Wicker Man, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Uninspired remake of the 1973 cult thriller, here transposed from Scotland to the Pacific Northwest, about a policeman (Nicolas Cage) who, investigating the disappearance of a young girl, becomes entangled in the strange goings-on of a secretive island community of modern pagans led by a mysterious matriarch (Ellen Burstyn). Following the basic outline of the original, minus the eroticism and adding a feminist twist, director Neil LaBute generates some suspense in his cerebral approach, but overall the film is a bland and unnecessary retread, more hokey than creepy as the story progresses. Some disturbing images, including a burning human sacrifice, pagan rituals, an instance of rough language and scattered crude expressions and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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