Jun 26, 2019
Canopy functions as a good way for Wilson to establish himself as a talented director and craftsman, but there's very little to go on other than his technical skills.
Oct 26, 2018
Though filmmakers had difficulty obtaining permits to shoot in the rainforest, it's impossible to think of it occurring elsewhere. Every element of this film is intricately combined to effectively draw the audience into their world.
Oct 12, 2017
The opposite of overreaching, the approach is refreshingly single-minded and a showcase for the director's craft...
Jun 27, 2016
Canopy's an exercise in mankind's implicit ability to trust, share, and protect as strength.
May 24, 2016
Canopy violates nearly every war movie convention, yet it better represents the realities of combat than most of its forerunners.
Sep 15, 2014
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.
Sep 11, 2014
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.
Sep 1, 2014
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.
Aug 30, 2014
Canopy is a work of minimal, expressionistic storytelling whose unconventional dramatic beats inject fresh blood in a tired genre.
Aug 28, 2014
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.
Aug 28, 2014
This is a film that eschews epic battle scenes and carnage to delve into the quieter, no less terrifying, moments of waiting and watching.
Aug 28, 2014
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."
Aug 27, 2014
Much like his fly-boyflyboy underdog in the opening sequence, Wilson simply can't stick the landing.
Aug 27, 2014
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.
Aug 13, 2014
"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.
May 2, 2014
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.
May 2, 2014
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.
May 2, 2014
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.
Apr 30, 2014
Canopy succeeds on its own modest, limited terms.
Apr 23, 2014
Khan Chittenden and Mo Yzu-Yi are effective enough within the limitations placed on their characters