The Tall Man suggests it's going to be yet another run of the mill thriller about a supernatural boogeyman, but delivers something quite extraordinary. Lulling you into a sense of the familiar with Jessica Biel's nurse trying to help keep a destitute small town together, it then proceeds to elevate itself hugely above the pack with inventive clever writing and good performances.
To say anything else about the plot would be to give its many pleasurable surprises away, but suffice it to say that the plot twists, of which there are several excellent ones, are carried off tremendously and feel satisfying, not like the flimsy excuses that often pass for a twist in thrillers. Jessica Biel gets to show off perhaps her best ever range of acting, given far more to do that her usual under-written eye-candy roles, and she shines as the centre of the movie. Wrier Director Pascal Laugier clearly likes to toy with his audience and is one to watch.
If you enjoy the thrill of feeling constantly wrong-footed and surprised by a movie, and never being quite certain where it's going, this is for you.