Crow:City of Angels/C-,B
The sequel to the very successful The Crow is a dark and unimaginative copy of the
original without the life force that drove the first production. A straight forward, messy, revenge
actioner, set in the darkest possible locales, this film is a boring series of violent
confrontations. Guess what, all the bad guys die.
Vincent Perez plays Ashe, risen from the dead, in a leaden,
one-dimensional performance. Not that you can blame him since there's little for him to do but
glare and the scenes are dark enough to mask any notion of emotion that the actor may have mustered
for this role. Mia Kershner, after her interesting work in Adam Egoyan's Erotica, goes
mainstream with lame results.
If you're satisfied with senseless action accompanied by a loud and banal
soundtrack, maybe you can derive some pleasure from The Crow: City of Angels. I kept
waiting for something interesting to happen and was disappointed at virtually every turn.
Bloody peep show. ©Miramax
The unrelenting darkness of
this DVD is transferred with good results, though it proves a challenge to consistently deliver
detailed images. Blacks are slightly crushed in the overall palette and darker details are not
always clear enough. The Dolby Digital sound is dynamic with plenty of crush. You'll feel it every
time Ashe throws someone through a window or a wall.
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