The Tall Man 2012 R

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(117) IMDb 6/10
Available in HD

Something had come to Cold Rock that was taking the children. Something much worse than the closing of a mine. Something so menacing, so terrifying, that the people finally gave it a name.

Starring:
Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Pascal Laugier
Starring Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland
Supporting actors Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, Samantha Ferris, Colleen Wheeler, Eve Harlow, Janet Wright, Ferne Downey, John Mann, Teach Grant, Garwin Sanford, Jakob Davies, Lucas Myers, Pat Henman, Katherine Ramdeen, Alicia Gray, G. Michael Gray, Georgia Swedish, Jenna Gatschene
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

To be honest I really didn't like this movie.
Suzette Howe
This is where the movie makes several exciting plot twists that had me on the edge of my seat.
Shannon M.
This movie isn't as bad or as good as most people reviewing it here are saying.
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44 of 52 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Graham on June 30, 2013
Format: DVD
This is the first time I've seen Jessica Biel as a dramatic lead. I think she was stellar.

The way it starts, you'll probably assume things will happen a certain way. Later one you'll think you were clearly wrong. And then later still you'll see it's something different entirely. This was not predictable in the way that so many American movies tend to be.

While there could have been a wee bit more explanation, there was still enough for me to feel satisfied at the end.
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59 of 86 people found the following review helpful By J. Manzella on 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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