In a small town, children are vanishing without a trace, being abducted in the middle of the night. The people of the town gossip about a mysterious man they refer to as "The Tall Man'. The town nurse is extremely skeptical of this "Tall Man" until one dreadful night when her young son David is abducted. Pascal Laugier's The Tall Man takes advantage of the primal fear which every parent has, in discovering that your child is gone. Early on the film plays like a ghost story with mysticism surrounding this "Tall Man", but the whole film inevitable falls apart due to an unnecessary amount of plot twists and turns. The story in general leaves a lot to be desired and given the subject matter, it's pretty sad how little this film interested me on an emotional level. Pascal Laugier is a pretty talented filmmaker, who really does his best to make this film as interesting as he possibly can. His style serves the story well, picking its moments in establishing a nice creepy atmosphere. Given that the film is full of narrative twists I can't really discuss the story, but it all just comes off as a little too absurd and ultimately uninteresting because of that fact. The Tall Man isn't really a thriller or horror film, but a rather poorly done social critique that doesn't really work in the context of the film - with the one exception possibly being the final sequence, in which the critique is spelled out for the viewer.
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