(UK - 2012)
Written and directed by Robin Hardy. Cast: Graham McTavish, Jacqueline Leonard, Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett, Christopher Lee, Honeysuckle Weeks, Clive Russell, Keira McMillan, Lesley Mackie. (R, 96 mins)
Robin Hardy's "re-imagining" of his 1973 classic THE WICKER MAN is a lot like one of those "latest & greatest" albums of re-recorded versions of past hits that aging hair metal bands crank out cheaply and quickly with one, maybe two original members when they're completely lacking any worthwhile new material. It looks and sounds a lot like the original, only without the thrill of seeing or hearing it for the first time, but there's a palpable sense of desperation disguised as relevancy permeating the whole phoned-in endeavor. THE WICKER TREE, based on Hardy's 2006 novel Cowboys for Christ, is a truly depressing affair and a pale, uninspired, pointless retread of a revered film whose name has already been sullied by one bad remake in 2006. But at least that Nicolas Cage train wreck was entertaining for all the wrong reasons ("The beeeeeees!"). THE WICKER TREE is just plain bad, and makes THE WICKER MAN (2006) look like THE WICKER MAN (1973).
|Brittania Nicol as born-again Beth Boothby|
|Graham McTavish as the evil Sir Lachlan Morrison|
|Sir Christopher Lee in front of |
the world's crappiest greenscreen