DVD REVIEW: The Tall Man

“Fear Takes a New Shape”…who writes this stuff? “When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abduct children.” This is the line they use to sell you the movie.

Julia Denning (‘Jessica Biel’ ) is the local nurse whose husband died years earlier. She is soon personally involved as her child is taken. She tries to track down where the child is taken, but finds that there’s more to what’s happening than she knew. The towns-folk start to turn on her and the truth comes out.

Really? What a crock! I don’t mind a little mis-direction, but this is simply not true. Personally, I don’t think that giving such fundamental untruths about the characters in the plot synopsis is the right way to create a twist in the film.

This is not a generic horror movie in which a widowed parent saves their child from a mysterious creep/ghost etc. Whats it really is, is a social statement that if you are poor & uneducated, chances are you’re a terrible parent and prone to abuse your children, but fear not as a beautiful nurse will kidnapped your children and her husband will relocate them with another family who are better parents and better people because they are rich. And kids love their new rich parents and their finishing school.

The film is riddled with flaws. In this close-knit community, Biel has somebody else’s child, but nobody else knows about it. The authorities appear to know about this particular abduction, even sympathising with the real mother, but don’t question Biel or raid her house. And don’t even start me on the scene where she is being dragged behind a truck, but walk away with only minor injuries.

To be honest, I found The Tall Man an affront to me as a parent. No parent is perfect, usually quite far from it in the eyes of our children. Children don’t come with instructions, and as parents most of us do the best job we can, and hope that our children will understand the decisions we make as we get older.

I know dads who are pretty lousy at making quality time to spend with their families, perhaps even quite selfish in how they pursue their personal interests. But they work hard, provide for their families, put their financial needs ahead of their own, pull their weight with the housework – these are not bad parents, so setting forth the proposition that they should be judged by someone else and then have their children “rescued” is quite offensive.

It’s only April, but I have a hard time believing I will see a worse film this year…

Rating: 1/5
Reporter: S/Fx-67

One comment

  1. Michelle /

    I had two words at end of the movie ,but as I’m a lady I will not repeat ! Hard hitting very close to the bone very harsh movie ! This should not be glorified for its context !! Absolutely shocking !!

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