Where most people have been waiting for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ or ‘The Avengers’, I’ve been secretly anticipating the next movie from the creator of the brutal horror movie ‘Martyrs’.
Pascal Laugier has made quite the impression when this came out in 2008, and his follow up ‘The Tall Man’ manages to sustain my appreciation for his talent.
Jessica Biel plays the lead of Julia, a woman who finds herself living in a small rural town in Washington state with her friend and little child David.
The town has been the source of a lot of kidnappings, take the kid part literally, and so the legend of the Tall Man has been brought to life. A dark and brooding entity who is taking kids away for quite some time now in the small town.
Pascal has shown us that he can paint a picture in which you feel downright depressed. His usage of lighting as well as storytelling, leaves basically no room for anything but despair. As soon as Jenny is inevatibly confronted with ‘The Tall Man’ you get the feeling you’re watching a movie that plays it by the numbers. But soon after, despair starts kicking in, and the movie takes it in a direction that I can’t directly comment on in this review. It’s safe to say, that in the course of ten minutes throughout the middle of the movie, this goes from straight-to-dvd into a very thought provoking and unique movie.
Pascal has been busy on this story for well over 6 years, and it shows in the execution. Jessica Biel manages to act properly (which is somewhat of a first to her, if you’d ask me) and the supporting cast, consisting of William B. Davis (from X-files fame), Jodelle Ferland and many others all give it their best.
The movie isn’t without its flaws though, the action comes as quickly as it goes, and the amount of suspense is somewhat lifted by the direction it takes in the middle.
Having said that, the movie is hugely thought provoking and really leaves a lot of room for debating afterwards.
To comment on this movie anymore would be detrimental to your experience of watching it.
Give it a try and comment below as soon as you’ve finished!