Starring: Jessica Biel, Stephen McHattie, Samantha Ferris, Jodelle Ferland
Director: Pascal Laugier
Set in the fictional town of Cold Rock Washington a once bustling mining town that has come to a screeching halt after the local mine shut down, now with a dwindling economy and no prospects the townsfolk have something else to worry about the disappearance of the local children. Local legend credits the vanishings to a mysterious figure known as the Tall Man.
You know a movie is in trouble when the star of the film is Jessica Biel and she is dressed down to look frumpy, with her key “Ass”-ets kept under wraps, while those delicious lips are denied makeup and made to look chapped at all times.
The Tall Man is a movie with as much unique identity as the character in the title, it doesn’t know if it wants to be a horror film, a thriller a drama or a mystery. It does none of these particularly well. Half way through the film throws in a twist that neither shocks the audience nor offers an original direction, it just switches gears giving the film another genre to butcher. When Julia Denning’s (Jessica Biel) Son is abducted the tone of the film goes from thriller to drama while singlehandedly failing in both aspects. Someone might want to explain to Biel that more goes into acting than simply being able to cry a single tear, it takes more than uglying her up to create a maternal quality. There is nothing done to create a menacing villian in the tall man. It’s simply an hour and a half of your time vanishing with more ease than the children of Cold Rock.