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5.0 out of 5 stars A good old fashioned Punch Up!
The Rock plays Chris Vaughn a retired US Special Forces Soldier who has returned home to set up a new life for himself. Yet when he returns home he finds the place he left behind is now a dilapidated crime riddled shell with his old school friend, Hamilton now running the show. Together with a mate (Johnny Knoxville), Chris Vaughn decides to take a stand against the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Throwaway stuff
A competent if uninspired remake sees Dwayne Johnson clean up the criminal element that has taken hold of his old town. The fight scenes are well choreographed but the Rock faces similar problems to Arnie in that unless he's fighting five guys, he doesn't appear to be in much trouble. His saving grace is that he can act a fair bit, certainly moreso than other musclebound...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good old fashioned Punch Up!, 13 Jun. 2005
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This review is from: Walking Tall [DVD] (DVD)
The Rock plays Chris Vaughn a retired US Special Forces Soldier who has returned home to set up a new life for himself. Yet when he returns home he finds the place he left behind is now a dilapidated crime riddled shell with his old school friend, Hamilton now running the show. Together with a mate (Johnny Knoxville), Chris Vaughn decides to take a stand against the drug dealers and take back his old town!
This movie is only about 1hour & 10min long (makes a refreshing change to the 2hr long movies which keep coming out) but saying that, that's really all you need. The film moves at a great pace with the action heating up in the first 15 minutes and doesn't let up until the very end. Each fight scene is amazingly played out using the good old fashion methods, none of this defying gravity just a large plank of wood and some hard raw punching.
This is a great honest movie, its not trying to be anything special. So just sit back, watch and enjoy a thoroughly good film!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Throwaway stuff, 19 July 2013
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A competent if uninspired remake sees Dwayne Johnson clean up the criminal element that has taken hold of his old town. The fight scenes are well choreographed but the Rock faces similar problems to Arnie in that unless he's fighting five guys, he doesn't appear to be in much trouble. His saving grace is that he can act a fair bit, certainly moreso than other musclebound hulks who grace the silver screen; he's also charismatic which gives him plenty of screen prescence. The movie is well shot, the sets are fine and the cast do a good job of convincing us who they are. Johnny Knoxville does what he's always asked to do as the dependable sidekick and Neil Mcdonough can do a menacing bad guy standing on his head. The movie nips along to a satisfying conclusion without becoming bland or boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Extras????, 30 July 2012
This review is from: Walking Tall [Blu-ray] [2004] (Blu-ray)
This is a bare bones Blu Ray release unfortunately. Compared to the DVD Collectors Edition this really isn't worth the upgrade unless your just a fan of picture clarity and sound.

The only extra given on the Blu Ray release is the Feature Trailer.

Still it's a great little movie with plenty of action and some 'ohhhh thats gotta hurt' moments so it gets 4 stars from me.

PS. I don't generally review the movie itself as you have IMDB for that, I just like to inform people of what extras are or aren't in addition to a previous release.

Enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Buford Pusser story gets a Rock make over., 21 Feb. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Since old age and politics sent the last wave of action heroes to the memory bank, tho Stallone manfully keeps trying to resurrect a comeback each year, there's been a massive hole left to be filled. Where once was Sly, Bruce and Arnie, now sits The Rock, Jason Statham and Vin Diesel. Now those are some pretty large shoes to be filled, for however much the action hero is frowned upon by the non popcorn crowd, they are part of a cinematic niche that thrills millions of movie goers. However, if one is to like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's remake of Phil Karlson's 1973 Sheriff Buford Pusser based picture, Walking Tall, then you really have to take it on its very basic action beefcake form.

That the film is distinctly average is not Johnson's fault, he remains (long after this was released) a very likable and watchable star; and with Gridiron Gang he more than proved he had some acting chops to go with his considerably large frame. This film, directed by music video director Kevin Bray, just feels like an excuse to cash in on Johnson's wrestling popularity; two years after The Scorpion King had already done the same thing! The action is well put together, especially during a great police station shoot out, and the humour that is in here, works rather well. But the problems are many, not least the old familiarity breeds contempt train of thought with the plot. Think town tamer Western meets ex soldier fighting back against the bullies, and you have Walking Tall nicely packaged into one popcorn flavoured pie. Then there's the awful performances of love interest Ashley Scott and head villain Neal McDonough, so bad you wonder if the makers had spent all the budget by the time it come to the support cast decisions.

As an action movie fan myself, yes in its primal form, I still found enough to have me cheering The Rock on as he went all Rambo on their buttocks. But if you are the sort of film watcher who hated the likes of Cobra, Raw Deal and Striking Distance? Then you probably should avoid this like the plague. 5/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not at all bad - a nice surprise, 3 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Walking Tall [DVD] (DVD)
I was a little hesitant at watching this 'inspired' by a true story tale, as although The Rock has a great deal of charm and charisma, it had the potential to be preachy and dull. Instead it's an entertaining tale of a soldier who comes back to his hometown to find it's turned from an honest hardworking place into a corrupt den of sleaze.
As the Rock's ex-soldier tries to adjust to the new atmosphere, it's not long before he runs afoul of casino owner, old childhood friend, and new town head-honcho 'Jay', and things get violently out of hand with beatings, near deaths, and ignorant corrupt law-enforcement.
It's at this point that he decides to take a stand and run for Sherriff, roping in as deputy his slacker ex-addict childhood friend played with comedy (but also a surprising degree of restraint) by Jackass star Johnny Knoxville. The townspeople are sick of their troubles, and so embrace his determination to clean up their home.
The violence escalates far further than I expected, and there are some extremely good action scenes and fights. While the characters are fairly thinly drawn, this is a film all about the actions of the characters involved, not their feelings or motivations, so it suits the style. Ashley Scott plays a nice love interest, but the film is held aloft by The Rock, Knoxville, and bad guys Kevin Durand and Neal McDonough.
The acting is all well played, and the violence is flashy and well handled.
An enjoyable surprise, and satisfying viewing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, one of The Rock's best., 23 April 2005
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I saw this on Sky Box Office recently and it's a great movie, probably the best I've seen the Rock in. It's based on real events, so the action is kept quite realistic, with a fairly short finale with the big bad guy at the end highlighting the fact. The Rock and Knoxville pull off good performances and it's a well edited and paced movie. However, it's seems really short and I think clocked in just over an hour, though I hope the extras make up for that. Definitley worth a rent first, but WWF/WWE/ The Rock fans won't be dissapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats not to love about this film...., 28 Mar. 2015
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Probably my favourite of all Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's early films, or even any wrestlers that went to the film industry. Losing that feel of over acting for the crowd like in wrestling, Dawyne Johnson plays a man, returning home from the military, to find everything he knew about his hometown had changed, and not for the better. Trying to stand up for whats right, he takes a hell of a beating but rises up, walks tall and in the end, kicks butt left right and center!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's exactly what you expect., 8 Jan. 2012
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Look if you want Thespians then you go for a Branagh film,if you want a punch up with lots of action then you go for a film like this.It was fast paced,had lots of action and not overlong.The love angle did seem as if it was was thrown in as a necessary afterthought,but hey who cares?,it's a film that is inexpensive and passes along quite nicely,it's a bit like the type of first film you used to get in a double feature at the cinema,showing my age there aren't I?.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stand Up...Fight Back...Walk Tall, 2 Feb. 2005
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A lot of people have said this film is rubbish. Ok, it is not the best film ever made, but it is a good film all the same. The begining is a bit boring, and it is a bit short but overall the action and fight scene at the end is great. Johnny Knoxville adds comedy, whereas The Rock is great for the role of Chris Vaughn. It is full of action, and the fight at the end is brilliant. I really like this film, it is one of the best action films I have seen in a long time. Overall 4*/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but too short, 5 April 2010
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Mr. Samuel C. Bishop "Sam Bish" (Pontypridd, Wales) - See all my reviews
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This film is a typical action film, it's a good story & is funny in places, great acting by everyone especially by Johnson, Knoxville & also Neal McDonough.

However, the only thing I was VERY dissapointed with is that this film is short, as the credits rolled, I was happy but also unhappy as it left me thinking "was that it", other than this though, I would definatly watch this film again, actually, I do watch it quite a lot as I have it on DVD.
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