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The Crow

October 16, 2008

“People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.”

It might seem strange to review this movie, especially since I have not yet written anything about James O’Barr’s graphic novel. But when I rewatched the movie this week, I knew I had to write something about it. I also put the graphic novel on my reading list, so when I have reread it, I will tell you all about it.

After reporting an eviction notice to the authorities, Shelly Webster and her fiancé Eric Draven are attacked and killed by a gang of criminals in their apartment on October 30, called Devil’s Night. One year later Eric is resurrected by a crow, to avenge his and his girlfriend’s deaths. While killing off his murderers’ one by one, he learns that a bigger conspiracy is at work and that his work will not be done until he has freed the city from the clutches of Top Dollar and his crazy half-sisters.

Even though the story sounds like a typical vengeance tale, it is quite different. Brandon Lee, who is playing Eric Draven, died while filming The Crow, when a prop gun accidentally fired off a bullet that had been lodged in the barrel. This makes the tragic story of the movie even more depressing. On the other hand there is the beautiful love theme underlining the act of revenge. It is almost impossible to describe the feeling you have at the end of the movie. The Crow satisfies both action fans and chick flick lovers and will probably be one of my favorite movies forever. The movie is sad and extremely awesome at the same time and I can only say: see it now, if you haven’t already!

“If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.”

The Crow at the Internet Movie Database
The Crow at Rotten Tomatoes

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