A young rock guitarist, Eric Draven, played by Brandon Lee and his fiancÃÂ© are brutally killed by a gang of criminals. One year after the murders, Eric Draven returns from the grave to seek out his attackers. His task is to avenge his death and his bride to be. He must take out each of the four killers. Helping him along the way is a crow, which is the thing that carries the souls from the land of the living to the land of the dead. In the end, the gang of criminals meets what they have coming to them one by one from a man back from the dead.
The movie starts out with a child's voice narrating the introduction. "People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul cant rest.
And a crow can bring that soul back to make the wrong things right." This begins to emphasize the film on its level of darkness.
Throughout the movie there is dark lighting which expands more on the mood of the movie. The crow is a very dark movie about revenge, and a man's love for his fiancÃÂ©. The camera work helps the lighting out more than anything with Eric Draven being able to see whatever the crow can see. All of the colors in the film have been bled out until all that is seen is a shiny black with only a few flashes of white. The black and white clown makeup on Lee's face has several meanings. It has a personal meaning to the main character, and it has the protector point of view. The streets are all kept very dark to enhance the dramatic mood of the film. Also the soundtrack of the film shows how deep the movie is with artists like "The Cure."
Thankfully Brandon Lee's death occurred towards the end of movie so the world would not be deprived of this excellent film.