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Walking Tall
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Starring: Dwayne Johnson (heís The Rock if you didnít know), Neal McDonough, Johnny Knoxville
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: MGM
Web Site: www.walkingtallmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: See "Gratuitous Violence" to decide for yourself.
Date Movie: She'll probably want you to start getting in shape.
Gratuitous Sex: Ashley Scott prances around a lot in her red bra while dodging bullets.
Gratuitous Violence: This ain't no wrestling match, although Chris does a couple of moves.  Lots of gunfire, people getting pummeled, and a grisly scene with some ugly scars.
Action: Mostly violence, no real chase scenes.
Laughs: There are some funny moments.
Memorable Scene: Dismantling a truck looking for drugs.
Memorable Quote: Chris Vaugh to his lawyer: "You're fired!" - If it's good enough for Donald Trump, it's good enough for The Rock.
One of the bad guys:  "You stabbed me with a potato peeler!"
Directed By: Kevin Bray
Produced By: Paul Schiff, Ashok Amritraj, David Hoberman, Lucas Foster, Jim Burke

Walking Tall
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:27 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
So the WWE is now into making films. Yup, as I was watching the opening credits for "Walking Tall," I couldnít help but notice "WWE Films" rolling across the screen. As such, I am still on my crusade of Dwayne Johnson distancing himself from "The Rock" moniker. I heard him the other day on Howard Stern saying Vince McMahon gave the rights to "The Rock" to him, but until I see him in a film without "WWE Films" or Vince McMahonís name attached to it, Iím not buying it. Alright, enough of my ranting, letís get to "Walking Tall."

As Dwayne Johnson continues his quest to be the next action hero, this time he takes on the role of Buford Pusser in a remake of the original "Walking Tall," only he changes his name to Chris Vaughn because what half black, half Samoan would be named Buford. Anyway, heís back from his tour of duty with the Army Special Forces only to find his hometown has been turned into a cesspool thanks to one of his high school rivals, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough). It seems in the eight years Chris has been gone Jay has realized he is part Native American, opens a casino, becomes a drug dealer, pays off the cops, and gets the lumber mill closed down so he can control the town and ride around in his Cadillac Escalade. Well, Chris comes back, finds out that his job prospects at the mill are gone, and when his nephew has a crystal-meth overdose, well, Chris goes after Jay. Alright, he doesnít really go after Jay, more his casino and henchmen, and now the crooked sheriff locks up our hero. But is any jail large enough for Chris? Not when you use the defense that if you are acquitted of busting a bunch of skulls and trashing a manís business that you will run for sheriff and clean up the town.

So now Chris is the sheriff, and itís him against Jay and his men, including the old sheriff. Who do you call for help? Why, your old high school buddy, Ray, played fabulously by Johnny Knoxville, who if I might say is really showing himself to be a decent actor and not just a wacky Jackass kind of guy. Anyway, their mission, track the drug operation because thatís the only thing that could get Jay taken down. People get shot, a truck blows up, but in the end itís all about the big stick that Chris carries.

Enough plot, is the movie any good? Umm, if you just want to see Dwayne kick a lot of ass, the movie is fabulous, and if you want to see Ashley Scott (she plays Deni, Chrisí love interest) running around, avoiding getting shot, in some tight jeans and a sexy red bra, then this is the movie for you. If you want some overblown movie with no real sense of logic to it, then this movie is also for you. But if youíre looking for an intelligent storyline, believable scenes, and a logical trial scene, youíd better be renting "A Few Good Men." Sadly this isnít really a movie to show Dwayneís acting skills combined with fun action, nope, that was done with "The Rundown." "Walking Tall" is really a movie where he gets to just be a bad-ass.

In the end I was entertained, but not to the extent I would put this movie on a priority list to see. Itís 2 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "Walking Tall." A little bit more intelligent script rather than Chris and Jay falling three or four stories through the lumber mill, crashing into numerous pipes and objects on the way down, and all that really happens is Chris gets a busted up knee would have helped.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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