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.

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

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

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