What could have been a silly glorification of violence is a classic slick surrealistic view of revenge after death in the hands of Director Alex Proyas and Art Director Simon Murton.
The first 15 minutes drives at the audience with a series of images of The Crow, Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), the gothic comic book image of a city, the violent death of Draven and his fiancee, and the evil murderers.
The Crow leads the Dark Avenging Angel (Lee) to his revenge by flying over the city and spotting the prey. It is The Crow that holds the power to return to life and avenge the evil deeds perpetuated at death. Director Proyas is masterful with camera angles and close-ups of The Crow's eyes and face. His view of the city form above, below and through mystic windows is remarkable. GThe creativity is this production is outstanding. Proyas even paints the symbol of The Crow on the pavement in fire as one of the murderers meets justice at the hands of the arisen Lee.
The story is told effectively in voice overs by Rochelle Davis who plays a young girl named Sarah. The atmosphere is set by the violent killers and the Hell Night which has haunted Detroit on the night before Halloween. Even with the depressing violent story, it is so unreal that the uplifting words from the girl ring true at the end.