Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jason reviews The Tall Man

Well slap me silly and call me Susan; this was not the flick I was expecting. Not. One. Bit.

When her child goes missing, a mother (Jessica Biel) looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children. 

First off, this is going to be a tough review to write. I don't want to ruin things for people coming into The Tall Man having only read the above plot synopsis. Suffice to say, us horror fans get more than they bargained for with Pascal Laugier's ambitious little horror movie. And this is not a bad thing.

For one, child abduction is a touchy subject matter. I can see why this film hasn't received a wide release despite the presence of its lovely star. As a parent, some of this movie is hard to watch. It's not mean spirited or violent, but it does pack an emotional punch. And good on Laugier and Biel for not dialing down the content or pulling any punches. 

Biel gives the performance of her career here. She made a brave choice signing on to this film. It's not something a lot of leading ladies would want to tackle, no matter how things play out. She's as awesome as she is hot. And she is very hot.

Is the movie scary? It has its moments, and it fucks with you a lot along the way. I respect that. Laugier knows how to shoot a picture too. This is a beautiful looking film, moody and briskly paced. 

Again, I want to say more, but this is a film you need to see cold. For a while, I was disappointed, then I was blown away. That doesn't happen very often.

A Good from The Basement for me.

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