Treed Murray (Get Down) Reviews
Treed Murray has a really great concept - An upper class advertising executive is chased by a gang of teenage thugs (after they try to mug him and he fights back) through a park, finally finding refuge in a tree he climbs to escape being beaten to death. All the action takes place in and around the tree, while he fights off his attackers. Sounds fascinating, doesn't it? While the very premise creates suspense, the director fails in trying to make the thugs and the exec equally sympathetic. While we learn that the exec is a drug user and has cheated on his wife with prostitutes, it does not condone the actions of the thugs, who are clearly the aggressors. Sure, they're smart and are loyal to one another, but they most certainly are the villains. But the film continually tries to make us feel otherwise. David Hewlett is one of my favorite Canadian actors, but perhaps he was too charismatic for this role, if he was to be seen as equally flawed. Or, perhaps, his flaws should have been presented more at the beginning of the film. I just sympathized with his character too much to feel sorry for the thugs. Political correctness bogged down this film, as is the case with most Canadian flicks. But, for all it's problems, some of the acting is terrific and the editing and cinematography is top notch. I think William Phillips (the director) will make much better films in the future. He's definitely talented - he's just trying too hard to please the overly political Canadian film scene. A mildly good film, but far from great.
Indeed friends-all of you who have declared to not be interested in this film (95% of my friends list)-I just watched it for the 2nd time. It's a good movie with some great dialogue and pretty good acting by the guy in the tree. Forgive me-David Hewlett is the treed guy's name.
ANYWAY this is an interesting and thought provoking film-that deals with issues of survival/good vs evil/human indifference and cruelty. There are some terrific mindgames/manipulations as Murray tries to get down from the tree without being murdered by the aforementioned young hoodloms.
Give it a chance-it's Canadian eh!!
stuck on a tree with 5 ppl who tried to whack u
simple yet classical
Yet we still get the overrated pretentious Indy fests, from Atom Egoyan, which seem to be trying hard to be an Indy movie getting an oscar, moreso than it should just be a DAMN movie!!
Enter Treed Murray. I'm guessing the budget was mainly paid for the permit to use the park, and maybe David Hewlett's suit. Some found this move to be pretentious. I found out to be the most intriguing hard to turn away movie I've seen in quite some time at that point.
Hewlett plays Murray, just your run of the mill ad executive, who his stalked in the park by a gang of hoodlums who want his wallet. Murray however looks down at them, and even hits one of them, so they chase him up a tree, and utter threats that if he comes down, they'll kill him. He tries to shout for help, but the gang members cleverly thwart that.
And now we have our movie. And what else can I say? Hewlett spends the movie, trying to get out of this situation anyway he can. Picking apart the gang members one by one and there personalities. And while Murray is no saint himself, we feel as if this gang is merely doing this, because they have nothing else they want to do, and the message it sends to me, is that, gangs need to get there man, in order to boust about there credibility.
The gang leader is named Shark, played marvellously by Cle Bennett, and his lackies include a drug addicted woman, an overcompensating psycho, a follower, and a troubled kid who's family situation has grown worse.
The characters are all intriguing, and Hewlett is nothing short of awesome here, and this is the movie that "Teaching Mrs. Tingle" tried to be.
See, Murray may not be the greatest guy in the world, and we see he can be outright arrogant, even though at times he tries to be sincere. While we can sympathize with a couple members of this gang, some are just downright dispicable.
It's brain smarts vs. street smarts, and we find that sometimes one or the other, isn't always a good thing. The ending is somewhat contrived, but I just could not look away from this movie from begining to end.