crow wicked prayerDimension Films
2005
R

“Killing is easy. Forgiving is hard.”

Jimmy is the black sheep of the Southwest Native American reservation town, and is in love with the local Sheriff’s sister and preacher’s daughter Lily, who just happens to also be the town’s shaman. Things go from tough to really, really bad when Jimmy’s old friends blow into town to raise some Hell…literally. And now Jimmy and Lily are killed in a ritual, only Jimmy has now raised from the dead by the power of the Crow to be the next undead vigilante to right the wrongs…

After the big disappointment that was the second sequel of the Crow series (Salvation), it was with some trepidation that I rented the newest straight-to-DVD addition to the franchise. It may shock some people (Gryp especially) to say that I enjoyed this movie, and it actually breathed something new into the stale series.

First off, a hero is defined by his rouge’s, and here the villains are more than two-dimensional evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil types. David “Angel” Boreonaz rivals that of Top Dollar from the first film as the villain who has much fun with his evil-ness, yet has a method to his madness. Every single one of the baddies here have fleshed-out back stories that lends credence to their motives. Meaning, they’re conflicted individuals that you feel a little bit of remorse for. As for the hero himself, I was quite surprised at Edward Furlong’s performance. He played the part of a tortured soul trying to get redemption for his past sins well…and that was before he became the Crow. As far as being the titular antihero, Eddie-poo brought the brooding back big-time, without having to ape some quazi-goth posturing beyond the makeup and outfit. Okay, once he did quote Poe, but it was more in a manic “Quoth the raven, nevermore, motherf#@!er!”, so I forgive him that long overused trespass. The setting was quite refreshing, with the desert Southwest instead of the typical dreary urban landscape. The Native American take on this was also a plus, with the film style feeling like a peyote trip.

Alas, there were a few things that didn’t do it for me here. The biggest goof being the usually great Dennis Hopper as an Ebonics-spouting, fur coat wearing Satanist priest named…El Nino. Not to mention an unneeded Macy Gray as his henchman. That, and the way-over-the-top last half hour of the movie almost made a mockery of the otherwise cool script. And just to bitch, we could have done without using mere stock footage for the “crow in flight” sequences. It didn’t match…

Last half hour aside, those thinking of passing this up because of either the stars or just because it went straight to DVD, don’t miss out on this fine effort. The low budget makes this Crow seem more grounded…

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