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5.0 out of 5 stars
Simply amazing. The finest epitath possible!, 20 Oct. 2002
Having heard so much about the Crow online I was eager to sample this slice of movie-making genius. Initially apprehensive as the intro sequence progressed I was soon engrossed in the tragic tale of Eric Draven, Shellley Webster and the former's revenge on the thugs who murdered he and his girlfriend on Devil's Night - the day before their wedding. Directed with panache by Alex Proyas, the first half hour is a tour de force of rage and emotional destruction as Eric is ressurected and re-lives the horror of realising his beloved girlfriend was raped and murdered. The fantastic sequence where he falls about his derelict apartment while flashbacks of the slaying punctuate his agonised actions sent a shiver down my spine, aided in no small amount by the classic soundtrack.The next hour progresses from Eric's crazed power-trip as he realises his awesome powers, to his renewed sadness at glimpsing Officer Albrecht ( Ernie Hudson's )memories of Sheeley's slow death in hospital to his cold, clinical execution of T-Bird and Skank and the final adrenaline fuelled, desperate battle with Top Dollar on the church roof as the storm rages behind them. Superb. The emotional range is heart-breaking, the action stylish and spectaculer and the character of Eric, played with confidence by the late Brandon Lee, is a piece of great art in itself for his portrayal of the vengeful spectre. And even after the initial wow factor of this amazing action flick its deeper emotional residue will remain far later.Its message an ironic epitath to Lee and his fiance Eliza's own tragedy. "Buildings burn, people die. But true love is forever..." The best!