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World War II drama 'Canopy' is a prisoner of its own confines
World War II drama 'Canopy' is a prisoner of its own confines

A brave experiment in stripped-down, visceral filmmaking, writer-director Aaron Wilson's World War II drama "Canopy" is ultimately upended by its minimalist conceit. Set in the jungles of Singapore in 1942, this deftly shot film is mostly free of dialogue, requiring audiences to fill in a breadth of story and character detail. As a result, viewers may find themselves more focused on what they don't see, hear or learn than by what they do. (Light and sound effects vividly evoke off-screen enemy combat and other hazards, but the tactic seems a budgetary choice rather than a creative one.) Wilson brings together two very different soldiers, both allied against the...

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