The Crow 2 : City of Angels title

Tag line : In a world where forces of darkness rule, justice is about to take flight.

The CrowThe Crow had been a major box office success for the studios, who duly called for a sequel. But how to continue the story without the lead actor (Brandon Lee of course having died during the production of the first film)? So, taking a line from the comic books, they decided to do a film about another person who is wrongfully killed, that gets resurrected by a black crow to avenge his death.

Set several years after the original, the young girl who Eric Draven befriended in the first film Sarah (played here by Mia Kershner) is now a teenager and working as a tattooist. When she witnesses another mysterious black crow resurrect a young man, Ashe Corvin (Vincent Perez - Queen of the Damned), who was brutally murdered, along with his son, by drug dealers. She informs him of the crow's supernatural powers and how he can go about getting revenge on those who murdered his family.

Soon afterwards, the local drug lord (played by a pre-"Law & Order" Richard Brooks) finds that many of his lackey's, which includes Thomas Jane (The Punisher) and Punk rocker Iggy Pop, are meeting an exceptionally violent end and his drug dealing business is going down the pan.

Essentially retreading the previous story, the gothic atmosphere that permeated the original is sadly absent here. Instead the city seems to resemble more of a dystopia, or some sort of post-apocalyptic scenario, devoid of law enforcement, which doesn't work as well. Indeed,  it failed to emote the success of the original, being critically panned and proving to be only a minor success at the box office.

However, it is an entertaining enough follow up and certainly worth a watch, but its nowhere near as good as the original. Was also very surprised to see musician Ian Drury and rock band The Deftones appearing in this.

Overall Marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Believe in the power of another". "It's another time. It's another world. And another has been chosen".

  • The name Corvin comes from the Latin name Corvinus which derives from the Latin word corvus meaning raven, although the word today refers to the birds' genus including ravens and crows among others

  • Vincent Perez's character was written as a mechanic as a nod to the original Eric Draven, who was a mechanic in the original Crow comics.

  • Iggy Pop had previously been offered a role as one of the gang members in the original film.

  • The film's budget was $13,000,000.

  • Singer Tori Amos was originally offered the role of Sarah, but turned it down as she disliked the character.

  • Vincent Perez based his portrayal of Ashe on Jim Morrison.

  • Director Tim Pope and Writer David S Goyer had originally made the film to look substantially different to the original, out of respect for Brandon Lee. But the studios insisted on major re-edits to make it look more like the first. As a result, the 2 have disowned the film.

  • The original version of the script had 2 of the crime bosses from the previous movie resurrected to fight Ashe, but this was dropped during rewrites.

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