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The Canyon (2009)

Yvonne Strahovski , Will Patton , Richard Harrah  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yvonne Strahovski, Will Patton, Eion Bailey
  • Directors: Richard Harrah
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LBKE02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,477 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Canyon" on IMDb

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Honeymooners Nick and Lori head off to the Grand Canyon for adventure and time alone together. Upon arriving, they hire Henry as their guide, who seems to have his own idea about the outdoor excursion. When tragedy strikes, the newlyweds must fend for themselves. Discovering they are
prey being hunted by something or
someone, they desperately fight for
survival to escape the canyon alive.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic, with some credible acting December 26, 2009
In "Open Water" (2003), a pair of scuba divers (who were also a couple) got stranded in the middle of the ocean and found themselves imperiled by a school of sharks. Well, in "The Canyon", we have a newly-married couple stranded somewhere in the Grand Canyon and hunted by wolves. It's basically a survival-type drama with some twists, but on the whole is quite formulaic. What makes this watchable (though more as a rental and not a purchase) is the acting, which I thought was quite alright, considering this is a low-budget indie flick. The story centers around Nick (Eion Bailey) and Lori (Yvonne Strahovski) who are a pair of newly-weds and eager for adventure (well, Nick mainly) - Nick's idea of a perfect honeymoon is to explore the deepest recesses of the canyon via muleback. Unfortunately, Nick did not have the foresight to apply for a permit for their excursion and the pair decide to take on the proffered services of a grizzled old guide Henry (Will Patton).

Will Patton makes the initial part of this movie quite watchable with his dry humor and vast knowledge of the canyon - he really is quite a hoot to watch in his role as guide. Unfortunately, his role is rather shortlived, and it is left to Nick and Lori to carry the rest of the movie through as the stranded pair are forced to rely on their wits to stay alive and make it out of the canyon, even as tragedy and danger stalk them in the form of a pack of determined wolves. Eion Bailey's Nick is quite average in his role as the smart ass new husband who uses his persuasive skills in getting Lori to agree to his adventure - a plan that seems doomed from the beginning considering his lack of planning and foresight.His character as such is hard to empathize with.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wolves Will Be Wolves December 21, 2009
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This film would fit nicely in a gift set with "Open Water" and "Black Water". Like its less-than-warm-blooded brethren, "The Canyon" finds an attractive couple trapped in raw wilderness, ultimately pit face to face with Mother Nature and her drones - in this case, wolves. There is stunning cinematography, beautiful scenery, and a fair level of intensity on display here, which makes the so-so script worthwhile. If you're the kind of person who enjoys man-against-nature pictures, "Canyon" is a perfect fit for a rainy afternoon. Even if one isn't a lover of eco-horror, the wolves used are put on full display, and they are breathtaking to behold. No CGI here.... thank the films Gods for that one. All in all, this is an entertaining thriller with more to admire than to roll the eyes at, and even when the eyes are rolling, they're rolling over a gorgeous surface.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cliche but nice April 1, 2011
The canyon is a fairly predictable cliche of a film but very nicely done in terms of photography and acting. I have to say that this is just not my kind of film and so it is hard to judge otherwise. If you like films about people who make bad decisions and then get lost in nature, then you may well enjoy this one. The disasters are kept to a few, which is good because that sort of thing can be overdone. No landslides, flash floods, indian attacks, quicksand, or going totally mad. Nice level of distress. The few disasters were however terrible but sort of predictable and some people may groan.I suggest suspending disbelief, because it is worth it to keep watching and focus on the tensions between the newlyweds and the scenery.

The"making of" special feature discovering the canyon was pretty nice because they took their movie seriously and mentioned issues working with the wolves and so on and we don't often see this in special features. I wish they had left a couple of deleted scenes in the film.

All in all, not a bad film for an evening for me. But to really appreciate the quality you probably have to like these sorts of lost and stranded films and not get upset if it seems somewhat generic. In its essence, I think it is not especially innovative. It is touching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT SO GRAND CANYON July 10, 2010
*Strong performances from Yvonne Strahovski and Eion Bailey
*Beautiful scenery
*Tense wolf scenes
*Will Patton's role too short
*Tedious at times
*Characters stupid decisions
*Preposterous ending---why no CPR?
*Misleading promo as a "horror" movie
SUMMARY: Performances save an otherwise routine movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality entertainment May 9, 2013
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Was a fairly believable scenario for a change, a little over the top with the wolves, but at least realistic enough that it could actually happen, I have no regret for the time spent watching this movie, wouldn't mind seeing it again to get more of the details that I always miss with one viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably compelling Man vs. Nature tale April 7, 2012
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Newlyweds Nick (Eion Bailey) and Lori (Yvonne Strahavski) stumble into the honeymoon-from-hell when they innocently and foolishly allow a grizzled old cowpoke to talk them into taking an unauthorized mule-trip into the heart of the Grand Canyon. When Henry (Will Patton), the guide, is bitten by a rattlesnake, the couple is left to fend for themselves in this unfamiliar and brutally hostile terrain with little or no survival skills to help get them through the experience.

Based on a number of recent movie going experiences ("127 Hours," "Gerry" and "Open Water" ), there seems to be a real genre developing here - which, for lack of a better term, we'll call the cocky-outdoorsman-gets-his-ever-lovin'-butt-kicked-by-Mother-Nature scenario. Like those other films, "The Canyon" really makes us empathize with the plight the citified couple is going through, offering cringe-inducing scene after cringe-inducing scene of their often ham-handed attempts at staying alive. Also, like those previous works, this movie explores the themes of how easy it is to find ourselves without warning at the mercy of an uncaring and capricious Fate; of how quickly stupid decisions made in the heat of the moment can lead to long-term, disastrous consequences; of how ill-equipped modern Man is at grappling against the forces of an impersonal Nature; and of how indomitable the human spirit can be in even the most dire and hopeless of circumstances.

Replete with an "ironic" ending that will have you throwing things at the screen in frustration and dismay (think of it as the ultimate anti-deus ex machina), "The Canyon," which was written by Steve Allrich and directed by Richard Harrah, makes for gripping and grueling, if not always, edifying or uplifting viewing. It will also make you think twice before ignoring signs posted at national parks. And, oh yes, perhaps the biggest lesson of all is to always give heed to women's intuition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE HONEYMOON
I absolutly LOVE this movie it has suspence and just the right amount of mystery and drama. It keeps you glued to your seat from beginning to end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by corlis southerland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Canyon
A newly married couple, Nick and Lori, venture into the Grand Canyon on the backs of mules. Their guide is unconventional but very likable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert J. Ruhf
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie.
Published 2 months ago by percyluv
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yvonne Strahovski is phenomenal
Published 3 months ago by Holly Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars We Enjoyed the Canyon
This was a very good movie, my husband has wanted to see it for a long time. Just wished it had a bit more excitement to it.
Published 6 months ago by Marilyn T.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
this was awesome thriller horror movie it delivers was even tear jerker specially at the end will leave you like oh dam!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars A really great movie!
The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that there some "stretches". For example, how could she hold off a pack of hungry wolves all night with just a stick? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike Mieckowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn Good
This was MUCH better than I thought it was going to be. Definitely worth seeing. Not perfect, but pretty good.
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth A. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Rating
Since I'm an occasional camper and hiker, I was introduced to this movie by a close friend of mine who told me I'd might like it since I've always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon. Read more
Published 9 months ago by richard gutierrez
5.0 out of 5 stars True story
I love true story movies, this one one was of them the ending was great. Just goes to show you how far some people would go and what they would do to survive. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Deb
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