Creepy, tall and takes the tots – is he some kind of "Phantasm?" Nope, it’s the new to Blu-ray Jessica Biel thriller "The Tall Man," out Sept. 25 from Image Entertainment. The hooded figure and review awaits below!
Title: "The Tall Man"
Grade: 3 1/2
Cast: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis
Director: Pascal Laugier
Runtime: 106 minutes
Release Company: Image Home Entertainment
The Flick: "The Tall Man" cleverly begins as standard thriller fare, but it starts to become evident that the film has been written and directed by someone who has a plan. There’s much hidden inside the long coat of this tall man (and it’s not Angus Scrimm!) and it slowly elevates a tale about kids being kidnapped by a hooded figure into much darker and captivating territory. It’s by far the best work I’ve seen from Jessica Biel thus far, as she transforms herself into an emotional shell of a person – and effectively I might add. Director Pascal Laugier is no dummy and unconventionally takes inspiration from the likes of "High Tension" and "Gone Baby Gone" to infuse some fresh blood into a tired genre. Intriguing stuff that will have you thinking after – guaranteed.
Best Feature: There’s only a single but interesting 'Visual Concepts' section where the boards look more like amazing artwork, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed and the disc grade wasn't affected by the lack of commentary by either Laugier or Biel.
Best Hidden Gem: Loved seeing, even briefly, the harsh-voiced Stephen McHattie, but also there was a lovely promo postcard (not part of the DVD release - sorry folks!) for the serene town of Cold Rock included with the disc – it says 'for the perfect family vacation.' (If you want your family to be traumatized!)
Worth the Moola: Much more then it seems, "The Tall Man" fills big shoes with unpredictability.