Arghh! I heard a couple of reviews of this movie, and thought I would see it.
Spoiler warning -- I hate this movie so bad, I'm gonna tell you the surprise ending, because it's not worth seeing the movie to get to.
Remember that brief discussion we had about the movie "Se7en"? Well, this one works out in a similar fashion. It's the most misogynistic (anti-women), awful, pointless waste of two hours I've spend in a long time.
It's beautifully filmed, in the Pacific Northwest, with lovely scenery. The protagonist, played by Nicholas Cage, is a responsible caring cop, who's lured to this island by an old girlfriend who says she needs help.
Though it looks like a murder mystery, or a 'save the child' story, in fact it's a "How much BS will this caring guy get put through by this coven of witches so they can burn him alive at the very end?"
With most fiction, you put the protagonist in greater and greater peril, and save him at the end. With this movie, they keep seeming to be putting this little girl in greater and greater peril (the evidence points that way), only to kill off your protagonist at the end. Eww.
So, since I feel thoroughly robbed of my $10 for seeing this movie, I thought I'd at least give the unwary some warning. Don't see it, it's pointless.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that this group of ladies on the island, trying to live their own way, are portrayed as one of the most ignorant, cynical, superstitious, people-using group of women. Why, they even have the guy's own daughter light the bonfire. Yippee.