Review: ‘Treed Murray’

An After School Special masquerading as a movie, "Treed Murray" drives home its can't-we-all-just-get-along message with dull and dogged determination. Distrib Odeon is releasing the pic in Canada, but it stands no chance away from home, except as tube filler.

An After School Special masquerading as a movie, “Treed Murray” drives home its can’t-we-all-just-get-along message with dull and dogged determination. Distrib Odeon is releasing the pic in Canada, but it stands no chance away from home, except as tube filler.

Smug, trench-coated adman Murray (David Hewlett, the only thesp who makes any impression) gets lost in a Toronto park, has a run-in with a teenage mugger and is chased up a tree by the teen’s racially-mixed-for-TV gang, who hurl rocks and inner-city cliches at him. That’s it: 10 minutes of iffy material, with zero subtext or subplots, spread over an interminable hour and a half. Sophomoric exercise in social observation will leave you scratching your head not over issues of race and class, here reduced to comic-book proportions, but over the way movies get funded up north. Music and lensing are garden-variety.

Treed Murray

Canada

Production

An Odeon Films release (in Canada) of a Treed Murray Prods. production. Produced by Helen du Toit. Executive producers, Bryan Gliserman, Marguerite Piggot. Directed, written by William Phillips.

Crew

Camera (color), John Holosko; editor, Brett Sullivan; music, James McGrath; production designer, Diana Magnus; costume designer, Ann Dixon. Reviewed at the Fifth Avenue Cinema, Vancouver Sept. 28, 2001. (In Vancouver, Toronto film festivals.) Running time: 90 MIN.

With

David Hewlett, Cle Bennett, Kevin Duhaney, Jessica Greco, Aaron Ashmore, Carter Hayden.
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