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A British father and son embark on a five-week expedition through Canada in a modest, pleasant documentary

A father-and-son team canoe 500 miles across the frozen Canadian wilderness in this modest, slightly frustrating documentary filmed by the son, Chris Lucas. He’s a professional adventurer. His dad, Niall, was an actor in his youth and is a natural in front of the camera. He’s also the perfect travelling companion, pretending to be a crabby old git while really being affable, unruffled and perpetually in awe of the surroundings. The two are so thoroughly pleasant and politely English that their trip might have been sponsored by John Lewis. After nearly becoming dinner for a frisky adolescent bear, one of them says mildly: “Phew, that was quite exciting wasn’t it.”

The intimidatingly capable Chris planned the five-week trip down the Yukon river as a bonding exercise on which to get to know his dad a bit better. The thing about his family, he explains, is that everyone’s a bit stiff-upper-lipped. I have to admit, I don’t think this trip loosened them up. Chris is about to become a dad and there’s a conversation or two about fatherhood, but nothing too deep. The men’s relationship doesn’t seem troubled by competitiveness, though a psychologist might take an interest in Chris’s motives for making his dad Niall entirely dependent on him for five weeks.

Some of the limitations of the film can be blamed on the budget: as the canoe’s skipper and cameraman, it’s impossible for Chris to film some of the hairier moments. Perhaps what the film needed was someone else to prod and poke and get them properly talking. Still, there are valuable tips here on what to do if you ever find yourself in bear territory. Number one: pee around your tent. Bears don’t like the smell.

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A father-and-son team canoe 500 miles across the frozen Canadian wilderness in this modest, slightly frustrating documentary filmed by the son, Chris Lucas.

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The feature-length documentary is a gentle, unpretentious love-letter to untamed nature and its ability to bring two people together.

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The Yukon Assignment is an awe-inspiring adventure movie that follows the journey of explorer Chris Lucas and his brother Niall Lucas as they embark on a pilgrimage through the majestic Yukon territory in Canada. The movie directed by Chris Lucas and featuring him and his brother Niall features stunning cinematography, heart-stopping moments, and a gripping storyline.

The documentary is about two adventurers who embark on a challenging 500km trek through the Yukon Territory in northwestern Canada. It is a breathtaking journey that follows two brothers as they attempt to complete the journey that claimed their grandfather’s life.

The movie is visually stunning with breathtaking landscapes, wildlife encounters and the arduous challenge of completing the journey. From gorgeous shots of glaciers, mountains, and lakes to footage of abundant wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, and caribou, the cinematography of the movie is definitely one of its highlights. This movie is a homage to the beauty of the Yukon Territory, and it showcases this captivating terrain through the eyes of two intrepid explorers.

While the stunning scenery serves as the backdrop for the adventure, it's the brothers' journey that drives the movie. The brothers are endlessly charming, and their personalities come through in spades. Their wit and humor are infectious, and their determination to survive and complete their journey is inspiring. Most excitingly, the audience is brought in on their grueling ordeal as they trek through some of the most treacherous terrain on Earth, pushing their body and mind beyond what most of us could ever endure.

The narrative of the documentary is compelling, and it is heightened by several moments of life-threatening peril. The Yukon Assignment is an unpredictable journey, full of danger and uncertainly, as the brothers grapple with freezing temperatures, a lack of food, and the ever-present threat of wild animals. But despite the constant physical and mental challenges, the brothers are steadfast in their commitment to complete their journey, and they show an unwavering respect for the Yukon Territory.

The movie also touches on the history of the area and the cultural significance of the region to its indigenous people. It highlights various artifacts left behind by previous generations and vividly illustrates the harsh reality of living in the Yukon, where the winter lasts for months, and the temperature often dips well below freezing.

In summary, The Yukon Assignment is a movie that will take your breath away. It takes you on an unforgettable journey through one of the world's most beautiful wilderness areas, with a narrative that is both intriguing and inspiring. Chris and Niall Lucas's remarkable trek through the unforgiving terrain of the Yukon Territory is captured with stunning cinematography that will leave you awestruck, while the challenges they face will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a must-see for anyone who loves adventure and nature, and for anyone who wants to witness the strength of the human spirit.

The Yukon Assignment is a 2018 documentary with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

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  • Genres Documentary Adventure
  • Cast Chris Lucas Niall Lucas
  • Director Chris Lucas
  • Release Date 2018
  • Runtime 1 hr 26 min
  • IMDB Rating 6.6   (440)

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2019 Directed by Chris Lucas

A British father and son undertake a five hundred mile canoe journey through the Canadian wilderness. An honest story of real adventure and the importance of making time for each other.

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Lander De Backer

Review by Lander De Backer ★★★

2023: film #7

Goe filmke tijdens tstuderen!

Toffe docu over een zotte reis in Canada. Het beste waren uiteraard de landschappen en de diertjes. Ook leuk is de kleinschaligheid en oprechtheid van dit project. Gewoon een vader en zoon die op hun tweetjes met de kano op pad zijn, zonder crew of script. Je ziet niet super veel dieren maar dat maakt het juist zo echt en puur.

Misschien iets te weinig emotionele onderbouwing om het verhaal over de vader-zoon band te vertellen maar voegt wel een laagje toe.

Tabby

Review by Tabby ★★★

Essentially just a long holiday/adventure vlog, but still pretty watchable.

mickelsonab

Review by mickelsonab ★★★★

Canada is so fkn beautiful 😭

emmarbarrett

Review by emmarbarrett ★★★½

My mums endless commentary about her experience canoeing in the artic circle really made this quite the viewing experience

bilbo11

Review by bilbo11 ★★★★ 1

Kekić, Sebi kad ćemo?

Sam Fitzgerald

Review by Sam Fitzgerald ★★★★

I really enjoyed this more straight forward, fairly raw and basic journal of a once in a lifetime adventure. If, like me, you long for adventure, love the Canadian landscape, canoeing and are desperate for a reconnection with a father figure or role model, then this will be right up your street. If not, then it might not tug at your engagement quite so much. It certainly delivered on its intention and made the longing for adventure stronger and more intense. I’m currently looking for a Canadian canoe on Ebay as we speak.

ToonSneyers

Review by ToonSneyers ★★★

Nothing happens.... and that is exactly what kept me going. It's about what didn't got said.

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