The Tall man (2012)
In 2008 Pascal Laugier unleashed Martyrs onto the world. The film caused much controversy on its release for its unrelenting violent. Martyrs has been cartographer as part of the New French Extremity for just that reason. It along with Inside caused a stir from movie goes in 2008. Ever since fans have been waiting for Laugier’s next film. Unfortunately much like the follow up to Inside, The Tall Man does not exceed expectations. That does not mean that there is nothing to see though.
Unlike Martyrs, the Tall Man is a horror thriller that focuses on a kidnapper plaguing a small mining town. Jessica Biel plays the role of Julia Dunning, the town’s doctor. One afternoon after coming home from work, Julia is awoken by noises in her house. She soon discovers that her son is the tall man’s next victim. Thing quickly turn out no to be what they seem as Julia goes chasing after her son.
For the most part Biel does an ok job at portraying Julia a hard working doctor her cares about her town and the people in it. But as the script changes it seems as if Biel gets confused as what to portray. She becomes dispensable and has a placid face for the remainder of the second half. This is a bit of a problem as there is no one else to relate to as the film goes on. Biel is charged with carrying the film and seems to wobble at the stretch. Other than Biel there’s Jodelle Ferland who plays a mute girl who seems to know more than most in the town and Stephen McHattie who plays Lt. Dodd who seems to pop in and out of the film.
The acting isn’t the only problem. The plot of the film runs smoothly for the first have and then all bets are off as to what’s happening. The plot becomes revolting and intangible at best. It takes a few moments to let the ending sink in. now with that said and this might sound as a contradiction but the film is not hard to follow. It’s just the way the Laugier pulled it off that makes the film confusing. The movie starts with a Biel in a hospital getting glass pulled out of her before going to a flash back which is the cause of some of the confusion. The film seemed to be rushed and should have taken a bit longer to wrap up since the ending left me with a sour taste my mouth.
The Tall Man is a disappointment since Martyrs was such a great film but for those who have not watch Laugiers previous work and are not expecting nothing out of it the movie should be an enjoyable one. All in all the Tall Man is a good time waster if there’s nothing else to watch. I would recommend this film for anyone who is interested in a thriller with a twist and or anyone who is a fan of Jessica Biel. 3 out of 5.