The Canyons 2013
R | 1h 39min | Drama, Thriller | 29 July 2013 (USA)
When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, language throughout, a bloody crime scene and brief drug use
Seeing that this stars Lindsay Lohan the train-wreck and James Deen the porn star, the long knives are coming out for this movie before it finished taping. With all the bad press, I was expecting an amateurish mess. The one main thing that I got from this film was that this was professionally made.
The filming style looks good. Lindsay Lohan is … well … Lindsay. Certainly she’s not going to win any awards but she still has the screen presence. James Deen does a good douche bag. Maybe that’s just his real personality. Everybody fit their roles. Lindsay is a cold emotionally damaged ex-star. Deen is sexually perverted. They might as well used their real names.
The one thing that I wish they would improve on is setting up more danger at the start. A better foreshadowing would improve the tension. Instead, it’s strictly a linear time line and the start of the movie is rather slow. It doesn’t actually start moving till the middle of the movie. Overall, it’s a good effort for a low budget indie.
Director: Paul Schrader
Writer: Bret Easton Ellis
Stars: Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Gerard Funk
Release Date: 2 August 2013 (USA)
Filming Locations: Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA