2019 TIFF Movie Review: THE GIANT (USA 2019)

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A teenager’s small town life is changed forever when a series of murders begin on the same night that her missing boyfriend suddenly reappears.


David Raboy


David Raboy

Writer/director David Raboy tackles for his debut feature after shorts THE GIANT and BEACH WEEK an ambitious dark suspense thriller.  Charlotte’s (Odessa Young) life is changed forever when the teenager’s small Georgia town is shaken by the beginning of a series of murders on the same night that her missing boyfriend coincidentally reappears.  

As an unknown killer on the loose preys on young women over the course of a summer, Charlotte has to navigate this new danger while also struggling to recover from the trauma of her mother’s recent suicide.  With his cinematographer Eric Yue, Raboy creates an eerie atmosphere with stunning visuals aided with a solid soundtrack.  

But Raboy’s choppy narrative, often inane dialogue and fondness of  beginning each segment vaguely lends to a film that is both difficult to understand or make sense.  The introduction of the supernatural element only near the film’s end adds to the confusion.  A good-looking disappointment!