Walking Tall

2004, Action, 1h 26m

136 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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The Rock makes a competent hero, but the movie is content to let a 2x4 do all the talking. Read critic reviews

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When decorated military officer Chris Vaughn (The Rock) returns to his hometown in the state of Washington to find work, he finds that the lumber mill has closed, and the town's big business is now a seedy casino operated by one of his old schoolmates, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough). Aided by his loyal friend Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville), Vaughn tries to make a stand against the area's crime and corruption, but, finding no help from the police, he must take matters into his own hands.

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  • Apr 08, 2013
    It's the early years of the The Rock stepping out of the ring into the Hollywood silver screen, and surprisingly, he brought enough charisma to elevate a mediocre film to higher heights, and so he did with "Walking Tall". The story: out of whack for sure. The dialogue: horrible. And the movie as a whole is rife with cliches, but it's easy to relax and enjoy a flick like this all due to the electrifying energy that Dwayne Johnson throws onto the screen. It's just another cable television guilty pleasure that'll surprisingly keep you interested throughout.
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Walking Tall is routine and nothing very special, but it's short, entertaining, and to the point. It's impossible to love, but if you go in with average expectations, you won't be disappointed.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2011
    Walking Tall had the potential of being something very good. Instead the film is a disappointing action film with a meager cast. The film could have been done much better than this, and though it had an interesting story, the film falls apart halfway through. The thing that is shocking about the film is that it started well enough to be a good film, but like I said halfway through the film things start to fall apart, the film goes all over the place, and it doesn't try whatsoever to really redeem itself. This is disappointing because the film had such a great story. This film ends up being terrible, and being one of the worst action films in recent memory. I found it surprising to see Johnny Knoxville in a somewhat serious role, and to his credit, he wasn't bad in this. The actors do what they can with the lacking second half, but it's too late. Walking Tall is a mediocre action film that doesn't have anything really interesting to offer and it's a shame because the film started off well enough. This is a perfect example of screenwriters not being to effectively develop a solid second half to a solid first half. This film could have been terrific, but it fails and the film is quite unsatisfying in the end. A good first half but disappointing second make Walking Tall a film that really isn't effective, and with a good concept, it could have been a terrific action film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2011
    Walking Tall is routine and nothing very special, but it's short, entertaining, and to the point. It's impossible to love, but if you go in with average expectations, you won't be disappointed.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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