SHAME is both a sturdily crafted social drama and a totally unnecessary remake of the 1987 Australian film of the same name. Less exploitative, action-oriented, and hard-edged than the original, SHAME's made-for-TV origins are very much to its detriment.
Diana Cadell (Amanda Donohoe), a prosecuting attorney from LA, is taking a vacation trip by motorcycle. She's forced off the road by a big rig and her bike is damaged, so she has to stop over in a dreary Oregon suburb. She discovers that the town has been polarized by a series of gang rapes; the
spoiled teenaged rapists are being protected by their parents, who control the village's economy. Diana is eager to ...