Friday, March 12, 2010

The Crow: City of Angels (1996, Tim Pope)

The Crow, as stated in my review, was a very dark film that had a great mix of action, violence and all around coolness.  It was well received when it was released and a sequel, despite the tragic death of Brandon Lee, was inevitable.  Well here is that sequel.  Pretty much regarded as a let down, The Crow: City of Angels gives Tim Pope, best known by me as directing some of The Cure's best music videos, a shot at a feature film.  And what could be more suitable for The Cure's music video director then a Crow sequel?

City of Angels revives the legendary Crow, which brings those who died innocently back to life to get revenge on their killers.  This time, Ashe Corven (Vincent Perez) and his son are killed by a psychotic gang and he is brought back to life to kill them.  He finds out that they are led by a voodoo practicing killer named Judah (Richard Brooks).  Before he gets to Judah though, The Crow must get past his gang including the maniacal Curve (Iggy Pop) and sex crazed Nemo (Thomas Jane).  Sarah (Mia Kirshner), who was friends with the first Crow, is now a tattoo artist with her partner Noah (late punk legend Ian Dury) and is one of the only people who can help Ashe.

I was really surprised by this film and how enjoyable it was.  Pretty much regarded as a crappy sequel/cash in, I think the film took the formula of the first film and made a very good follow up.  I'll admit that having a French actor play the Crow was a little strange at first, but Perez did a decent job in the end.  The supporting cast is perhaps what I like the most about the film.  The scene with Thomas Jane in the sex booth was great (I actually didn't even recognize him until the end credits) and every scene with the inimitable Iggy Pop was fantastic.  He plays such a great psycho that it hardly looks like he's acting (assuming he was).  Tim Pope proves that he has what it takes to turn his darkly stylish formula for music videos into a full length film.  Really, why does everyone hate this film?

RATING:  7/10

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