Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Tall Man
Here is the Netflix description of this film:
“The faded mining town of Cold Rock is haunted by a lethal specter known as the Tall Man, thought to be behind the disappearance of numerous children. When Julia Denning's son David also vanishes, she sets out to unlock the chilling mystery herself.”
And here is why I rarely trust their descriptions.
1. It is quite clear early on in the film that the Tall Man is no specter but some dude who is abducting the town’s children. There is nothing supernatural here whatsoever.
2. Julia Denning does not “set out to unlock a chilling mystery”, she chases down the fucker in the midst of the abduction and fights with him (this scene is the single reason it is getting 2 ½ stars from me by the way).
Now putting this description aside, I have several other complaints about this film in general. First of all, if everyone in town acknowledges that there is a problem hanging on to your children here then wouldn’t any decent parent pack up their double wide and truck on down to a new white trash trailer park in the next town over? Secondly, after the attempted abduction of David a certain weirdness is revealed regarding Julia Denning and it takes far too long to make any headway on explaining it. Tony lost interest and went to play on his computer until it was over. I get where they were going and the underlying message that was conveyed I just didn’t find it as profound as I feel it was meant to be. Once they eventually get to the big plot reveal, to me it was a total let down, like watching an M. Night Shyamalan flick, “What a tweest!” It’s my own fault really, I saw tall man and specter and imagined the ghost of Angus Scrimm grabbing up kids and terrorizing the town. Now THAT would make a cool movie!