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The Crow: City of Angels

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dull fantasy revenge sequel; violence, sex, language, drugs.

Movie R 1996 84 minutes
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The Crow has a strong look, cool theme, and an iconic grunge soundtrack. The sequel, The Crow: City of Angels, rushed to try to replicate it, which resulted in a slapdash movie that makes very little sense. The supernatural story is fine. It's the character's actions and decisions that are the problem. It's no surprise to discover director Tim Pope is a music video veteran. Music videos entertain for three minutes with a strong look and a quick hook. This film follows the same formula, stringing together set pieces but never gelling to make a functional movie.

In fairness to Pope, he, along with writer David S. Goyer, disowned the film after interference from producer Harvey Weinstein. What's left is a baffling slog of a movie about a man coming back from the dead to avenge the murder of him and his son. It's a story that never takes flight, while the constant "cawing" of an actual crow in nearly every scene only adds to the irritating experience.

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