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In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as "The Tall Man." Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel, Total Recall, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) seems skeptical...until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent's darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs).

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    • Actors: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, Samantha Ferris
    • Directors: Pascal Laugier
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
    • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
    • Run Time: 106 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0088749CW
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
    Format: DVD
    THE TALL MAN is a social morality play disguised as a thriller disguised as a horror. It takes place in Cold Rock, a Washington mining town that has been devastated by the economy. Most of the citizens are dysfunctional hicks and rednecks who seem content to scrabble among the woods, getting drunk, fighting, or just rocking in front of the diner and watching it all waste away. Everyone, that is, except for Julia (Jessica Biel), the widowed nurse/wife of the town's only doctor ("He held this community together," more than one persons says). She is beautiful, poised, and has the determination and grit of a Terminator-era Linda Hamilton as she saves the lives of illegitimate babies in her ramshackle clinic (which used to be a school), or confronts abusive molesters in their trash-strewn front lawns.

    Big problem with the town: kids are disappearing. No one knows how, but the kidnappings happen so rapidly -- sometimes in broad daylight -- that people have invested the events with a supernatural fear, believing they are done by a shadowy figure that they call The Tall Man. When Julia's own son, David, is kidnapped by the figure, she goes on a relentless pursuit for the child. What follows is a tense and also baffling series of events as the movie yanks one rug after another out from beneath its unsuspecting audience. The movie, in other words, isn't about what you think it's about.

    It certainly keeps you on your toes. Even seasoned viewers who are good at figuring most movies out will probably need two or three guesses to put their finger on the secret of The Tall Man. In this sense, it keeps the film from feeling stale or too melodramatic, and the story's air of mystery lasts until the final moments.
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    15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Maciej on September 27, 2012
    Format: DVD
    This very good film shocked me as few others did since "Seven", surprised me as few others did since the "Usual suspects" and in a couple of scenes also scared me (although ultimately it was not half as scary as I expected).

    The story happens in Cold Rock, a little half-abandoned town in the state of Washington, where for the last couple of years somebody or SOMETHING abducted seventeen little children, babies or toddlers. There never was a viable suspect and no bodies were ever found. Terrified local residents nick named the person or THING behind those appearances "The Tall Man". A local nurse, Julia Dening, will finally become extremely concerned by the question "Who, or WHAT, is The Tall Man". A mute young girl, Jenny (Jodelle Ferland), who is the only one to really have seen "The Tall Man" with her own eyes, holds maybe some clues to solve the riddle...

    This is a very clever, very surprising thriller which manages to preserve the suspense for a very long time. I managed to understand what is going on a little bit earlier than it was openly revealed, but still, it was only 10 minutes before the end...

    Actors are doing great. Jessica Biel is here excellent and as always extremely beautiful. Joelle Ferland proves once again her great talent - she will be a great star one day! William B. Davis, the "Smoking Man" from X-Files, plays the role of the local old and slightly hapless sheriff - or is he really so hapless? Stephen McHattie, a Canadian veteran actor, does a great job as a tenacious detective, Lieutenant Dodd (he is mostly known from second roles, but his threatening face is rather unforgettable...). Last but not least, there is Colleen Wheeler, who plays Ms.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Boy on May 28, 2014
    Format: DVD
    For me to write a movie review nowadays, a film has to be either really, really good, or really, really bad. Although I don't like to criticize the reviews by other people, sometimes a large number of folks just get it wrong. In the case of The Tall Man, both factors are present, thus my decision to take a moment to comment. This movie is unbelievably good. I went into it with the worst of expectations, assuming it was some kind of slasher flick with a name actor who needed the money. Nothing could be further from the truth as I was quite literally blown away by the quality of the story, the acting, the photography, every bit of it the equal of films with ten times the budget. This is a movie worth owning. Why? If for no other reason, it's one to have friends over to watch, or to loan out, and when you hear from them how big this little movie was, you can then take some of the credit. Just a suggestion. Take me up on it and you won't be sorry. Well, unless you're one of those who thought they saw the movie but obviously didn't. Maybe they were hoping for a cheap slasher flick with a name actor who needed the money. What we need are more films of this quality and imagination. I wasn't even a big Biel fan until this movie. That's how good it is. Enough said.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Azi on January 8, 2014
    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    what I expected. Actually, scratch that. Not at all what all the marketing around this movie wanted you to believe. That being said it kept me glued to the screen till the final credits. Highly recommended.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fmwaalex VINE VOICE on November 14, 2013
    Format: DVD
    THE TALL MAN

    As a fan of Jessica Biel and of horror/thriller films I had to check this out. The cover alone was enough to pull me in. usually a purchase based on a cover means a bad flick but not here thankfully. Although I will admit that this movie was nothing like what I thought it would be. Still it was a really good flick that surprised me a bit. This is for sure a thriller but it looks and was marketed as a horror film.

    Cold Rock Washington has a problem, kids seems to go missing taken by a thief in the night. This thief is an urban legend called The Tall Man. Julia [Jessica Biel] is a woman in this town who has a son of her own. One night at home she hears something down stairs and goes to investigate. She finds the nanny bound and gagged and her son missing. She pursues the abductor that looks just like what the legends describe. Now with her son taken she must do all she can to find him. But not all is what it seems and people are not who they seem, there is a bigger picture that some do not yet see.

    This was a really good movie and may be Biel’s best performance of her career. She gives multiple layers to her character here, and she as to with the type of character it is. The changes that happen in this film are crazy and I was surprised by how many twists this thing took. I in all honesty did not guess them all but it was a fun ride watching them all play out. This is the movie for you if you want a good thriller with a few twists and turns.
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