Walking Tall

2006-03-30 12:32


Chris Vaughn (The Rock) returns to his boyhood home in the Pacific Northwest after a decorated career in the U.S. Armed Forces. Slipping back into town unannounced, Chris is shocked and saddened by what he sees. His beloved town has been ravaged by poverty and corruption, its vital lumber mill is closed, and a crime-ridden casino is now the town's biggest employer.

It seems Chris's well-heeled high school rival, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough), has become the new robber baron of Ferguson, Washington. His wealth and influence have allowed him to open the seedy casino called the Wild Cherry.

Upon Chris's return he and his best friend Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville) visit the Wild Cherry on Jay's "good will" invitation. But when Chris discovers cheating at the craps tables, fight erupts with Hamilton's security guards. Chris is overpowered, savagely beaten, and left for dead.

Chris's family help him recover and plead for him to leave things as they are. But Chris is a man who won't back down. He decides to run for sheriff and rid his hometown of crime with the law as his main weapon.

With Ray as his deputy, Chris sets out to clean up the mess Hamilton has made. Now Sheriff Chris Vaughn, he wields a huge stick fashioned from lumber mill pine. He's one man against many - but he is Walking Tall.

What the critics are saying:

"Although morally dubious and unpleasantly brutal, Kevin Bray's film is a decent enough showcase for its leading man's low-key charm and bone-crunching machismo."
- Neil Smith, BBCi Films

"...an undemanding action thriller that's low on laughs and heavy on bone-crunching violence."
- Matthew Turner, View London

"...one mediocre, ploddingly predictable film, loaded down with cheesy Hollywood tactics...only reasons to watch are The Rock's physical assets and gentle-giant presence..."
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post

The Rock does his level best to carry this tale of a local hero on a quest to clean up his hometown, but the results aren't anything for the record books.

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