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The Tall Man 2012

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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, 45 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
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)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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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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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. The second is that there are no schools for the children to attend. The third is less told to the audience and more told to what is believed to be the main character. A young girl gives birth and a nurse is told by her mother who the father is; it is her husband and the girl (her daughter) is not even eighteen years old yet. Three facts. Plain as day. A dead town. No Schools. No hope. And we are not even 15 minutes into the movie.

This is a very dark and yet very beautiful movie that debates a very controversial topic. I've read some reviews that say that the movie condones the removal of children from poor families to richer ones but it does not. What it does do is bring to light three varying points of view. A poor but loving mother who fights to the bitter biter end for her child, a young mute girl who sees her life following the same brutal and hopeless path her mother has taken, and a young nurse who tries to change the fate of children by changing their circumstances. Which point of view is correct? The movie never answers that and that is what I like about movies. They don't spoon feed answers. But hey I know a lot of people like to be given the answers. To each is own I guess.

Now there is one point I will contend low ratings and anger for the movie. I've seen the trailers for the movie and they do kinda trick you a little. It makes the movie seem like one thing but this movie turns out to be another. That I will give to the detractors; but it is a minor nitpick. This is not the first time I have gone into a movie expecting one thing and getting something completely different and loving what I have gotten.
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