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Do you smell what the Rock is cooking?? lmao I love how the Rocks weapon of choice is a 2 X 4. Good stuff; not bad.

A likeable cast saved this from becoming a mundane straight to video release. Nothing ground breaking going on here, just an old fashioned action flick. The Rock shows he's not quite ready to boost a mediocre movie to the next level, but he's getting there.

Didn't think I would like this movie. Turned out to be a lot more enjoyable experience than I thought it would be. Dwayne Johnson returns home to every cliche in the book. That would normally annoy me. Johnny Knoxville plays a cliche. That would normally annoy me. There's the old friend/rival from high school. That would normally annoy me. What made me enjoy this one? Well, is actually turning out to have a decent screen presence. The action scenes are well done and there's just the right amount of humor here. Worth a watch.
"Chris Vaughn, you are no Buford Pusser." Those were my thoughts after viewing this horrid remake of the 1973 Joe Don Baker original. The WWE's own The Rock stars as the soldier returning home to a town that is not what it was when he left. Johnny Knoxville plays the comic-relief sidekick, and is terrible. Ashley Scott(Birds Of Prey) plays the former love interest and Neal McDonough(Boomtown) is the antagonist and although he was brilliant in Boomtown he is not in this. I liked The Rundown and even thought The Scorpion King was tolerable but this is not. The Trailer is a much better version of the movie than it is itself. At the point in which he becomes Sheriff I was completely not into the movie anymore and could have turned it off at anytime. The best scene is the 10 second shot of him in the road infront of the oncoming truck after he has taken his beating. The worst is up for grabs whether it is the football scene or the truck dismantling I will let you decide. I do hope for The Rock though that his next movie Doom will not as poorly cast or acted.

Character: 2 points
Plot: 1 points
Theme: 2 points
Acting: 0 points
Setting: 2 points
Music: 3 points
Style: 2 points
Originality: 0 points
Continuity: 5 points
Speed/Flow: 5 points
Total: 22 points
DVD First Viewing, 1 Bray film seen

At first, I thought this film was decent. The Rock is an alright actor, and I laughed when we were introduced to Johnny Knoxville's character. His name is Ray Ray (just like it was in A Dirty Shame). Although, as Walking Tall progressed, it got worse. I started cringing at every plot turn, and at EVERY thing The Rock did. This movie has the same moral problem as Stuart Gordon's King of the Ants. You can't make a revenge film (without any style) where the protaganist uses the same deplorable actions as the bad guys to seek their revenge. You can't go around shooting guys and hitting them with planks! If Toby Keith was a filmmaker, this would be his self-declared masterpiece. For others, it is unredeemable.
To: The Rock
From: Me
Subject: Walking Tall
Subtitle: "Please, go back to wrestling"

Dear Sir,

As I watched your newest movie, Walking Tall, I found myself getting a strange feeling of deja vu, and I thought to myself, "I've seen this before, haven't I?" Well, actually, I hadn't seen this movie before... but I had already seen The Rundown and The Scorpion King, and as it turns out, all of your movies are exactly the same, so I could actually save time and effort (it's a lot of work to press down on these keys) by just saying "I saw your movie, and I thought it sucked", because you really only have one movie, and you just keep changing the time in history that it's set in, and tweaking a couple parts here and there to make it make more sense (speaking relatively, of course).

Here, for your convenience, is the flow of each of your movies that I've seen (which translates into "all of them"):

1. The movie opens with a scene that involves The Rock (which is you, in case the fact that you go by an ambiguous and incredibly unoriginal nickname sometimes confuses you) beating down a bunch of people. This is probably done to "set the tone" of the movie with an action-packed fighting scene, even though we all knew it was coming anyway, which entirely defeats the point of "setting the tone" of the movie with it, because the tone has already been set by your presence in the cast.

2. You do something else for a while, and then get in another fight, which you lose. This results in you being imprisoned / tortured / yelled at by a cruel middle-aged man whose body you could probably break in half without a lot of effort.

3. You escape from your predicament and swear vengeance and/or get angry.

4. At this point, if not before, you enlist the aid of a wisecracking "sidekick"-type character, who is played by an actor that is known for his comedic roles and is therefore completely impossible to take seriously in any way, shape or form.

5. You return to enact your vengeance because you lost a fight.

6. At this point, if not before, there is a scene interjected, which is entirely scripted for comic relief. Examples include being raped by baboons, or ripping apart a truck.

7. At this point, if not before, you perform some physical feat that would be unimaginable for the average man, but you're the Rock, so you can handle it. Examples include diving forearm-first through a concrete block pillar, taking a fall from an extremely high place and then walking away in one piece, or dragging a boulder up a mountain with little or no effort exerted on your part.

8. You proceed to fight against another group of people and beat them down. You win even though you're outnumbered at least a dozen to one.

9. At this point, if not before, you have sex with a very attractive woman.

10. You save the day and the movie ends.

I would love to be a screenwriter working for you. Unless they get paid less than minimum wage, they're practically committing highway robbery by getting paid for this crap. If you have any interest in making another poorly-written movie that relies on action and no real plot or purpose, please contact me, I'd be more than happy to steal, I mean earn, some money for doing some writing for you.


P.S.- I probably won't be writing again about any of your other movies, because like I said, they're all the same.

Pros: The Rock lays down some old-fashioned butt-whipping that is undeniably cool. I mean, when you're a teenage male, you can't help but give props to a movie about a guy who knocks people silly with a 4x4. Johnny Knoxville is probably one of the coolest people on the planet, even though he's got no business being in a "serious" movie like this. You get to see Ashley Scott take her shirt off. And The Rock takes his off a couple times too, in case you swing that way.

Cons: If you've seen any of The Rock's other movies, this one's exactly the same. As far as the "Lesser of Two (or Three) Evils" strategy goes, it's better than The Rundown, but not as good as The Scorpion King.

Overall Rating: 4/10
An awesome, fun time.

The Rock carries the movie. I don't care who disagrees with me, IMO, The Rock is one of the best actors working today. I'd see a movie with him before I'd see a movie with Colin Farrell or Ben Affleck.

Johnny Knoxville was a riot.

I was surprised by how brutal this movie was. Some of the stuff in there was up there with The Punisher.

Just a great, entertaining flick.

But holy crap...that was a short movie. 1 hour and 10 minutes...moist Disney movies are longer than that.

But anyways, great action and some funny moments. And I actually cared about The Rock and his family.
Man, I was hopeing this would be as good and entertaining as The Rundown, but sadly, it wasn't. The plot wasn't that good and it felt very rushed. They also didn't really focus on character devlopment and the action scenes felt stale. But Knoxville was sometimes funny and there was one fight scene that was pretty good. But other than those two things, go out and rent The Rundown instead. This movie gets a 4/10.

(KEVIN BRAY, 2004)

I sort of wish that The Rock would play a supporting role instead of a starring one. I think he could be a really good actor, but he keeps getting selected for these bad movies (Scorpion King, Mummy 2, and this one). He has a good screen presence and an enormous amount of charisma, but he cannot carry the movie when it has a story this incredibly BAD and unbelievable, a director who cannot direct, and keeps being givin dialogue that makes him look a lot worse than he actually is. I think that pretty well describes the whole movie. It has brutal action, charisma, but ultimately the bad story, dialogue, and directing make the movie barely tolerable.

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