2012 / Director. Pascal Laugier.
I didn't know anything about The Tall Man and so I went into it blindly. It's about a former mining community in rural Washington that is plagued by a spate of child abductions. With the community impoverished and tormented by these tragic disappearances the people turn to an urban legend known as The Tall Man. Some people claim to have seen him enter the woods with children... Jessica Biel plays a widowed mother who's child vanishes. The first 20 minutes of this movie really caught my attention. It felt like a Stephen King story and the mystery was haunting and compelling... but then the movie becomes seriously convoluted with twists, turns & red herrings. Its difficult to make sense of it and the result is a shamble... despite making no sense, my curiosity forced me to preserver. Surely with all of these surprises there must be a logical outcome and reward at the end. But no... well, at least I didn't think so. Missing from the film is a subplot. The resolution and all of it's mechanics aren't explained. There's a back story to be told but they fail to explore it. The Tall Man looks good and builds itself on a great premise but it's such a shame that it got cocky and messy.