Walking Tall

2004

Action / Crime

110
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 25%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 60029

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Dwayne Johnson as Chris Vaughn
Cobie Smulders as Exotic Beauty
Neal McDonough as Jay Hamilton
Kevin Durand as Booth
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1hr 26 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ronin47 7 / 10

The time has come to admit that the Rock is just plain cool (***)

I hate wrestling, but when I saw "The Rundown" last year I had to admit, The Rock is one cool guy, and a perfect action star. He's big and tough, but most importantly he's charismatic and has a sense of humor and a certain softness that actually makes him seem somewhat vulnerable. This is what sets him apart from someone like Vin Diesel, who was all set to be the next big action star but never was because he has no personality or sense of humor.

"Walking Tall" is a remake of a 1973 based-on-fact film about a man who fights back against corruption in his town by becoming sheriff and waging war on the bad guys. I haven't seen the original, but I'm willing to bet it's closer to the truth than the 2004 "Walking Tall", which is packed with more machine guns, axes, exploding trucks, and gunfighting strippers than anything that's "based on fact" could possibly be.

Here, Vaughn returns home after years of being away to find his hometown in shambles and dependent on a corrupt casino run by drug-dealing, knife-wielding thugs. After he receives a brutal beating and his nephew (Khleo Thomas, from "Holes") nearly overdoses on crystal meth bought there, the war is on. My inner 12 year-old says "Woohoo!".

Yes, this film is ridiculously over the top. It's also completely predictable. But it's FUN. A lot of fun, in fact. It's extremely fast paced, well-acted, the action scenes are excellent, and at just under 80 minutes, it's exceptionally lean too. Not one unnecessary or drawn-out scene.

"Walking Tall" doesn't aim to be anything except old-fashioned popcorn entertainment, and it succeeds, yet it has been made with surprising artistry as well. The cinematography is very good, and there are some interesting things done with sound and unexpected fade-outs. Also, Vaughn is an interestingly complex hero (complex as far as these movie go, anyway). At one point, when he clearly wants to bring a loaded shotgun into a fight with him, he hesitates, and brings a less-deadly 2x4 instead. It's a neat moment.

So it's not going to be winning any awards any time soon. But I had a really good time, plain and simple, and the audience I saw it with did too.

Reviewed by adonis98-743-186503 10 / 10

One of the Rock's most underrated gems!!!

A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house. Action Packed, Hilarious and full of kicking and punching 'Walking Tall' has The Rock at his best doing what he knows best, Johnny Knoxville is also good as his friend and Neal McDonough is perfect as the film's main antagonist plus i loved the fight scenes in the Casino and the final confrontation in the woods also the scene in the Court was dramatic enough and Dwayne showcased some fantastic dramatic chops, overall a great and terrific action film. (A+)

Reviewed by Wuchak 5 / 10

By-the-numbers rural cop drama/thriller with The Rock

Released in 2004 and directed by Kevin Bray, "Walking Tall" is a rural drama/thriller starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as ex-soldier Chris Vaughn, who returns to his small town home in Kitsap County, Washington (the Puget Sound area), where he discovers corruption has taken over; the nucleus being a casino owned by the pompous Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough). Since the police are in league with Hamiliton, Vaughn decides to run for Sheriff to clean up the town. Johnny Knoxville is on hand as Vaughn's sidekick while John Beasley plays his dad, Ashley Scott his ex-girlfriend and Kristen Wilson his sister.

This is a loose remake of the hit 1973 film based on real-life sheriff Buford Pusser. The biggest changes are that Vaughn is trying to stop the selling of illegal drugs rather than illegal moonshine, and the film's setting has switched from rural Tennessee to rural Washington (although shot in Squamish, British Columbia, which is close enough geographically).

"Walking Tall" takes its time to set up the rural town community – Vaughn's mixed-racial family, his friends & acquaintances, the police and the workers of the casino. Everything amps-up in the second act when he visits the casino and doesn't like what he sees. This is a solid, if unexceptional, crime drama/action flick marred by a cartoony climax that is so overdone it almost seems cut & pasted from another movie.

The film runs 86 minutes.

GRADE: C+ or B- (5.5/10)

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