2013
Not bad. Seeing Vincent Perez in Queen of the Damned made me give it a second look.
June 22, 2007
The Crow is back by way of a tattoo artist to seek out revenge. However, unlike the first one, this one feels completely forced. The characters were boring, the acting bad, the story just didn't work. It felt incredibly like a straight to video release in its cheapness. I liked the first Crow, but this was terrible.
½ August 12, 2013
Just as incredibly dark and bleak as the original, and entertaining on the whole. While Vincent Perez's Ashe Corvin does not possess the same amount of intense emotional energy as Brandon Lee's Eric Draven, his tragic death and his struggles to adjust to life in the afterlife is heartbreaking is its own way.
July 25, 2013
More a remake than a sequel, City of Angles lacks the energy and the direction of the original while additionally suffering from poor acting and choppy editing.
July 14, 2013
The nightmare landscape has visual interest, but lacks the logic that comes from a coherent script, so it is just weird for the sake of being weird. Vincent Perez is usually a fairly good actor, but here he just flails, literally, through most of the scenes. The story is just a poor imitation of the first, far superior, film, which had real style, not to mention the verve of Brandon Lee. This film is just disappointing.
½ June 23, 2013
Ugly, horrible sequel. Sweet soundtrack though.
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