Wartime, 1942. Singapore. An Australian fighter pilot shot down in combat awakens suspended in the treetops. As night devours day, he must navigate through a dangerous jungle in search of sanctuary. Transcending language and culture, CANOPY is a cinematic tour de force exploring the collision of war, nature and its impact on humanity. Aaron Wilson's thrilling, breathtaking film marks the debut of an exciting new voice in Australian cinema.
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Critic Reviews for Canopy
In many ways, Canopy is closer to a fairy tale than a war film, its soldier like a hero on a perilous, mystical journey through a primordial forest, with a sort of pre-linguistic logic guiding the action.
A brave experiment in stripped-down, visceral filmmaking, writer-director Aaron Wilson's World War II drama "Canopy" is ultimately upended by its minimalist conceit.
Canopy is a movie rich of its own world, an 80-minute work of filmmaking that rises above mere war or survival films and becomes something unique.
Canopy is a work of minimal, expressionistic storytelling whose unconventional dramatic beats inject fresh blood in a tired genre.
While not much is said in the Australian director Aaron Wilson's small-scale first feature, "Canopy," the film conveys volumes about war and humanity.
This is a film that eschews epic battle scenes and carnage to delve into the quieter, no less terrifying, moments of waiting and watching.
To the suddenly white-hot adventure subgenre of one or two souls alone against nature... add the more modestly scaled but no less absorbing wartime survival adventure "Canopy."
Much like his fly-boyflyboy underdog in the opening sequence, Wilson simply can't stick the landing.
A humble hybrid between The Thin Red Line and Gravity, Canopy embraces the challenge of making a low-budget World War II film, distilling Australia's involvement in the Pacific Theater into the plight of one unfortunate paratrooper.
"Canopy" begins in stillness, ends in muteness, and in between seldom a word will be uttered. . . . All in all, the screenplay offers up two perfect roles for actors with poor memory recall.
Writer/director Aaron Wilson has done many genuinely impressive things here with his largely wordless film. Through deft editing, very good cinematography and some superb sound design he creates a real sense of tension.
Canopy doesn't fully convey the horror and the isolation these men must have experienced. It's a conceptually bold film but not a fully achieved one.
The plot is so perfunctory it's hard to gauge the intended meanings when the hero crosses paths with a Chinese counterpart (Mo Tzu-Yi), the only other significant character.
Khan Chittenden and Mo Yzu-Yi are effective enough within the limitations placed on their characters
A concept film with strong similarities to ALL IS LOST (the recent lone sailor film starring Robert Redford), this low budget debut feature from Australian director Aaron Wilson is all lush jungle and eerie sound design.
Although Canopy is far from the worst Australian film ever made, there will be few that will be as tedious.
Writer/director Aaron Wilson tries to show with cinematic flourish how human nature can respond under stress - by a generosity of spirit and humanity
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