For a Quick Sit, See Walking Tall
By Ryan Parsons | None
One of the greatest aspects of Walking Tall
is that it is a movie to watch when you are not in the mood to watch
an entire movie. The entire film runs in under a hour and a half. The film
is your common enjoyable action film without any girth or depth. However,
this film shows that The Rock [Dwayne Douglas Johnson] is one of our upcoming
action stars that has an aura of coolness that seems to make every movie
he stars in cool too.
The Rock is Walking Tall
As I stated, this film is short. You could almost decide between watching
the movie Walking Tall instead of a show like LOST or
The Batchelor. At least in Walking Tall their are no commercials.
Could the movie have been longer, of course. There are aspects of the film
that are so hurried I guess that the director, Kevin Bray, did not think
viewers would find any amusement to them. One major aspect that is just
skipped over is the process Vaughn had to go through to become a sheriff.
Instead, the movie has a scene in court where Vaughn [The Rock] states that
if he is found not-guilty of charges, he will run for sheriff. After this
scene the viewer encounters Vaughn decaling his truck with sheriff markings.
There are also could exist scenes that would allow the viewer to get into
Vaughn's head a little better. The director could have done so while Vaughn
drives out to the casino to cause havoc, or out to the plant. Instead, we
witness Vaughn leaving in his truck and then arriving at his destination.
Action with Little Girth
Walking Tall does display some enjoyable action including the pummeling
of bad guys with a piece of cedar. However, these bad guys are just what
they are, bad guys. We, the viewers, are not offered a chance to understand
the bad guys including the top bad guy, Jay Hamilton [Neal McDonough]. The
movie introduces this character as one who must cheat and hurt people to
succeed with no sense of remorse, and that is it. The movie never explains
who he was back before Vaughn left to the army and what possessed him to
close the plant and be whom he turned out to be. I couldn't even tell if
Hamilton and Vaughn were friends are not in the preceding years before Vaughn
had to leave town.
While these small details bothered me, I expect most viewers to be able to completely enjoy
this film, even with its minor pitfalls. I personally enjoyed watching [more thanks to The Rock and Neal McDonough than the
film itself] and would suggest it to friends as lite, quick, enjoyment.
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