My memory escapes me… it seems like I saw The Crow sometime around 95/96, but I just can’t be sure. Annnyway, I recently saw this was available on Netflix and gave it a spin. Of course, anyone between the age of 13 and 30 during the grunge glory days of 1994 will remember the tragic death of star Brandon Lee during filming due to a fluke accident involving a handgun and an inexperienced crew, which only adds to the mystique and legend of this memorable film.
Brandon Lee stars as Eric Draven, an aspiring guitarist in a local rock band who is brutally murdered along with his girlfriend on Devil’s Night, a.k.a. October 30th by a ruthless gang of thugs, led by T-Bird (David Patrick Kelly). One year later, a crow taps on Eric’s grave and he climbs out of his casket, hell bent on exacting revenge on the murderers – after he finds a proper “kill suit” of course. One by one, Eric dispatches the thugs with extreme prejudice as he discovers that he is in fact immortal and impervious to bodily harm. As a local policeman (Ernie Hudson) catches on to this seemingly impossible phenomenon, Eric’s trail of destruction leads him to the local crime boss (Michael Wincott) as he searches for justice and closure to his tragedy.
The Crow is truly an embodiment of the Generation X hey-day mixing gothic style and the angst of grunge with an accessible and swift moving plot. Brandon Lee is such a dominant force throughout the film and channels charisma and energy amongst a grim and horrific tragedy. Aside from a wonderful leading character, the dark cityscape created in this film is grandiose in scope and quite comparable to the Batman films of Tim Burton. Backed by a soundtrack of 90’s staple bands (Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, nuff said?) The Crow is an undisputed time capsule from the summer of 1994 and a true testament to the potential of Brandon Lee.
A solid 4 stars out of 5