In The Tall Grass [2019] ★½

Movies based on Stephen King’s books tend to range from terrifying (“Misery”, “Pet Sematary”, It”) to complete rubbish (“Cell”). “In The Tall Grass” was co-written with his son Joe Hill and is currently streaming on Netflix. I wasn’t familiar with the source material and I hadn’t seen the trailer or read a single word about the movie when I saw it playing this week. The best thing I can say about this film is that it has an unusual premise: Two siblings driving on an empty road hear the cries of a young boy lost within a field of tall grass. They decide to rescue him, only to find themselves trapped in a maze with no way out. You’d think with a premise like this, the movie would have more surprises up its sleeve. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much it. In fact, it gets more and more convoluted as we move along, enough to make anyone lose interest only halfway through. I don’t know how focused the source material truly is, but I can’t remember the last time I wanted a Stephen King film to end. It’s a damn shame, because the story had potential. Sadly, it all adds up to zero.

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