The Canyon (2009)



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A newly married couple finds their dream honeymoon turned into a survivalist nightmare in the indie thriller The Canyon. After eloping to Las Vegas, newlyweds Nick (Eion Bailey) and Lori (Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski) decide to take a mule tour of the Grand Canyon. But the pleasure trip turns deadly when the pair's untrustworthy guide, Henry (Will Patton), gets them lost in the Arizona desert, leading to their desperate fight for survival in the unforgiving wilderness.

Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Allrich
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 17, 2009
Magnolia Pictures

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Critic Reviews for The Canyon

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

If well-meaning people didn't make stupid choices -- and if cellphones worked everywhere -- way fewer vacation-from-hell thrillers would probably be made.

Full Review… | December 7, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Canyon is undermined by the expectation of a big payoff that never comes.

October 30, 2009
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The best thing about this would-be nature thriller is Will Patton's zesty performance as a cackling, crazed muleskinner, a wily old hand who exits far too soon. There's nothing much to replace him, so we're in for a long 102 minutes.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Hint to newlyweds: Don't honeymoon in a primeval wilderness populated by diamondback rattlesnakes, aggressive wolves and alcoholic wilderness guides.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The Canyon is so singularly inept it gives you a whole new appreciation for the ept.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The Canyon could be named for the gaping expanse between its preposterously silly dialogue and sturdy, at times urgent direction.

Full Review… | October 23, 2009
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Canyon

I have no idea where the 10million dollar budget went, but this cautionary tale of yuppies getting lost in the grand canyon is well done, but nothing revolutionary. The final act is probably the strongest, which is rare.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

I have never heard of this movie, but wow was it good! It has a really shocking ending, too, which really makes or breaks a movie for me. I definitely recommend this.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Little known film that in many ways was better than 127 Hours.Honeymooners(Yvonne Strahovski of "Chuck" fame, & Eion Bailey) go off the beaten track with an eccentric Guide (Will Patton) in the grand Canyon & when the guide dies of a snake bite, they are lost with no experience, Mules gone, & a Wolves Stalking them.No one knows they are missing, & then just when it can't get any worse, a bad fall traps Nick(the Hubby)'s ankle & Lori(Wifey) is forced by no other choice, to cut off her husbands limb, while fending off being attacked by a Wolf Pack.At one point I yelled, "Oh My God" .This one was very good, & I suspect brought Yvonne Strahovski to the attention of the TV Producers of "Chuck".Great Story of Love and Courage against all odds.OMG the Ending, OMG, I didn't expect that !!!!!!!!!!! WOW, Bravo

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