Exactly one year after young rock guitarist Eric Draven (Brandon Lee, son of martial arts icon Bruce Lee) and his fiancée are brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals, Draven — watched over by a hypnotic crow — returns from the grave to exact revenge. Based on a graphic novel of the same name, this Gothic action thriller features Lee’s last performance before his untimely death. Ernie Hudson and Ling Bai co-star.
Yep, that seems to be all there was to it. I mean, like, literally. Was this movie better in ’94? A guy and his fiancee are killed horribly by a group of horrible people in the style of Mad Max and any other movie with senseless people perpetrating senseless violence. After the guy, Eric, comes back from the grave, he starts killing the people who took part. Eric’s already dead, so he can’t be killed again. He gets shot or stabbed, he just heals right back up. And he either doesn’t feel pain or doesn’t care about it. So…there doesn’t seem to be any risk for the protagonist.
And he doesn’t have any problem tracking down the people he’s after. It’s just scene after scene of him killing people without obstacle. I don’t object to that, they had it coming. But what was the point of me sitting through it?
If there was character arc for any of the characters in the movie, I totally missed it. There seemed to be some kind of thread in which a slightly deeper motivation for the original attack was revealed, but…it didn’t actually matter in anything.
There’s a cop who has a big role, but I’m not sure what it is. He doesn’t seem necessary except to be someone who could anchor the story as a narrator. He does have a part to play in storing something that helps Eric defeat the ultimate bad dude, but he doesn’t really learn anything meaningful either and his storyline is mostly one you could cut and not change what happens much–because nothing happens but killing.
And I still can’t figure out how that took 100 minutes.
There were ideas that I liked in it; I liked the settings and costuming. The soundtrack. But it wasn’t enough to support a movie that really didn’t have much of a story.
So…did the awesome of The Crow just fly right over my head?