Friday, June 6, 2014

The Tall Man (2012)

Jenny is a widow who works as a nurse in a small town that's fallen on hard times after the mine closed. She spends her days working as a nurse, and at night takes care of her young son.

Children have been disappearing from town. Local legend attributes the disappearances to a figure of legend known as the Tall Man.  Some people claim to have seen him, while others believe it's just a story.

One night Jenny, who is skeptical of the legend, sees her son being whisked out of the kitchen by a man in a black hood.  She gives chase, which leads to a great action scene as she chases the kidnapper and even hangs off his vehicle in her pursuit to save her son.  Unfortunately things don't go well for Jenny, but it's great to see a female protagonist who is not a weak screaming woman.

But things are not as they seem and there are several twists which send you places you didn't expect to go. I don't really want to say too much about the plot after the initial kidnapping and rescue attempt because if you don't know what's going to occur, it's going to throw you.   This is a twisty, turny movie which starts out great, but left me unsatisfied with the second half and resolution.

When I first heard of this film, I wondered if it was a Phantasm spin off due to the name but it has nothing to do with that film series.

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