The Tall Man


Pascal Laugier’s follow-up to Martyrs

There’s a fine horror of ideas hiding in Pascal Laugier’s follow-up to Martyrs, a generic bogeyman thriller that fumbles a costume change mid-performance.

Jessica Biel is the nurse caring for a crumbling ex-mining town where the children have begun to disappear, a by-the-numbers set-up until her own child is ’napped.

The film then takes a sharp left turn that obliterates our preconceptions and forces a hasty reconstruction of everything we’ve seen - it’s a gripping trick only let down by a slower final third act that can’t quite produce a compelling rationale for its extraordinary secret.

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