The Tall Man (2012)
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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) 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 called The Tall Man. -- (C) Image
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Critic Reviews for The Tall Man
If you're a parent who ever, for one cold-sweat second, lost sight of your child at a playground - "The Tall Man" will tap into your darkest fears. And then make them even darker.
Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous.
"The Tall Man" spits out enough scares and twists to maintain our interest, but the film's psycho-sociological layer is almost as cheesy and unconvincing as its low-rent action scenes.
"The Tall Man" opens like a ghost story and closes with its feet firmly in the real world. Until then, Pascal Laugier's chilly little thriller manhandles our sympathies and gladdens our eyes in almost equal measure.
The movie itself draws on too long, and eventually goes past at least two potential endings and heads right into the ridiculous.
Audience Reviews for The Tall Man
An outrageous and painfully despicable piece of garbage that has no understanding of pacing and has one of the most morally disgusting pseudo-sociological messages ever committed to celluloid - which leads me to think that Laugier is just as repulsive as his work. (Zero stars)
Not a horror movie. Definitely an original. I think that it bothered me that they played it up so well the first half of the film as something really horrifying happening, then it turns out not to be the case. Points for originality, I guess...
"I thought it was going to be good little scary flick, it wasn't. BUT, it was a decent thriller. The film has you thinking one thing and then flips the script and goes another way. I won't lie, I was surprised by the twist. But after the twist was revealed everything from there on was easy enough to figure out. Still a movie worth seeing at least once. The acting wasn't too bad. I like Jessica Biel. I thought she did well with her part."
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