In the town of Cold Rock there is a terrible curse. Children have been vanishing into thin air and no one has any idea why. The townsfolk have started to blame the disappearances on The Tall Man, a local legend of a mysterious hooded figure who appears and snatched the children from plain sight never to be seen again. Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) is the town nurse whose deceased husband was the town’s beloved doctor. When her child is also taken, Julia pursues the abductor but eventually loses track of them. The people of Cold Rock suddenly turn on Julia and as she continues to search for the missing boy, the truth about what is happening in the small town starts to unravel, sending shockwaves throughout the population.
From the initial trailers for The Tall Man, I figured I was in for a standard urban legend type of horror film, where some mysterious paranormal entity is taking children from their beds. But as The Tall Man proceeds, I discovered I had no idea what I was in store for. The film starts out as I expected it to, but quickly transforms into something completely different, and the best part is, it keeps evolving as it continues. There must have been 6 separate times during the movie when I scratched my head and thought I was totally lost, only to have what was going on revealed to be completely different than what I may have suspected. I really don’t want to go into any other details about the plot as it would ruin the fun that is figuring out this film. Just trust me that the journey is worth it and the transformative nature of this story made it one of the more original stories I have seen in a long time. Performances all around are great, but Biel is the standout here, especially with the complexities of the labyrinthine plot and what it requires of her. And you even get a nice little role filled by the always welcome Stephen McHattie. A great bonus.
The Blu-ray from Image is great! The scenic mountain backdrops and dark foreboding forest surrounding the town comes through with great detail, nice colors and deep blacks. Close-up detail is really sharp and clear and the soundtrack is solid with some great environmental surround effects. A great story that will keep you guessing and transform even the genre of the movie you are watching makes The Tall Man a hidden gem and a great little thriller to cozy up with on a cold October night. Highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.