Cold Rock, U.S.A. Children have gone missing over the years leaving neither a clue nor a witness. Superstitious locals talk of The Tall Man, a legendary, mysterious dark figure who takes children away never to be seen again.
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[MOTELx] I don't get the Laugier hype within the horror community. But i do love the community. The only authentic community alive in cinephilia-land and the best crowd in a movie theater. I was just let down by the story. It had a good concept but i think it lacked the courage to fall deeper in the hole. Noé-style. So worried about losing the viewer, it actually loses the viewer. Fear of being afraid. I so get it.
A fairy tale/campfire story only in veneer, but this faux-disassociation from reality furthers that it's maybe the best example of agit-prop progressiveness of its decade, a thoughtful deconstruction of capitalist social-economic divisions and our creation of ever-illusive enemies (communism, the poor, etc.) personified by The Tall Man to sweep our 3rd-world problems under the patchwork flag of the American Dream.
Three years ago, if you had told me Pascal Laugier was going to follow up "Martyrs" - an undeniably shocking and brutal horror film - with a movie that felt like a Monster of the Week episode of "The X-Files" crossed with a late 90's survival-horror video game...I would have never believed you. The ending of "Martyrs" felt like a revelation; the conclusion here is merely preposterous. I have to admit disappointment.
Tight and focused execution on Laugier's part but ultimately "The Tall Man" is not as great as the story and the director's reputation would lead you to believe. The fact that it is not a horror film sits very well, as it was refreshing for it to develop more into a gritty drama that puts many truths about America (and the Western world) on display. Interesting, but not fantastic. Jessica Biel was surprisingly good.
An interesting fairy tale. Laugier's leit-motifs (e.g. deranged women, innocent children abused by grown ups, underground spaces as metaphors for the subconscious), not forgetting his stylistic trademarks (e.g. plot twists) are not amiss. After "Martyrs", I was expecting another gore fest, but Jessica Biell's role as star/ producer likely forced Laugier to tame his sick imagination. The real horror? White trash.
Ok, first off this is not a horror movie eventhough it is marketed as one. The first 30 minutes plays like a really bad horror movie and I was close to turning it off. Then the plot took a left turn and the movie became very intriguing and I realized this is a drama with some harsh truths about the world we live in. Biel does a good job in the leading role and the direction is taut and assured.
Toujours aussi manipulateur dans le maniement d'une intrigue en strates, avec son efficace twist à mi-parcours, Pascal Laugier déçoit pourtant en permanence, par l'inconsistance de certains personnages (comme la jeune fille muette) une fragilité scénaristique (l'enlèvement "théâtralisé" de David) et quelques inconsistances dans l'existence d'une véritable organisation post-kidnapping.