The Crow: Salvation

The Crow: Salvation is a 2000 American supernatural superhero film directed by Bharat Nalluri. Starring Eric Mabius as Alex Corvis and the third installment of The Crow film series, based on the comic book character of the same name by James O'Barr with its plot loosely based on Poppy Z. Brite's The Crow: The Lazarus Heart, the second novel in the series. After its distributor cancelled the intended wide theatrical release due to The Crow: City of Angels' negative critical reception, The Crow: Salvation was released direct-to-video after a limited theatrical run.

The Crow: Salvation
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBharat Nalluri
Produced byEdward R. Pressman
Jeff Most
Written byChip Johannessen
Based onThe Crow
by James O'Barr
Music byMarco Beltrami
CinematographyCarolyn Chen
Edited byHoward E. Smith
Distributed byDimension Films
Release date
  • January 23, 2000 (2000-01-23)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States


In Salt Lake City, Alex Corvis is a death row convict framed for the murder of his girlfriend Lauren Randall. Three years later, he is sentenced to death in the electric chair. When he is asked for his last words, he says he still loves Lauren and that he is innocent; the guards do their job, and the switch is pulled. The generator is struck by lightning during the electrocution, overriding the electricity, and Alex suffers a painful, excruciating death. Soon after the execution, Alex is resurrected by a mystical crow and gifted with supernatural abilities so he can clear his name and avenge Lauren's death. Alex follows the crow to the Salt Lake City police department's evidence room, where he discovers that Lauren was killed by a group of corrupt cops. Alex has a vision of one of the killers, who has a scar on his arm matching one he saw just before his execution. Alex finds the knife that was used on Lauren, and then goes to her grave. There he meets with Lauren's sister Erin, who believes he is guilty. He tells her that he will prove his innocence, and disappears.

Alex finds Tommy Leonard, a witness at the trial who was paid to give perjured testimony about Alex, and forces him to confess that the cops who murdered Lauren were Madden, Martin Toomey, Vincent Erlich, Stan Roberts, and Phillip Dutton and that they had paid him off to lie at the trial.

Alex kills Dutton while the latter is attempting to rape two young girls he had pulled over on a bogus drunk-driving charge, leaving a blood stained pattern of a crow on the roof of Dutton's car. Next, Alex kills Erlich in a car crash, but inadvertently drops the list of names of the cops he's after, and Roberts and Toomey find it. Later, Alex gives Erin the registration from Erlich's car, which was leased from the D.E.R.T. Corporation, which lists Erin's family's home address. She then finds out that her father, Nathan Randall, is in business with the corrupt cops who killed Lauren and that Lauren had uncovered the truth, thus making her father indirectly responsible for her death. Nathan swears he did not intend for Lauren to die, but Erin nevertheless runs from him in horror.

Alex goes to the place where Lauren died and finds Erin there. She blames herself for Lauren's murder, telling Alex that she had told the cops where to go to find Lauren, thinking that they would only arrest Alex. Using the Crow's mystical power, Alex shows Erin how Lauren fought off her attackers before she was murdered and how she should forgive herself. Erin goes home and finds that her father has committed suicide. Later, Alex meets with his lawyer, Peter Walsh, who tells him that Nathan owned a company called Westwind Building, which owns D.E.R.T., now revealed as a front for a drug smuggling operation. Lauren had witnessed Detective Roberts, killing a man at the Key Club; Police Captain John then had Lauren killed.

Madden kills Walsh and John kidnaps Erin. Alex starts a shootout at the Key Club in which he impales Roberts with a pipe he breaks off the ceiling, and kills the remaining police. Madden shows up and tries to kill Alex, but his shot accidentally shoots a broken gas pipe; the explosion kills Toomey. Alex walks out of the fire and sees an arm hanging out of the rubble with the scar on it.

The next day, Alex finds out that the man with the scarred arm faked his death and is still at large. Alex goes to the police station to kill John. However, he is no longer invulnerable, as he "fulfilled his duty" after finding the arm with the scar. John begins to stab Alex repeatedly, and as Alex dies from his wounds, John berates him and tells him that Alex himself is Lauren's murderer. In pain and anguish, Alex comes to believe John's lie, and that doubt leaves Alex dead once more. Madden, John and John's secretary pull Alex into John's secret taxidermy room, where Erin is tied up with her mouth stitched shut and Walsh's body (missing the left arm, which had been used to fake the scarred arm) is hanging from the ceiling. Erin manages to drop Lauren's locket and the crow drops it next to Alex. Representing a promise of love and truth, the locket revives Alex. Alex sets Erin free and kills both Madden and the secretary, and Erin runs out with John in pursuit. John captures Erin and tries to flee with her in his car, but the rejuvenated Alex catches up with them and exposes John's arm, revealing that he is indeed the man with the scar.

Alex and Erin take John to the site of Alex's death, and strap him into the electric chair. Alex explains to John how electrocution is not merciful, but actually a painful method of execution, and John blusters that he will return from the dead like Alex did and kill Erin. Alex covers John's face with the mask while Erin throws the switch, and they watch him writhe in agony as he is electrocuted. In moments, John bursts into flames and dies screaming while Erin and Alex leave his body to cremate on the chair. Outside the prison, Alex disappears to be reunited with Lauren, and Erin puts the necklace that bound him to her on his gravestone.



Critical responseEdit

The film received better reviews than its predecessor. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 22% based on 9 reviews.[1]

Home mediaEdit

On September 9, 2014, Lionsgate re-released the film on DVD.[2] On October 7, 2014, it was released on DVD by Lionsgate in a triple feature edition with the other Crow sequels, The Crow: City of Angels and The Crow: Wicked Prayer.[3]


  1. ^ "The Crow: Salvation". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  2. ^ "Buy THE CROW: SALVATION DVD + DIGITAL from Lionsgate Shop". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Buy THE CROW COLLECTION DVD from Lionsgate Shop". Retrieved 9 September 2017.

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