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
Aug 31, 2012 Limited
Sep 25, 2012
Image Entertainment - Official Site
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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.
I like to imagine the pitch meeting for "The Tall Man" as something like this: "It will be like 'Twin Peaks,' only absolutely terrible on every level."
There's plenty to like about it in hindsight once it's all laid out, but it isn't enough to lift this mystery-thriller out of the realm of the mundane.
The Tall Man comes as close as anything in recent years at matching the better monster-of-the-week episodes of The X-Files.
for all this thriller's tautness, its true horror emerges from the uncomfortable ethical questions that it poses - and leaves us to answer for ourselves in the dark.
The Tall Man is a fine thriller that tragically falls off the rails, spiraling into dark, morally corrupt territory.
Laugier, as was the case with Martyrs, takes the story in a completely unpredictable and, for a while, baffling direction.
Despite the excellently creepy subject matter, The Tall Man contains very little actual horror and ends up being quite a dud.
... can't decide if it wants to be 'High Tension,' 'Jeepers Creepers' or 'The Piped Piper of Hamelin' ... results are arty, jumbled and, ho-hum, Sunday School preachy.
Works surprisingly well, given where it winds up. Give it a chance if you're looking for an unexpected surprise.
Leaving behind any trace of her eye-candy image, Jessica Biel delivers the performance of her career in 'The Tall Man.'
A spooky and atmospheric little thriller that contains some actual and unexpected surprises.
What begins as an intriguing Stephen King riff devolves into a Lifetime Original, effectively burning off the potential of the complex misdirection.
Child abductions plague a rural Washington State town, but the more pressing affliction in Pascal Laugier's film is the absence of chills, logic and coherence
Audience Reviews for The Tall Man
- Julia Denning: So you believe it too?
- Lieutenant Dodd: Won't be long before the next one goes.
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