The best part of the 2008 movie, Monkey Puzzle, was the opening credits sequence of animation. Set in the beautiful wild of Blue Mountains of New South Wales, I'd hoped for a visual tour de force. Instead, most of the movie was as much a struggle for the viewer as it was for the 5 actors. Perhaps the biggest disappointment was that although Dylan reaches the tree, no one else sees the tree that was the impetus of the whole journey. The movie had potential for catharsis, but it fell flat.
Monkey Puzzle (2008) - Opening Credits
The title evokes images of the Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) and the Bunya Pine aka the False Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria bidwillii). These trees are very different to the Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis) but are closely related with all three belonging to the same family, Araucariaceae.