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Tall Man [Blu-ray]

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Tall Man: A Film That Comes Up Short Feb. 10 2014
Format:DVD
Darkness has descended over the northwestern town of Cold Rock. One by one the children are disappearing but do not be alarmed, this film too will disappear as fast as it was made. Truly one of the worst films I have ever seen in my life and I have seen a lot of films. Lets start with Jessica Biel, an actress who recently reported that she is too busy being famous to have children (I guess thats why the character she plays in this film is going around kidnapping other parents children] I think Biel should be nominated for the next Golden Raspberry Award for worst actress in a horror film. Not only is Mrs. Timberlakes acting in this film bad, what is worse is the storyline: Children vanish without a trace in a small town where everyone seems to sit around in a small town diner drinking their small town drinks and thinking their small town thoughts. None of the townsfolk seem to really be out searching for the missing children, even the police do not seem to make it much of a priority and not to mention the acting talents of William B Davis who played the Smoking Man on the X-Files being wasted. Davis plays a cop named Chestnut and he looks as lost as the other actors in the film (maybe he is waiting around for a U.F.O to get him the hell out of the film. The other actors seem to be waiting around for a better script. I expected The Tall Man to be a bloody good horror film but its just bloody horrible. Biel plays a nurse who is on a mission to kidnap children to "save" them from their poverty ridden town in order to give them a better life with much more wealthier and loving parental figures. When she is finally caught and locked up and facing the death penalty,she gives a Razzie winning performance preaching about why she has taken the children away. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars This Is Not Scary Movie At All.You’ll See. Jan. 31 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
“I can’t figure this movie out”I have no idea why these people give this five stars,is she
killing these kids because she don’t want people to kidnap them,I’m at a lost here,
one thing for certain though,there's so many unanswered question with holes big as
the Atlantic ocean that will never be answered,because their were no special features left
from the director,of what his vision was,maybe that’s a good thing,
I see amazon has the wrong Aspect Ratio here.
Widescreen 2.35:1
DTS-HD Master Audio.
Runtime 106 Minutes.
This Is Not Scary Movie At All.You’ll See.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tall Man May 17 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Tall Man

Thank you that was fast service. I haven't seen it yet but I hope the movie will be good when I get to viewing it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting ending and unexpected. May 6 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I really enjoy suspense movies with a plot surrounding serial killers and/or kidnappers. This movie kept my interest from start to end. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys to be kept in suspense. I was not let down by the ending either, so I won't spoil it. Go see it!!
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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  125 reviews
50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Masks And A Movie Aug. 19 2012
By Mark Eremite - Published on Amazon.com
THE TALL MAN is a social morality play disguised as a thriller disguised as a horror. It takes place in Cold Rock, a Washington mining town that has been devastated by the economy. Most of the citizens are dysfunctional hicks and rednecks who seem content to scrabble among the woods, getting drunk, fighting, or just rocking in front of the diner and watching it all waste away. Everyone, that is, except for Julia (Jessica Biel), the widowed nurse/wife of the town's only doctor ("He held this community together," more than one persons says). She is beautiful, poised, and has the determination and grit of a Terminator-era Linda Hamilton as she saves the lives of illegitimate babies in her ramshackle clinic (which used to be a school), or confronts abusive molesters in their trash-strewn front lawns.

Big problem with the town: kids are disappearing. No one knows how, but the kidnappings happen so rapidly -- sometimes in broad daylight -- that people have invested the events with a supernatural fear, believing they are done by a shadowy figure that they call The Tall Man. When Julia's own son, David, is kidnapped by the figure, she goes on a relentless pursuit for the child. What follows is a tense and also baffling series of events as the movie yanks one rug after another out from beneath its unsuspecting audience. The movie, in other words, isn't about what you think it's about.

It certainly keeps you on your toes. Even seasoned viewers who are good at figuring most movies out will probably need two or three guesses to put their finger on the secret of The Tall Man. In this sense, it keeps the film from feeling stale or too melodramatic, and the story's air of mystery lasts until the final moments. The end result isn't quite as amazing or deep as the preceding events wish it was, but it does offer the audience a sticky philosophical question that may or may not prompt discussion. This question might have been more tantalizing if the film had given us more exposition -- shown us more of the town and its families, both before and after the abductions, as well as given us a clearer sense of Julia's character -- but so much energy is expended on the thrilling start to Act Two, as well as on keeping the audience guessing, that by the time all is revealed, it is done so with an exhausted, nearly half-hearted sigh. In fact -- nearly unforgivably -- the movie delivers its final moralistic question mark directly to the audience three times in a row. The last shot may as well have been a screen shot with the words "DISCUSS" written on it.

It's not done poorly, but the movie doesn't parcel out every answer that it should. It's worth a watch if you're sick of the traditional thriller formula.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters come in many sizes and shapes - and the worst ones are those with a heart... Sept. 27 2012
By Maciej - Published on Amazon.com
This very good film shocked me as few others did since "Seven", surprised me as few others did since the "Usual suspects" and in a couple of scenes also scared me (although ultimately it was not half as scary as I expected).

The story happens in Cold Rock, a little half-abandoned town in the state of Washington, where for the last couple of years somebody or SOMETHING abducted seventeen little children, babies or toddlers. There never was a viable suspect and no bodies were ever found. Terrified local residents nick named the person or THING behind those appearances "The Tall Man". A local nurse, Julia Dening, will finally become extremely concerned by the question "Who, or WHAT, is The Tall Man". A mute young girl, Jenny (Jodelle Ferland), who is the only one to really have seen "The Tall Man" with her own eyes, holds maybe some clues to solve the riddle...

This is a very clever, very surprising thriller which manages to preserve the suspense for a very long time. I managed to understand what is going on a little bit earlier than it was openly revealed, but still, it was only 10 minutes before the end...

Actors are doing great. Jessica Biel is here excellent and as always extremely beautiful. Joelle Ferland proves once again her great talent - she will be a great star one day! William B. Davis, the "Smoking Man" from X-Files, plays the role of the local old and slightly hapless sheriff - or is he really so hapless? Stephen McHattie, a Canadian veteran actor, does a great job as a tenacious detective, Lieutenant Dodd (he is mostly known from second roles, but his threatening face is rather unforgettable...). Last but not least, there is Colleen Wheeler, who plays Ms. Johnson, a local crazy woman - Ms Johnson is a secondary but important character and Colleen Wheeler played her perfectly.

I would advise to NOT read more detailed reviews or even watch the trailers, so you can go see this film like I did, without knowing anything else other than what we can guess from the poster at the cinema entry. The surprises are important and the director did all he could to give us lots of false clues to prevent the secret of being found too early.

Now, if what you need is a classical horror, here you risk to be a little bit disappointed, because this film is... well, something different. As father of little children myself I must say that I was quite troubled by the whole story and GREATLY shocked and upset by the solution. But I am not giving any more clues. Enjoy the film and decide yourself what you think of it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all Jan. 8 2014
By Michael Azi - Published on Amazon.com
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what I expected. Actually, scratch that. Not at all what all the marketing around this movie wanted you to believe. That being said it kept me glued to the screen till the final credits. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rent it, buy it, borrow it, just see it. May 28 2014
By Dragon Boy - Published on Amazon.com
For me to write a movie review nowadays, a film has to be either really, really good, or really, really bad. Although I don't like to criticize the reviews by other people, sometimes a large number of folks just get it wrong. In the case of The Tall Man, both factors are present, thus my decision to take a moment to comment. This movie is unbelievably good. I went into it with the worst of expectations, assuming it was some kind of slasher flick with a name actor who needed the money. Nothing could be further from the truth as I was quite literally blown away by the quality of the story, the acting, the photography, every bit of it the equal of films with ten times the budget. This is a movie worth owning. Why? If for no other reason, it's one to have friends over to watch, or to loan out, and when you hear from them how big this little movie was, you can then take some of the credit. Just a suggestion. Take me up on it and you won't be sorry. Well, unless you're one of those who thought they saw the movie but obviously didn't. Maybe they were hoping for a cheap slasher flick with a name actor who needed the money. What we need are more films of this quality and imagination. I wasn't even a big Biel fan until this movie. That's how good it is. Enough said.
59 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, Exasperating Waste of Time Sept. 2 2012
By J. Manzella - Published on Amazon.com
I do not normally leave reviews but I felt the need to warn people away from this movie because it is truly awful. Jessica Biel must have owed someone associated with this movie a big favor. I have no other explanation as to why she would have agreed to do this film.

She spends most of her time simply staring, dazed, into the eyes of various people, saying nothing. The viewer knows she is the only person who has any idea what's happening and the writer and director perform the most infuriating acrobatics to ensure she reveals nothing.

You wait and wait... and wait for the reveal - and nothing ever happens.

This is most assuredly not a horror movie and it's only a thriller if you're thrilled by 90 minutes of an exaggeratedly coy demeanor and excessively obtuse behavior.

The manner in which this movie slowly culminates into some bizarre socio-political statement is akin to watching a very old man walk up a long flight of stairs, occasionally fishing in his pockets along the way and each time coming out with nothing.
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