The Crow (1994)
Critic Consensus: Filled with style and dark, lurid energy, The Crow is an action-packed visual feast that also has a soul in the performance of the late Brandon Lee.
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Critic Reviews for The Crow
Alex Proyas's pulp revenge fantasy, based on a comic-book saga by James O'Barr, is dark, moody, and seductively overwrought; it's an amazingly pure expression of morbid adolescent romanticism.
It's a pleasure to welcome The Crow -- a bird of a very different feather.
The Crow, starring the late Brandon Lee, is like one long fright night. Even though it was photographed in color, the edge-of-darkness atmosphere descends on the audience like a shroud.
What's scary about The Crow is the story and the style itself: American Gothic, Poe-haunted nightmare, translated to the age of cyberpunk science fiction, revenge movies and outlaw rock 'n' roll, all set in a hideously decaying, crime-ridden urban hell.
Audience Reviews for The Crow
A stylish, abnormally dark and dreary tale of a rock musician (the late Brandon Lee) who comes to life exactly a year after the death of he and his fiance in order to enact revenge on those that were responsible. What could have just been another forgettable, B-grade exploitation flick is enhanced by stunning visual flairs, as well as a rare passionate lead performance. It really is a shame Lee died before he got to see the final cut of this film, since he is simply sensational for every minute of its running time. Of course, it goes over-the-top throughout and its nihilistic, dystopian society that the original comic book painted starts to wear on one after a while, but these flaws are minor. If anything, see it for Lee's spirited performance, as well as some fantastic action scenes and some eye-popping visuals.
A dark, eerie, ominous feel from Alex Proyas, but a classic masterful performance by the late Brandon Lee. A cliche plot is covered by the star's excellence and dazzle-filled dialogue and execution. The Crow is a cult-film that continues to fascinate audience's to this day. 4/5
The Crow Quotes
|Eric Draven:||Is that gasoline I smell?|
|Gideon:||And you can choke on them you son of a bitch!|
|Skank:||[frantic upon seeing Eric's picture] That's him! That's him! But he looked different. He was all painted up white like some sort of dead whore! I've seen him! T-Bird, he sent me in some road beers, right? Then he took him away. But, I chased him down. And he flash fried T-bird to his fucking car! [puts his flask to the sky] Aww, T-Bird here's to you buddy! [drinks his flask] "Fire it up! Fire it up! Fire it up!"|
|Top Dollar:||[amused by Skank's behavior] Maybe we oughta just video tape this; play it back in slow motion.|
|Shelly:||I love you.|
|Eric Draven:||Say that again.|