Canopy (2014)



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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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Mo Tzuyi
as Seng
Robert Menzies
as Older Jim
Yoshi Yamamoto
as Japanese Soldier
Ryoichi Uchikoshi
as Japanese Voice
Masaki Sato
as Japanese Voice
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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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
New York Times
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This is a film that eschews epic battle scenes and carnage to delve into the quieter, no less terrifying, moments of waiting and watching.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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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."

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
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Much like his fly-boyflyboy underdog in the opening sequence, Wilson simply can't stick the landing.

Full Review… | August 27, 2014
Village Voice
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Canopy's an exercise in mankind's implicit ability to trust, share, and protect as strength.

Full Review… | June 27, 2016
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A good effort. It's a great story idea that just isn't quite satisfyingly realized despite some very good scenes and moments. The cinematography is often obviously gorgeous but nearly as often horribly compromised by digital cinema presentation that can't adequately reproduce the range of colors and, even more frustratingly, struggles with fog drifting through the dark jungle. Which it does a lot. And which often looks terrible, with a blobs of dark and light shifting about rather than the wafting haze of fog. Very distracting as a persistent reminder that we're watching a video rather than a film. It has the potential, though, to be beautiful. If I ever have the opportunity to see a film print of this movie, I'd jump at the chance.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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