THE TALL MAN

Provocative Mystery

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Release Date: August 31, 2012

Starring: ** Provocative Mystery **

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 105 minutes

Distributor: Image Entertainment

Director: Pascal Laugier

Executive Producer: Jessica Biel, David Cormican,
Gerard Damaer, Thierry
Desmichelle, Nicolas Manuel,
Mark Montague, Olivier
Piasentin, Steven Schneider,
Lionel Uzan, Matthieu Warter,
Frank White

Producer: Kevin DeWalt, Clement Miserez

Writer: Pascal Laugier

Address Comments To:

Martin W. Greenwald, Chairman, Image Entertainment
20525 Nordhoff Street, Suite 200
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Phone: (818) 407-9100; Fax: (818) 678-5076
Website: www.image-entertainment.com

Content:

(PaPa, Ro, B, C, LLL, VV, S, AA, MM) Strong mixed, open-ended worldview with Romantic, moral, and redemptive elements that include condemnation of a cycle of poverty that has put children at risk and a character sacrifices their well-being for a cause; 46 obscenities and profanities (including about seven “f” words and some strong profanities); strong violence with some blood includes a couple pieces of glass painfully removed from woman’s face, image of woman who hanged herself, woman gets dragged by truck, woman hits female lead a couple times then gets hit herself and knocked unconscious, birth scene, man attacks wife and daughter during argument, chase scenes, woman knocked out and tied to chair but escapes, rock thrown through police car’s rear window; no sex scenes but mention of incest after birthing scene; no nudity; alcohol use and woman appears slightly drunk after implied drinking; no smoking or drugs; and, kidnapping of children from poverty stricken homes, woman hides truth, lewd insults.

Summary:

THE TALL MAN is a suspenseful mystery thriller about a nurse who seems to be trying to solve a series of child kidnappings in a poverty stricken mining town. THE TALL MAN turns out to be a surprising, provocative mystery with some unexpected twists, but there’s too much foul language and some intense strong violence, so extreme caution is advised.

Review:

THE TALL MAN starts off appearing as standard slasher/horror fare but winds up taking viewers on a Hitchcockian rollercoaster ride of suspense.

Jessica Biel stars as Julia Denning, a nurse in a rural, desolate town left reeling by the collapse of its mining industry. Narration by a mysterious teenage girl reveals the town has had 18 children disappear in the last few years. The town blames a shadowy figure called The Tall Man. Julia doesn’t believe in The Tall Man. When her own child goes missing, she’s determined to solve the mystery. An intense series of suspenseful plot twists follows.

THE TALL MAN is a first-class production on almost every level, with stellar writing, direction and performances. Unknown actors play all the supporting roles. Their anonymity makes their behavior more unpredictable.

THE TALL MAN seems like a standard horror movie at first, but eventually turns into a surprising mystery thriller. The ending turns out to be profoundly provocative. The final twists cleverly leave things up to the viewer to decide what’s right and wrong. The plot gets a bit confusing in the middle, however. Also, THE TALL MAN includes excessive foul language, some intense violence and a strong sense of dread and fear throughout. So, extreme caution is advised.

In Brief:

Jessica Biel stars in THE TALL MAN as Julia, a nurse in a rural, desolate town left reeling by the collapse of its mining industry. Narration by a mysterious teenage girl reveals the town has had 18 children disappear in the last few years. The townsfolk blame a shadowy figure called The Tall Man. Julia doesn’t believe in The Tall Man. When her own child goes missing, she decides to solve the mystery. An intense series of suspenseful plot twists follows.

THE TALL MAN is a first-class production on every level, with stellar writing, direction, and performances. It seems like a standard horror movie at first, but eventually turns into a surprising mystery thriller. The ending turns out to be profoundly provocative. The final twists cleverly leave things up to the viewer to decide what’s right and wrong. The plot gets a bit confusing in the middle, however. Also, THE TALL MAN includes excessive foul language, some intense violence and a strong sense of dread and fear throughout. So, extreme caution is advised.