The Wicker Man
A young child has gone missing and it’s up to a kindly but haunted sheriff to travel to the remote island community where she was last seen and solve the lingering mystery of her disappearance in director Neil LaBute’s updated reworking of Anthony Shaffer’s 1973 cult horror classic. Upon arriving at a small island to investigate, Sheriff Edward Maulis (Nicolas Cage) is troubled to discover that every trace he manages to find of the missing child quickly leads to an inexplicable dead end. His investigation repeatedly stalled by the highly secretive, neo-pagan community that inhabits the island, Sheriff Maulis soon discovers that there are still some cultures that refuse to play by the rules of modern society. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
The plot of “The Wicker Man” is so laughably absurd that one gets the feeling even the actors can’t believe they are actually making the movie. At least, that’s the only thing that seems to account for the terrible acting, especially by leading man Nicolas Cage. Cage does a lot of screaming and yelling throughout the movie, and instead of shouting a line once or twice, he tends to shout it three, four, even five times, resulting in a rather comical effect. A police officer (Cage) travels to a mysteriously cut-off island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. The people on the island, mostly women, seem to act strange in a way only those living in a cult can, but rather than being disturbing, the effect ends up being quite funny. However, there is nothing funny about the intentions of the island-dwellers, whose practice includes worshipping a goddess who has cursed their crop, who can only be appeased by a human sacrifice.