The Tall Man, written and directed by Pascal Laugier (Martyrs, Saint Ange) revolves around a small town nurse (Jessica Biel). Who after her child is abducted attempts to unravel the local truth around a mysterious dark figure of urban legend known only as “The Tall Man”, which has been blamed for the kidnapping of multiple local children over a span of the last six years in backwoods Colorado. Scheduled for a limited theatrical release on August 31st, 2012 followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release on September 25th this has what it takes to become a sleeper hit among moviegoers lucky enough to have it screen in their area.
I went into this film knowing nothing beyond the fact it was built around an urban legend about an entity that steals children in the night. Right a way I found myself drawn in by its high quality presentation and authentically creepy and interesting story. The build up is spectacular; the first 20-30 minutes perfectly paint the image of a town with a bleak future that continues to be the victim of misfortune and suffering. Making the very clever and outside of the box plot twist that takes place shortly afterwards ten shades more effective in terms of genuinely blowing the minds of many viewers. While there are many very subtle hints laced with in the intro, personally they did not really click in my head until the twist reveal a sure sign of talented writing and script crafting.
More of a crime thriller than your typical horror film, it oddly enough has the potential to be enjoyed by many different types of film lovers. Blending so many different genre traits, that I can see horror fans, crime buffs, mystery lovers and even the Lifetime Network crowd being able to walk away from this movie pleased with how they just spent the last hour and forty-five minutes of their life. The acting is top notch; Jessica Biel does a wonderful job at portraying her character with a very believable performance. The film also features equally stunning performances from Jodelle Ferland (Kingdom Hospital, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Samantha Ferris (Supernatural, V), and Eve Harlow (Juno, Jennifer’s Body).
The ending feels a bit long winded at times, but overall succeeds at tying up loose ends and creating an experience that feels complete. Ending on a very memorable and thought provoking note that makes the line between good and evil rather difficult to differentiate, hands down my favorite “urban legend” themed film to date. I highly recommend giving this movie a chance if it appears at your local theatres, for the rest of you look out for its release on DVD and Blu ray in September.