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THE TALL MAN : Grimm times in the small town of Cold Rock,
This review is from: The Tall Man [DVD] (DVD)
In the rundown former mining down of Cold Rock a folk legend has grown around a seemingly supernatural figure known as The Tall Man, who is said to be responsible for the disappearance of a number of local children
The Tall Man is an odd little film by Pascal Laugier that Like the earlier Martyrs has a socio-political undercurrent about what happens to people and communities when they are struggling and powerless. However, this French/Canadian co-production is not visceral or brutal, but downbeat and depressive. More akin to a Grimm's fairy tale retold for an age that has social services than a horror film or thriller. Nothing is entirely what it seems to be.
Jessica Biel is pretty decent as Julia Dunning, the local nurse at the heart of the mystery, in what is a well made, good looking and generally well acted film. The ending whilst not entirely logical resolves the mystery in a more concrete way than the flow of the film at first suggests and carries an ambiguous sting.
The Tall Man is not flawless, but is still pretty good and does tackle some interesting themes.
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Initial post: 28 Apr 2013 13:59:45 BDT
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Nelson Viper says:
The main tihng this has going for it is a degree of intelligence. A lot of modern US horror lacks style. There's good stuff, but that gets buried under a sea of on-line cynicism until the only stuff that seems to make money is cookie cutter reboots. Which even when its well done tends to have bland, overly pretty casts, or obnoxious characters.
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