THE WICKER MAN (2006)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Kate Beahan,
Ellyn Burstyn, Frances Conroy,
Molly Parker, Leelee Sobieski,
and Diane Delano
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 102 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Neil LaBute
Executive Producer: George Furla, Joanne Sellar,
Trevor Short, Andreas
Lautenschlager, Danny Dimbort,
and Elisa Salinas
Producer: Nicolas Cage, Norm Golightly,
Avi Lerner, Randall Emmett,
John Thompson, and Boaz
Writer: Neil LaBute
Address Comments To:Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
THE WICKER MAN is an American remake of a 1973 British movie. In the remake, Nicolas Cage stars as Edward Malus, a California motorcycle cop is haunted by the accidental death of a mother and her daughter. Edward's ex-fiancée, Willow, who mysteriously left him years ago, writes a letter to him asking for help in finding her missing daughter, Rowan. Willow is back home on Summersisle, an island off the coast of Washington. Willow says the people there will not help her find her daughter.
Edward barges his way onto the island to help Willow. The island seems to be run by a group of strange, secretive and hostile women led by a smug matriarch named Sister Summersisle. Edward finds several cryptic clues concerning Rowan's whereabouts, but none of the clues can prepare him for the sinister truth of what's really happening.
The good news about THE WICKER MAN is that it portrays men-hating feminists and pagan religion as evil. The bad news, however, is that the bad guys win. Also, Edward, the would-be hero and knight in shining armor, is a gruff, no-nonsense man who gets more abrasive as the women on the island continue to stymie his investigation. Finally, THE WICKER MAN contains strong, sometimes scary violence and some foul language, including a few strong profanities.
If you've seen the original movie, it's hard to say how this new version stacks up against it. That said, the new movie seems to be more silly than creepy. For one thing, the villains seem so smug that they are more like caricatures than real threats. At least both movies show the true evil nature of most forms of ancient paganism. Both movies, however, have disappointing endings because the bad guys win the day in a violent, despicable, tragic manner. The original movie made one want to leap into the screen, kill all the villains and save the day. The remake is more likely to provoke yawns.
The good news about THE WICKER MAN is that it portrays men-hating feminists and pagan religion as evil. The bad news is that the bad guys win in a despicable manner. Also, Edward, the would-be hero, is a gruff, no-nonsense man who gets more abrasive as the women continue to stymie his investigation. Finally, THE WICKER MAN contains some foul language, including a few strong profanities.