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The Wicker Man 2 (2006)

Duration1h 42m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 18??
Source of storyA riff on the original 1973 film written by Anthony Shaffer
DirectorNeil LaBute
Writers/ScriptNeil LaBute
StarringNicholas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Beahan, Frances Conroy,
RatingsIMDb: 3.7 by 63,826 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 15% by 107 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: A motor cycle patrolman is induced to go to an isolated island to search for a missing child. When he gets there, travelling as an unrecorded passenger in a float plane, he claims to be on official business and begins to interview the inhabitants of the island, most of whom are woman, the men who are there in limited numbers refusing to speak to him. One of the women there had once had a relationship with him, and at times she seems to be able to assist him but it gradually becomes evident that the island society mirrors that of bees, and indeed it is honey which provides the population with a means of survival. No matter what he never seems to get closer to the missing girl.

Content: There is no sex or nudity, this is more or less the opposite of the 1973 film, where people seem to be having a lot of fun. Edward has to recover after being involved in a roadside fire where a woman and child may, or may not, have been killed.  Once on the island he moves about mostly on foot, but sometimes on a bicycle, interviewing people, never getting a clue as to what’s happening. He digs up a grave to find a doll in it, and at one point dives into an underground reservoir in which he is trapped until released. Then the finale, involving rituals and processions.

A View: I was unaware that IMDb had bottom rated movies, but they do, and this film is No 73. There is one scene which is laugh out loud funny, sounding exactly like one in “Father Ted”. Nicholas Cage was given one or two ticks up for managing to keep a straight face, but he was also a producer, so he did not have anything to be happy about. It did not recoup its $40 million cost and honestly it is not a film you would want to sit through, even though it is quite short.

Additional Info: The film was extensively cut to achieve the PG-13 rating.

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