Writer: Chip Johannessen (Screenplay) James O’Barr (Comic Book Characters)
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Eric Mabius, Fred Ward, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, William Atherton, K.C. Clyde, Debbie Fan
Plot: Alex Corvis returns to the world of the living to solve the murder of a young woman that he was wrongly accused of.
Verdict: Getting Back on Tracks
Story: The Crow Salvation starts with the Randall’s Erin (Dunst) & Nathan (Atherton) who are going to witness the execution of Alex Corvis (Mabius) the man found guilty of killing their sister and daughter Lauren (O’Keefe). Alex continues to confirm he is innocent and knows the man who killed her but the state has decided.
When Alex wakes following his execution he is greeted by the crows who lead him out of the prison and on the path to discovering who really killed his girlfriend. Alex goes up against corrupt cops while trying to convince Erin that he wasn’t the man responsible for her sister’s death.
The Crow Salvation tries to bring the franchise back in the right to where it should be, and while it improves on what the last one gave us and was brave enough to change its style by making the villains cops instead of gangsters works well. I like the building of this crow too because it shows the built up rage of our character to get revenge for what ha happened. I will saw say the tracking down does feel like we have seen before to start with and does end up leaving us wondering why the innocent characters get killed along the way. (6/10)
Kirsten Dunst: Erin Randall is the sister of the murdered girl Lauren, she believes Alex did commit the crime but once he returns she listens to his story. Kirsten gives a solid performance but ends up falling into the damsel in distress. (6/10)
Eric Mabius: Alex Corvis/The Crow is the young man executed for a crime he didn’t commit, he returns from the dead to find out the truth and kill all of the people responsible for his girlfriend’s death. Eric gives a solid performance in the leading role but doesn’t reach the level that Lee did. (6/10)
Fred Ward: The Captain is the leader of the corrupt cops who were involved in Lauren’s death, he sends his men out not caring if they don’t come back alive. Fred makes for a solid villain but doesn’t reach the menacing level previous villains have. (6/10)
William Atherton: Nathan Randall had a deal with The Captain to commit a couple of crimes, but when his daughter is killed he ends the relationship and has to live with his part in her death forever. William steps away from his usual villainous roles to give a solid supporting performance. (6/10)
Support Cast: The Crow Salvation has a supporting cast that includes the generic villains being picked off one by one and the trademark of the series a lady guiding the villains.
Director Review: Bharat Nalluri – Bharat does a solid job bringing us a revenge film that doesn’t hold back on the punches. (6/10)
Action: The Crow Salvation has action sequences that all feel very similar with plenty of bullets being fired at Alex. (7/10)
Fantasy: The Crow Salvation doesn’t enter into the world of the legend behind the Crow as much as previous films holding the films fantasy level back. (6/10)
Settings: The Crow Salvation loses the dark tone of a town bring the action into a much realer world. (7/10)
Special Effects: The Crow Salvation has solid effects the explosion do end up looking slightly iffy though. (6/10)
Suggestion: The Crow Salvation is one for the fans of the franchise to watch, if you liked the first to you will like otherwise this isn’t going to be for you. (Franchise Fans Watch)
Best Part: Alex versus all the police in the warehouse.
Worst Part: Innocent cops killed off.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: Has one more.
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $10 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
Tagline: For Vengeance, For Justice, For Love.
Overall: Better than the sequel still not to the standard of the original.