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(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] (1hr 37min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Millennium Films Inc., Nu-Image Films, Redbus Pictures, Emmett/Furla Films, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III, Alcon Entertainment, Brightlight Pictures Inc., Nu Image Entertainment GmbH, Saturn Films
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures
Director(s): Neil LaBute
Producer(s): Nicolas Cage, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Norman Golightly, Manfred D. Heid, Gerd Koechlin, Josef Lautenschlager, Avi Lerner, Elisa Salinas, Joanne Sellar, Joanne Sellars, Trevor Short, Andreas Thiesmeyer, John Thompson, Brad Van Arragon, Shawn Williamson
Screenplay; Anthony Shaffer (1973), Neil LaBute, Anthony Shaffer
Cinematography/Camera: Paul Sarossy
Music: Angelo Badalamenti
Film Editing: Joel Plotch
Casting: Heidi Levitt
Production Design: Phillip Barker
Art Direction: Michael DinerViewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
In this, yet another R-13, remake of the 1973 horror film, California State Freeway Patrol Officer Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) stops a woman in her station wagon to return a doll thrown out of the car ostensibly by her young daughter. While stopped, the little girl tosses it out again about ten feet away from the car. Officer Malus again retrieves the doll but this time he could not get back to the car before a semi demolishes it, fire destroying anything by which to identify the occupants.
Edward is so shaken by the trauma he takes a couple weeks leave from the force. During his convalescence his ex-fiancé Willow Woodward (Kate Beahan) writes him a letter telling him her young daughter Rowan (Erika-Shaye Gair) is missing and pleads with him to find her. The best lead Edward can find with which to start is Summersisle colony on a private island off the coast of Washington.
The Celtic matriarchal colony is headed by Sister Summersisle (Ellen Burstyn) who leads the female population with the male inhabitants under their thumbs. The focus of the colony is worship of false gods ... er ... goddesses to guarantee good harvests. And, of course, one of their tactics is human sacrifice. The story leads us to believe the sacrifices are of young girls but a twist in the plot reveals a deeper and more sinister plan. Edward discovers the real plan only too late.
Since this report is being posted on opening day, I will not discuss the plot and story in any more detail to prevent spoiling it for you should you opt to view this film. But if you do, I ask that you read the rest of this report and the listing of direct observations in the Findings/Scoring section before you take your little ones (which includes at-home teens) with you or let them see this "lite" R-13 on their own.
With an investigation area score of zero in Wanton Violence/crime (W), The Wicker Man is at least as violent as many R-rated films. A little girl is seen as what appears to be drowned. A man is murdered with his face decimated. Fetuses are seen in formaldehyde. A man is trapped to die. A little girl is seen lighting the murder fire that burns a man alive. More. [Prov. 4:14, Prov. 16:29]
The Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area revealed that profanity is not as prevalent is in most PG-13 films but is present nonetheless, including one use of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8]
Other than seeing an adult in underwear, a young woman is seen nude with a covering of bees hiding her gender-specific areas and an invitation to participate in sexually immoral behavior are about all the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area could find. While nudity itself is not sinful [**], display of it is since doing so is enticement and a tease. [2Pet. 2:18]
One instance of smoking and some people drinking in a bar are all the Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area found.
What the Offense to God (O) investigation area is quite another matter. This is a film of Celtic worship of false gods and human sacrifice. [Ex. 20:3, Ex. 34:14] This investigation area also found enough material to reduce the area score to zero making it, too, equivalent to many R-rated films including by the multiple uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
The Murder/Suicide (M) investigation area found two murders, once by mutilation with gore and another by incineration though the actual burning is not seen though screaming is heard. [Rev. 22:15, Rev. 21:8, Gal. 5:21, Ex 20:13]
Please inspect closely the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, before you decide whether this film is fit either for your little ones or for yourself.
FYI, I may rent the 1973 original The Wicker Man, which was rated R, just to do a comparative between the content of a 1973 film and its modern remake. If I were a betting man I would be willing to wager the R-rated original will earn a higher score than this PG-13 remake. Stay tuned.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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