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Walking Tall (2004)

  Directed by: Kevin Bray
Written by: Mort Briskin, Channing Gibson, David Klass, Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, The Rock
Links: Walking Tall on the IMDb, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 1.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Walking Tall (2004) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Chinese Boxer (1970).

"Finally! A film by rednecks for rednecks!" - a review by andy-j

Walking Tall is about Chris Vaughn, a guy who returns to his home town after 8 years to find that it is no longer the quaint and peaceful town he grew up in. Since a casino was built, the whole place has suddenly become corrupt and twisted. God who am I kidding? Walking Tall is really just an excuse for one fight after another. The plot is absolute garbage - this is how it goes: Vaughn gets beaten up at a casino after accusing one of the dealers of cheating. He is left for dead, so, as revenge, he represents himself at his own trial, gets let off by the jury, and then becomes the Sheriff of the town. He finds out that security guards at the casino sold crystal meth to some teenagers, so Vaughn decides to bust the drug ring. So, while hooking up with some pole dancer from the casino (classy!) he then takes it upon himself to start killing and maiming the bad guys. You see, the message of this film is that if other people break the law, then it's your duty as a citizen to put yourself in a position of power which you can then abuse so that you too can break the law, and, through doing so, get your revenge. Really, it's insulting and it made me feel sick.

That plot summary might sound stupid and lacking details, but the way I explained it is pretty much how this film moves along. The plot is so rushed that nothing gets explained properly at all. One minute Vaughn is standing trial (which lasts all of 3 minutes), the next, he's walking around town as the Sheriff, carrying a piece of wood and breaking every law he can. No training or anything. Then he gets involved with this pole dancer girl. Suddenly she turns over a new leaf with no explanation and quits her job, and the next thing they're going for it on his desk. I guess we're meant to assume the two of them start a long-term relationship? See? It doesn't even TRY. It's like the screenwriters were too high to write the rest. The thing is, the film only goes for just over 85 minutes!! What the hell is going on? Gentlemen, relax! Deep breaths! Think about what you're writing! Maybe read back over it when you've gone for more than 24 hours without taking a pull of that joint. Write a second draft even. There's enough time for a plot AND your fight scenes too! And what's the deal? Nearly 13 minutes of end credits? How about 13 minutes of plot next time?

The acting is no-brainer stuff, which is probably just as well because that's all The Rock can do. The characters are trash, especially that of the deputy guy. The plot is trash. The fight scenes are violent and stupid. It's almost a shame because it was apparently based on a true story, one where a man presumably stood up to what he saw was wrong, and used his belief in himself to stand up to others, overcome the odds and, eventually, win out. There's not even a hint of that in this, which is insulting. This is truly one of the trashiest, most degrading, insulting, despicable, morally reprehensible, irresponsible and worst movies I've ever seen. Seriously pearly, mino: 1 isn't low enough.

andy-j gives this movie 1 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 15 Jul 2005

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