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Walking Tall – Review

30 April 2005 No Comment

“Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?” VeXx desperately trying to impersonate the Rock. Walking Tall is the story of Chris Vaughn’s (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) homecoming. Instead of relaxing in front of the TV, enjoying his mother’s home-cooked meals or showing off his new tattoos (to his old high school buddies), Chris, a retired soldier is shocked to find that the once prosperous community has been stained by the criminal activities of one of his old high school rivals, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough). Unwilling to accept the town’s fate, Chris decides to take matters into his own hands and with great conviction bellows to the villains:

“Shut your mouth when the Rock is talking to you, you claim that you own the People’s Town… now the Rock knows that you’ve got to be kidding. The Rock says you need to take this big piece of wood, charge it up real nice, turn it sideways, and stick it right up your candy asses… 


ViXen: “VeXx… you know that he didn’t really say that, do you?”

VeXx: “Well he could have if it was an episode of Raw”

ViXen: “*sigh*” maybe it’s time you stopped watching wrestling.”

Chris manages to get elected sheriff and with the help of his pal, Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville), vows to shut down Hamilton’s operations. 

Walking Tall is action pack, and just the thing you need after a long stressful day at the office. It’s mindless violence, with a refreshing hint of comedy. It seems with Schwarzenegger in politics and Stallone rapidly fading from Hollywood’s radar, The Rock is the next muscled action superstar.

It is one of those movies, where the key is not to expect too much. I enjoyed the countless clichés, bad one-liners and overdone effects. In my book, Walking Tall is definitely one to watch, but those who expect to see the Rock perform his signature “People’s Elbow or the Rock Bottom” on the villains “candy asses”, will be surely disappointed. Similarly those who expect anything intelligent or a cinematic tour de force, should seek “their fix” elsewhere. 

Director: Kevin Bray

Producer: Jim Burke, Paul Sciff, Lucas Foster, Ashok Amritrai, David Hoberman

Screenwriter: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, David Klass, Channing Gibson

Stars: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Johnny Knoxville, Kristen Wilson, Neal McDonough, Ashley Scott, John Beasley, Khleo Thomas 

RATING: 6.8/10

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Reviewed by VeXx for Africasgateway.com

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