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.