Because of his tragic death on the set of The Crow, we'll never know if Brandon Lee would have turned one successful film into a popular series. But one look at this tepid sequel suggests that not even the charismatic Lee ... more »could have rescued The Crow movies from the burden of a lackluster screenplay. Based on the popular comic books by James O'Barr, this sequel finds Vincent Pérez as a man named Ashe, who is murdered along with his young son by a gang of drug-running thugs under the employ of slimy kingpin Judah Earl (Richard Brooks). Ashe is resurrected with the help of a tattoo artist named Sarah (Mia Kirschner), whereupon he begins a campaign of revenge against his killers. More a rehash than a sequel, the film repeats the grungy, dark look of urban decay from The Crow, but its combination of violence, heavy-handed symbolism, and tacky sentiment make this a film strictly for nihilistic teens. Then again, no movie in which veteran punkster Iggy Pop plays a sleazeball can be considered a total loss. --Jeff Shannon« less
"People fail to realize that Brandon Lee's character Eric Draven is not the crow but another person that is given the crow's powers. There have been many crow's before him and there will be many after. I think that this movie was great, it had a new look and feel to it that fit the story good. Its sad that Brando lost his life during the making of the first but why let a good franchise die with him. The Crow isnt a super hero that fights crime and saves the world. For a short period of time a perosn is given the powers of the crow to get revenge and once they get revenge they give up the powers and die. So what would be the point of having Brandon Lee play the Crow again if he fulfilled his mission in the first movie.I hear they are making the 4th movie in the series titled The Crow: Wicked Prayer. I hope this one is as good as the first 2. The 3rd one was decent but not as good as the first 2."
Disgrace of a Memory
Cknight | 10/03/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This film is straight up horrid. By creating this film, the memory of Brandon Lee, as well as the reason for writing The Crow in the first place, have both been utterly tarnished. The storyline follows that of the first film - a man is killed horribly along with a loved one, and returns from the dead to exact his revenge. I couldn't even bring myself to pay to see this one. I waited until the local library had it and borrowed it for free. Kids, heed my warning and take the advice of one who has seen this trash...avoid this film no matter whatever else you do in life! Let Brandon Lee retain some dignity, and stay away from this one."
Disgrace to Brandon Lee
Ace | Houston, Tx | 08/11/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a complete insult to Brandon Lee who starred and died in the making of The Crow. The main character is a wimp. He is scrawny and not very intimidating. This movie is a complete insult to the original and should not even be associated with The Crow. Do not buy it! Do not even bother watching it!"
Cogs | 07/11/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Maybe if they had slapped another name on this very obviously B flick I could have watched it. But, having the name The Crow on it, I expected the same quality as the original. It was not there! It was a dark drama, but the story just never clicked. It just seemed to be a quick rip off hoping to bank on the cult following established by The Crow with Brandon Lee. I would recommend renting this to see if you can sit through it before wasting the money to buy it."
Come on people really...It's a crow story.
Johnston Owl | Waterbury, CT | 10/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The terrible mistake most viewers make when watching a Crow movie or a reading another Crow Novel or Comic is that they compare the "Crow" in question to the previous Crow or Crows. You have to understand that this character isn't "Eric" (Crow from the first film), This isn't Motor City Detroit, This is The City Of Angels and the main characters name is Ashe this is his life, his perspective. Its not supposed to be like the first Crow they are two different people and two different stories, thats all they are just stories, they are not sequels or prequels just installments. If you could see everyones life before your eyes would they look the same? No they wouldn't. Why? Because were all different. All the folks who gave this movie bad reviews did so because they are standing to close to a big picture, step back and see the big picture. The world and the ways of the Crow aren't so narrow that they would stay limited to the confines and brooding post-gothic nature of the first film.
Most of the people giving reviews probably don't even know that James O' Barr wrote the first Crow after losing the love of his life to a drunk driver, so all that pain, frustration, and hatred went into those pages and script. You can't create pain like that you have to know it. This is why the first Crow has an unfair advantage against all the new Crow movies, you can't turn water into wine, these directors had to work it in the best way they could.
By giving such harsh critique to these movies you may alter someones judgement and cause them to miss out on a really good film. Crow:City Of Angels was a good movie and a good Crow story. I myself loved the first film the most, I even remember the trailers that played "Big Empty" By Stone Temple Pilots which I still listen to today. But please don't drag this second installments name through the mud.