The Tall Man
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Jessica Biel plays the appropriately hoary and emotionless personification of the collectivist state, where the few attempt to control the destiny of the many in the name of 'the greater good,' in the stylish but unevenly written and executed 'The Tall Man' (2012). I don't see what all the confusion is over the plot (an unexpected but fairly clear-cut 'twist' halfway through the film shouldn't be the deal-breaker it seems to be for some), or how the thing could be misinterpreted as a pro-elitist/utopian, ends-justifying-the-means morality piece-- anyone with an intact value system will recognize who's right and who's wrong here (the Orwellian 'first mother/second mother/third mother' monologue delivered at film's end is much more chilling psychologically than the 'tall man' myth). That's not to say TTM is pro-philistine either, as the white-trash stereotype is exploited and chastised throughout, fairly or unfairly, depending upon your point of view. Anyway, certainly not for all tastes, and a definite 'no' for Marxists, social Darwinists and hardcore horror/suspense-genre junkies (not to suggest these groups necessarily have common interests), but at least it's a departure from the usual. 3 stars.
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This is an excellent movie with a twist at the ending, that no one can see coming. The problem with this movie is people will either like it or hate it with a passion because of... Read morePublished 6 days ago by bill spivey
Great movie and so glad I bought it. This one kept me in suspense the whole time.Published 1 month ago by C. Dryman
I have seen a lot of negative reviews but I enjoyed the movie. I thought it had a nice little twist in it.Published 2 months ago by David W. Barsness
Spectacular. I've seen it a few times already and I learn something new each time. It may be hard to follow the first time but its a truly great movie.Published 3 months ago by Ray Balbes
Probably would not have ordered if I had not seen on Netflix, very glad I did.Published 3 months ago by Kevin Ennis