I have been eagerly awaiting In the Tall Grass, a Netflix movie based on a novella written by Stephen King and Joe Hill. It was directed by Vincenzo Natali.
Becky and Cal, a brother and sister, pull up to the side of a road with a big field of grass next to it. Becky is pregnant and feeling sick. As they stand by the side of the road, they hear a child’s voice calling for help from the field. Obviously, they decide to go in and help him out. They become separated and soon realise they can’t find their way back. Not only that, strange things happen in terms of the distance and location between them. The little boys parents are also somewhere in the grass with them, also lost.
There is a lot to the plot that I am reluctant to recount as I don’t want to spoil the movie but it certainly more to the movie than just being lost in the grass. It’s a strange place, removed from linear time and locations. Nothing is what it seems. Don’t expect the story to make sense in the end as there is still a lot of mystery and questions to be answered.
Interestingly, the boy immediately said that it reminded him of The Cube (which I reviewed earlier this month) but in grass and the director was the director of The Cube…which kind of introduces to the kind of movie this is if you’ve seen The Cube. I enjoyed it, it reminded a little of Triangle (which is a movie that stuck in my head ever since I watched it). I wasn’t sure what to expect from a movie about people being lost in the grass but it kept me watching. The reviews seem mixed but I’m sitting in the middle. There are some disturbing moments and a claustrophobic feel.
While the boy said he wasn’t blown away he said it was good and gave it 4/5. I would give it a 3-3.5/5. Don’t expect answers but a good quirky supernatural mystery that’ll stay with you.