Fear Takes A New Shape
The Tall Man (2012) is a mystery-thriller movie written and directed by Pascal Laugier.
Synopsis: Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) is a widow living in rural town Cold Rock in Washington. She stays and works as the town's local nurse after the doctor - her husband - passed away. Rumor has it that the town's children are kidnapped by "The Tall Man". When Julia's son is kidnapped, she tries to find him and the kidnapper. Who is 'The Tall Man'? What is the truth behind the kidnappings?
I like this verdict: The Tall Man is a spooky and atmospheric little thriller that contains some actual and unexpected surprises, which is rare for a thriller. It also manages to take its spooky ghost story premise, and turn it into something else entirely, ultimately turning the film into a social comment on wealth.
The twist-ending is not something you would expect. In the end, the movie leaves you with questions about the society. Are we aware of how messed up our current society is? Are we doing anything about it? Even if we do take actions, are our actions justifiable?
I don't know.
If you're the kind who enjoy no-nonsense, thought-provoking mini thrillers, you should watch this movie.