Saturday, 16 March 2013

The Crow Challenge Day Three: Salvation(ish)

Day Three of the challenge by my friend Peter to watch all The Crow movies. After yesterday's torture of The Crow II: City of Angels, I was timid sticking on 2000's The Crow: Salvation, especially since this is the first direct-to-video sequel. Just how bad can it get?

Thankfully, the answer is not as bad as City of Angels.

Salvation isn't a great film by any stretch, but as direct-to-video go, it is a far sight better than the recent SyFy Originals, and a far better, or at least less derivative, film than its predecessor. That's not to say it's got a massive amount going for it, what with it dispatching with a lot of the supernatural elements of the series (The Crow seems to prefer using doors in this film. Unusual for any 'hero'), and going with a bit of a stale plot of corrupt police covering their tracks, with The Crow returning to get vengeance on being their fall guy.

Shockingly, the film stars quite a few names, like Eric Mabius of Ugly Betty and the Resident Evil films as The Crow, Kirsten Dunst, Fred Ward and William Atherton ('dickless' from Ghostbusters). Oddly, these familiar faces took me out of the film somewhat, but that's only because I was ready for a continuation of the unmitigated disaster that was City of Angels (I cannot stress how lame that film was). They all deliver great performances, raising the film above how bad it actually is and making it watchable. There are also some nice ideas set in motion, notably the sewing of Kirsten Dunst's mouth.

It's not a fetish, I swear.

Unfortunately, the film is boring and predictable, and suffers from its low budget, replacing supernatural Crow powers with kung-foo chops, and tries to hark back to the other films with its rock soundtrack, but comes out feeling like a poor mans score (even with a bit of Rob Zombie there).

All in all, it's a step up in the series, but still a far cry from the first installment of the goth avenger.

Join me back here tomorrow for the final installment in the series (and final film in the challenge); The Crow: Wicked Prayer. Can we end on a high note?

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