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Monsters come in many sizes and shapes - and the worst ones are those with a heart...,
This review is from: Tall Man [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This very good film shocked me as few others did since "Seven", surprised me as few others did since the "Usual suspects" and in a couple of scenes also scared me (although ultimately it was not half as scary as I expected).
The story happens in Cold Rock, a little half-abandoned town in the state of Washington, where for the last couple of years somebody or SOMETHING abducted seventeen little children, babies or toddlers. There never was a viable suspect and no bodies were ever found. Terrified local residents nicknamed the person or THING behind those appearances "The Tall Man". A local nurse, Julia Dening (Jessica Biel), will finally become extremely concerned by the question "Who, or WHAT, is The Tall Man". A mute young girl, Jenny (Jodelle Ferland), who is the only one to really have seen "The Tall Man" with her own eyes, holds maybe some clues to solve the riddle...
This is a very clever, very surprising thriller which manages to preserve the suspense for a very long time. I managed to understand what is going on a little bit earlier than it was openly revealed, but still, it was only 10 minutes before the end...
Actors are doing great. Jessica Biel is here excellent and as always extremely beautiful. Joelle Ferland proves once again her great talent - she will be a great star one day! William B. Davis, the "Smoking Man" from X-Files, plays the role of the local old and slightly hapless sheriff - or is he really so hapless? Stephen McHattie, a Canadian veteran actor, does a great job as a tenacious detective, Lieutenant Dodd (he is mostly known from second roles, but his threatening face is rather unforgettable...). Last but not least, there is Colleen Wheeler, who plays Ms. Johnson, a local crazy woman - Ms Johnson is a secondary but important character and Colleen Wheeler played her perfectly.
I would advise to NOT read more detailed reviews or even watch the trailers, so you can go see this film like I did, without knowing anything else other than what we can guess from the poster at the cinema entry. The surprises are important and the director did all he could to give us lots of false clues to prevent the secret of being found too early.
Now, if what you need is a classical horror, here you risk to be a little bit disappointed, because this film is... well, something different. As father of little children myself I must say that I was quite troubled by the whole story and GREATLY shocked and upset by the solution. But I am not giving any more clues. Enjoy the film and decide yourself what you think of it.
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2012 11:33:03 BDT
I very much agree with your review. I thought the film was an excellent exercise in tension and misdrection. I can totally see how it would split opinions, seen as though it has been marketed as a horror film. But overall i thoroughly enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone with a taste for suspense and mystery.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2012 11:36:46 BDT
thank you for your kind words. I think that marketing this film as a horror was probably (at least partially) designed to hide even better the real mystery... and I think it worked, but clearly it also caused some viewers discomfort and deception. But, bottom line, I think it was worth it... I also rather expected a horror film, but far from being disappointed I was delighted with the final result...
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013 13:44:27 GMT
Man of the Third Eye says:
Brilliant review! I can see why you are one of the top 500 reviewers, as this has intrigued me to track the film down (once it gets a bit cheaper). My only criticism would be that I disagree with Jessica Biel being beautiful. I think for looks she is very overrated along with Eva Mendes, but her acting ability far outweighs that.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013 13:46:17 GMT
Thank you very much for your kind words - you just made my day. As for Jessica Biel, well, there is no accounting for taste, but I personally freely confess to having a little platonic crush on her...)))
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