DVD Review: THE TALL MAN
By Dave Dreher
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Sep 27, 2012 - 2:59:57 AM
I love a movie that surprises me from start to finish and
I'll be damned if THE TALL MAN doesn't do just exactly that.
What an unexpected little gem this one is and I can't urge
you strongly enough to head out to you local video haunt and pick this one up
Like probably the rest of my generation of horror fans when I
hear the words THE TALL MAN one thing and one thing only come to mind, Angus
The PHANTASM films have cemented that character in my mind
for all eternity but this TALL MAN has nothing to do with that TALL MAN.
There will be spoilers a head so please, proceed with
caution if you don’t want to know important story segments. Just stop here and go check it out, it’s
The town of Cold Rock is dying. No jobs, no money and the town is just barely
holding on. Poverty is rampant and folks
and their families are living in broken down trailers and shacks, it's not a
pretty scene and in this drab, unforgiving environment we are introduced to
Julia Denning. A local nurse whose husband,
the respected town doctor, has passed away and Julia is trying to hold it all
together with her daughter and young son and through her eyes we meet many of
the down trodden town folk and also learn of the local legend of THE TALL MAN
who is deemed responsible for a rash of child disappearances that have plagued
Things take a violent, personal turn when one night THE TALL
MAN breaks into Julia's home and takes her young son. An impressive chase sequence ensues and Julia
moves heaven and earth to get to her son.
It's also at this point that the film starts to morph and a series of
twists to the story arc really keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Jessica Biel really gives a tour de force performance
playing down her knock out good looks and really getting down and dirty as this
hard working mother who will stop at nothing to find her son.
What really impressed me was the ability of director Pascal
Laugier whose previous film MARTYRS was a bloody, vicious but beautiful work to
take this slower, more character driven story and really make it riveting. The story is beautifully written and it
unfolds at the perfect pace to keep the evolving tale and the surprises it
holds hitting the viewer at just the right time.
You've got to give this one time, got
to invest a little of yourself into it.
Not a lot of bloodshed, not a lot of high action but this one that
sticks with you and you find yourself thinking about long after the end credits
In a genre where the fans like to bitch
about "original" ideas and "remakes" killing the genre it's nice to see someone
take a chance and push the boundaries of the genre with a well written,
character driven piece that puts intelligence ahead of blood shed and feelings
ahead of boobs and sex jokes. I liked
THE TALL MAN, I like it a lot and if you give it a chance I think you'll like
it as well.
THE TALL MAN is available now from
IMAGE Entertainment. Go get it!!
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