The Canyons

2013

Action / Drama / Thriller

137
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 24%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 15%
IMDb Rating 3.8 10 9578

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Gus Van Sant as Dr. Campbell
James Deen as Christian
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tigerfish50 1 / 10

Sociopathic Sex in Canyon-land

'The Canyons' is a farcical tale about a collection of characters who deceive and manipulate each other to distract from the emptiness of their lives. Chief amongst them is a sociopathic film producer, Christian, whose jaded girlfriend Tara reluctantly consents to the sex orgies he arranges with random internet strangers. After Tara helps a former boyfriend, Ryan, get the lead role in Christian's new movie, they resume their old affair, despite Ryan having a girlfriend called Gina who is also working on the film. Christian grows increasingly suspicious of Tara's fidelity outside the group sex dynamic, and has her followed by a slacker private eye, while he hooks up with a former assistant, who is also an old girlfriend of Ryan.

This juvenile nonsense is merely the set-up, and director Shrader cannot elevate the subsequent hokey-pokey above the level of a day-time soap after making disastrous casting decisions with Lindsay Lohan, James Deen and Nolan Funk as his lead trio. The only competent actor is Amanda Brooks who plays the scorned Gina in a minor role. Although she's actually five years older than Lohan, she looks fifteen years younger and fifty times more desirable than the supposedly irresistible Tara. Sex is a crucial plot element, but no erotic intensity is generated since the characters are pathetically undeveloped. Instead the film wastes many tedious minutes on lengthy shots of them entering and exiting cars and buildings. 'The Canyons' limps along with wooden direction, dialog, acting and storytelling, failing miserably to invest this portrayal of Hollywood's seedy glamor with any vitality. None of the deceptions and manipulations have any discernible goal, but they eventually lead to a pointless act of violence and an implausible tired conclusion.

Reviewed by michaeltrivedi 7 / 10

Good Movie

This is a very interesting watch. The combination of Ellis and Schrader is a genuine treat. Lohan does a great job of doing what she does. And the other actors brilliantly keep the movie rolling.

It is an intriguing story of actors and wealth in Los Angeles, particularly the Canyons. The film delves into pornography and murder, which at times can get rather boring. But it definitely held my attention, and is my favorite type of movie.

7 Stars

Reviewed by soundoflight 5 / 10

Flawed, but not as bad as the main rating makes it out to be

This is an interesting film, made for people who are into interesting films. But interesting doesn't necessarily mean good. While "The Canyons" managed to hold my attention throughout (a topless Lindsay Lohan at seemingly every opportunity doesn't hurt), it never really compelled me. It was kind of like watching a TV show when nothing else was on.

Probably the main failing of the film, and I'm unsure whether it was the acting, writing, or directing (I'm thinking the directing), was that the main character of Christian played by James Deen was in no way scary, crazy, or psychopathic, despite the fact that he was supposed to be. I can't help but think of that other Ellis vehicle "American Psycho" where Christian Bale and the director of that film made a highly compelling case of psychosis. If Bale and that director were transplanted into "The Canyons" in place of Deen and Schrader, we very well may have had a minor success, instead of a film that was almost universally panned.

I was going to really slam Paul Schrader's directing skills until I saw the budget. Now I'm reconsidering. On a dollar/goodness ratio the movie seems a bit remarkable. There are multi-million dollar movies that I would never willingly sit through again, but I could probably be convinced to give "The Canyons" another spin someday. All that being said, I do think the film suffers from poor production, bad music, and I still don't think Paul Schrader is a very good director.

I'm not privy to what sort of machismo made Ellis/Schrader/The producers decide that $250K was enough to make this movie, but they were wrong, and end product suffered as a result. There is a sub- theme that kind of cast derision on the entire film industry and Hollywood itself, and it seems like this bled through into the production itself. The irony is that such an attitude makes it impossible to actually make a successful film, and it begs the question to the aforementioned group: "why even bother?"

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