“The Tall Man”

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Tall Man” stars Jessica Biel (The Illusionist, Accidental Love), Jodelle Ferland (The Cabin in the Woods, Tideland), Stephen McHattie (300, Watchmen), William B. Davis (The X-Files [TV series], The Messengers), Samantha Ferris (Along Came a Spider, Shattered), Colleen Wheeler (Better Than Chocolate, Finder’s Fee), Eve Harlow (Juno, 2012), and Janet Wright (Ramona and Beezus, The Perfect Storm). It was written and directed by Pascal Laugier (Martyrs, House of Voices). After her child is kidnapped by a supposed myth called the Tall Man, Julia Denning (Biel) does whatever it takes to get him back.

When I am pulled into a thriller film, I’m typically looking for a straightforward plot with some intense build up and crazy action sequences. “The Tall Man” is not this movie. I never heard of the Kristen Bell feature before Friday night, and after seeing it I can understand why. The 2012 release boats a sense of high stakes in a story so jumbled that it’s difficult to pin down what the heck is going on. Whether or not this is a good thing is extremely subjective, though. Usually, I hate plots that are sporadic primarily because the scripts are hollow. However, in the case of “The Tall Man,” the writers want to throw their viewers off. Throughout the course of the film’s runtime I couldn’t predict what would happen. There are so many twists and turns that it could make your head spin. Who is the Tall Man? How does Jessica Biel’s character fit into the story? These two questions are often brought up every time something comes up that catches me completely off guard. The unpredictability factor is one to commend, but I must say that there are a few aspects of this picture that I don’t appreciate. The first? It’s sheer unbelievability that is utilized to move the story along. I couldn’t tell you how many silly scenes I saw in this film. One that comes to mind involves a truck speeding down the road while someone is trying to take out the driver from the inside. Not only is it sporadically choreographed, but the results were as unrealistic as pigs flying. Almost all of these characters are immortal and as the film progresses, the stuff done to them becomes ludicrous. Secondly, while the shots are pretty cool, the cinematography/editing boasts a student film vibe. It’s difficult to describe without having you see the release, but one thing I can tell you is the opening credits are horrifically edited. They are placed in the landscape while the shot moves, and it comes off as jarring more so than creative. I’ve seen this kind of stuff in student films before, and while it may seem fun, it isn’t professional or stylistic in regards to the overall movie. Finally, the culmination of these strange events made for a shaky ending. Granted, the conclusion of this picture gave way to a fantastic final monologue. However, once you take in what occurred throughout the entire movie, it comes as more of an afterthought than a pay-off. It’s funny how there was only one person who wrote this, because it has the feeling that there wasn’t much direction when it came to tying in all of these events; it was as if many people had their hands in it. Aside from those things, this feature wasn’t all too bad. It was entertaining for what it was, with some decent performances and an unpredictable plot that will surely keep you guessing until the end. If only the story didn’t give way to silly circumstances, this would’ve been a respectable release. FINAL SCORE: 75%= Juicy Popcorn
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