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The Tall Man [Blu-ray] (2012)

Jessica Biel , Jodelle Ferland , Pascal Laugier  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088749CW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,572 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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    49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Three Masks And A Movie 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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    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all 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
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rent it, buy it, borrow it, just see it. 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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    59 of 87 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, Exasperating Waste of Time September 2, 2012
    Format:DVD
    I do not normally leave reviews but I felt the need to warn people away from this movie because it is truly awful. Jessica Biel must have owed someone associated with this movie a big favor. I have no other explanation as to why she would have agreed to do this film.

    She spends most of her time simply staring, dazed, into the eyes of various people, saying nothing. The viewer knows she is the only person who has any idea what's happening and the writer and director perform the most infuriating acrobatics to ensure she reveals nothing.

    You wait and wait... and wait for the reveal - and nothing ever happens.

    This is most assuredly not a horror movie and it's only a thriller if you're thrilled by 90 minutes of an exaggeratedly coy demeanor and excessively obtuse behavior.

    The manner in which this movie slowly culminates into some bizarre socio-political statement is akin to watching a very old man walk up a long flight of stairs, occasionally fishing in his pockets along the way and each time coming out with nothing.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
    I have most movies with Jessica Biel on it and this is one of them, but haven't watch it yet. So it should be a good movie.
    Published 1 month ago by Wimpy Charley
    5.0 out of 5 stars A dead town, no schools, no hope
    There are three facts made perfectly clear almost the moment the movie starts. The first is that when the mines closed in Cold Rock the town died. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Femvamp
    3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
    This movie was marketed as a horror film but is essentially more of a psycho-thriller. It has some strong dramatic elements as well. It was good but I wouldn't watch it again.
    Published 1 month ago by Melinda Porta
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not what you think it is, no matter what you think it is
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    It's unusual for a film in the horror genre to break new ground, but it's not unusual for a film that does so to experience a backlash. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by John Caruso
    1.0 out of 5 stars A Tree In The Middle Of The Road!
    A Tree In The Middle Of The Road! Really??? A Tree In The Middle Of The Road! I was really trying to be on-board until there was A Tree In The Middle Of The Road! WTF???
    Published 5 months ago by J. Shelley Dornan
    2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing.
    A bit boorish and slow. It wasn't awful but the charecters seemed scattered or scatter brained. The movie was alright. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Raven
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good but slow movie
    This is no t a bad movie if you have the time to actually understand it. It's full of plots and twist and what if seems 3 different possible endings that will either keep you... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Jose Chung
    2.0 out of 5 stars Lot of reasons to hate this movie
    Movies about monsters that prey on children are as old as time. There’s something particularly horrifying about the death of our most precious, and The Tall Man, a movie starring... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Brett Talley
    1.0 out of 5 stars Hey, your kids are dead & buried...celebrate me
    Blown away by the utter failure of this movie in every sense. A small mining town near Seattle where the mines had closed down seemingly had more missing children than the... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Chad Doolin
    3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Jessica Biel movie
    This move is pretty good. I thought it would be scary, but it's not. Some parts drag a little bit and you can predict what's going to happen. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Rich
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