Toujours aussi manipulateur dans le maniement d'une intrigue en strates, avec son efficace twist à mi-parcours, Pascal Laugier déçoit pourtant en permanence, par l'inconsistance de certains personnages (comme la jeune fille muette) une fragilité scénaristique (l'enlèvement "théâtralisé" de David) et quelques inconsistances dans l'existence d'une véritable organisation post-kidnapping. www.cinefiches.com
A huge disappointment after the power and originality of Laugier's MARTYRS. The film moves at a snail-like pace and the plot is far too implausible and muddled to get an audience caring. Moreover, there is something deeply unsettling about the politics of the film, which essentially sees poverty as incurable and the only way to save children of poor families is to steal them away to the middle classes.
Garbage. Pascal Laugier made one of the best horror films of recent years with "Martyrs' a few years ago but unfortunately lightning has not struck again here. Confused narrative that keeps changing direction as it goes on with lesser and lesser results. Performances are a can-con version of central casting save american Biel. Reminded me of those dreadful tax shelter flicks of the late seventies. Skip it.
Marketed as horror, but really a thriller. Is Laugier's hallmark to employ a dramatic shift in tone that brings the viewer out of a horror film and into a very different one? Subverting audience expectations could be a really powerful tool if expertly employed. However, Tall Man and Martyrs' bigger ideas are tenuously held together. A poorly thought-out comment on classism, ethics of third world adoption, &tc.
One of those films that's frustrating because you can't really talk about it without spoiling it--and the spoilers, or the places where the film ends up in the third act are quite disappointing. At the same time, I really admired the craft in this film while I was watching it, and the care put into the twists and turns--the story's told with conviction, I'm just not sure I wanted to be told this particular story.
Three years ago, if you had told me Pascal Laugier was going to follow up "Martyrs" - an undeniably shocking and brutal horror film - with a movie that felt like a Monster of the Week episode of "The X-Files" crossed with a late 90's survival-horror video game...I would have never believed you. The ending of "Martyrs" felt like a revelation; the conclusion here is merely preposterous. I have to admit disappointment.
this was much better than, and nothing like, what i thought it would be. though not an A+ movie, there was still some decent content, and rather than offer a simple twist at the end, it manages to change your perception slowly as it progresses. while it may not win any awards or become a number one film, that feat is still pretty impressive.
Scattershot; feels like six movies crammed into one. Doesn't pull off subversion as well as Martyrs, mostly because the pre-twisty bits are dull and I could barely be bothered to pay attention. Biel's good but the direction is dull and the score is just fucking terrible. The ending hints at promise but, you know...then it ends.
Tight and focused execution on Laugier's part but ultimately "The Tall Man" is not as great as the story and the director's reputation would lead you to believe. The fact that it is not a horror film sits very well, as it was refreshing for it to develop more into a gritty drama that puts many truths about America (and the Western world) on display. Interesting, but not fantastic. Jessica Biel was surprisingly good.