The Wicker Man (2006)

WickerManposter20060.5

(out of 5)


 was such a big fan of the original Robin Hardy classic that he commissioned this remake, directed by Neil LaBute and now set on the American west coast (though it’s actually filmed in British Columbia). He plays a police officer who, following a failed attempt to save a mother and child from a burning car, is sent a letter by a former lover. She reveals to him that she bore a child not long after they split up, and that the girl has gone missing in her isolated island village, an issue that no one will discuss with her. Cage visits this quiet hamlet to investigate the matter and finds a female-dominated, pagan society with what he considers strange harvest rituals and rude schoolteachers ( in particular). Going deeper into his sleuthing he begins to suspect that not only has the little girl been taken by the townspeople, but that they have evil plans for her involving some kind of ritual, but he doesn’t know what it is.  Everything that was eerie and mysterious about the original has become hammy and overdone in this pitiful remake, whose faults are so numerous that they are not even worth describing in detail.  still manages to emerge without too much dirt on her despite the trappings, but Cage is just hopelessly embarrassing; by the time you reach the climactic ending (which has not been changed from the original, fans will be glad to know), you’re induced more to laughter than to chills.


Warner Bros., Alcon Entertainment, Millennium Films, Redbus Pictures, Saturn Films, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III, Nu Image Entertainment GmbH, Brightlight Pictures

USA/Germany/Canada, 2006

Directed by

Screenplay by Neil LaBute, based on the screenplay by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , , , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s