Walking Tall Review
The Rock is on a bit of a roll at the moment. After his appearance in The Mummy it was believed he would just disappear back into the wrestling world, but no, he stayed on and started creating a name for himself as the next action superstar in Hollywood. To be honest I have grown to like this guy and his approach to action films, he actually appears to have some brains and the ability to string a few sentences together, something Arnie always struggled with.
Inspired by a true story, Walking Tall starts out with some great promise. Chris Vaughn (The Rock) a special operations officer has returned to his small home town, looking to gain employment in the Lumber yard where his father worked all his life. However he discovers the mill has been closed down by his former school classmate Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough) after he inherited his fathers businesses. Walking back to his parents he discovers the Town has gone downhill with high unemployment, drugs being sold in street corners and the main employer being Hamilton's Casino. After meeting up with his former friends and in particular his best mate Ray (Johnny Knoxville) they are invited by Hamilton to have a VIP night at the casino. Of course not all goes well and Vaughn soon discovers what is actually going on. After receiving a nasty beating Vaughn decides to stand for Sheriff and clean the town up, but many stand in his way and it's not going to be easy.
Walking Tall is a mild action film and certainly sets itself up nicely in the first few reels of the movie. However the final acts of the film predictably fall into all out action and fighting scenes, which have been seen before and ultimately fail to do justice to what has gone before it. Character development seems to have been dropped early on for action scenes which are poorly choreographed. This is a shame as The Rock is one actor who could carry a more dramatic and better developed role. Saying that, it is not all bad news and to be fair Walking Tall is fun once you get over the disappointment that the intriguing premise is going now where but into full out action. Could have been far better, but certainly not a stinker like some, recommended if you like your action movies, a rental viewing if not.