In The Tall Grass is a movie that starts with beautiful cinematography in the opening scene, a vast sea of green as a car cruises down an old highway. The first two actors we see are Avery Whitted (Some IMDB credits but no Wiki page) and Layla De Oliveira (same) which are both unrecognizable actors. This was very welcoming. Anytime you start a movie with actors you don’t know (as long as they are good) makes the film more believable.
Unfortunately, that thought left me not too long into the movie. It’s basically about a few family’s that get trapped in a field. The field will rearrange your location. So you could see a house ten feet away and then a second later its one hundred feet away in a different direction. There’s time travel and….I don’t know if you will watch it, but I don’t want to spoil anything.
The film was directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) and written by Stephen King. But don’t get your hope’s up. In an interview with the Verge, Natali says he doesn’t even know if Stephen King read his script. I really hope that’s true.
To me, this movie looks and feels too much like M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. There’s one scene less than halfway through that basically starts to explain the situation logically, and it starts making sense, BUT then towards the end, that idea is twisted and forgotten and you realize the film is not going in the direction you thought it was. Now it doesn’t make sense at all and you’re stuck in a Cabin Fever type of movie.
If you really have nothing going on, the film does have a few good jump scares and one truly disturbing and scary scene. In terms of plot, you can forget about that halfway in.
In The Tall Grass has a 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. If you go in with low hopes, maybe you will get something out of it. Also, try not to let the young boys’ horrible acting skills ruin the movie for you, because that in itself is a large obstacle to overcome.