"The Tall Man (2012/Blu-ray/Image Entertainment)" Review

In a small sleepy town children start to vanish without a trace. Locals blame it on a mysterious legend called "The Tall Man". After local nurse Julia wakes up one night to find her child David to be gone she goes into the darkness to save him. Will the local legend once again get away with another child or will the Tall Man finally be stopped? Get ready for the ride of your life in this edge of your seat thriller!

Review: With a title like "The Tall Man" all I can seem to think of is the Phantasm series. Just to be clear this has nothing to do with that series at all, this is more of a roller coaster ride thriller. I was very much impressed that this film was more of a genuine thriller instead of a straight up horror film. This film was directed by Pascal Laugier who also directed the amazingly twisted film "Martyrs". That film was amazing so I knew I was in for something good when diving into The Tall Man. The only thing I was a little skeptical about initially was Jessica Biel being in the leading role, she is one actress that I never really cared much for before. I can say that my skepticism quickly went away when the film got going.
Along with Jessica Biel the rest of the cast did a brilliant job as well, even if they only were on the screen here and there. I was especially glad that they chose a kid to play David that was not annoying like you can get with kids in films like this one. Now I really can't talk too much about the plot of this film because it is one of those that seriously twists and turns like a roller coaster, and I could ruin the film just by saying the wrong thing. I will say that it is loaded with suspense that really left me guessing and trying to figure out what the hell was going on. I say that in a good way.
With the awesome cast I can without a doubt say that the writing was top notch and brilliantly written. You can really tell that the director knows how to take very suspenseful atmosphere and use it to his advantage when telling the story. The palette had a very washed out look which I think helped add to the overall feel of this film. To me Jessica Biel looks a little too ghostly pale most the time though. Overall this is a film I can see myself coming back to and watching on a cold fall night like I did when first ever viewing it. If you want a truly great thriller than I highly suggest you go pick The Tall Man up!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Pascal Laugier
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Blu-Ray Release Year: 2012
Theatrical Release Year: 2012
Time Length: 106 mins.
Company: Image Entertainment
Website: www.watchimage.com