Classic Scene: “Victims…Aren’t We All”

“Victims aren’t we all”

The Crow

directed by: Alex Proyas


The Scene: Having just been resurrected from the dead for the purpose of revenge on those who took everything from him, Eric Draven sets his sights on the knife wielding Tin Tin. Naturally it takes some time adjusting to his new supernatural abilities and the thug gets a few cheap shots on the undead musician. But under the watchful eye of the crow who returned him to life, Draven finally gets the upper hand on Tin Tin, taking one of his knives and giving him a final the final proverb of “Victims aren’t we all”. We do not see what is done to the murderous criminal but later when we hear the authorities discussing it we know it was brutal and violent.

The Deconstruction: In an age where comic book films are churned out at a rapid pace we tend to forget that the template of these modern films did not always exist. The Crow was a product of an era when filmmakers were left to their own devices in bringing the pages of comics to life. When Alex Proyas adapted James O’Barr’s acclaimed indie comic he did so in spectacular fashion, immersing the audience in a bleak rain drenched, blood soaked urban wasteland where a lone antihero roamed the streets relentless in his quest. Until this scene, the audience has been piecing together the narrative via conversations amongst characters and sepia soaked flashbacks awaiting the inevitable, and it is in this scene that hell finally breaks lose and Eric Draven claims his first victim. Unlike like the more polished action sequences modern audiences expect from comic films, the battle between these two is visceral and brutal. The tumultuous emotions the audience has kept bottled up until this point are finally released as the first of Draven’s victims goes down.

Best Moment: When Eric Draven gets his second wind during the fight and takes to Tin Tin taunting him with his trademark black humor before finishing the job.