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Wlaking tall Movie review

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Mar. 28th, 2004 | 10:18 am
気持ち: exhausted exhausted
音楽: Princess princess, sekaide ichiban atsui natsu

The Rock is starting establish a huge name for himself in Hollywood, and his latest film, “Walking Tall,” directed by Kevin Bray (“All About the Benjamins”), shows spectacular signs of improvement.
Chris Vaughn (Rock) returns to his hometown to settle down after spending seven years in the military’s special arms forces. However, when he returns, he slowly begins to become aware of some disturbing changes to his town. For starters, the wood mill in which his father had previously been employed at has closed down, and all employees were discharged. Secondly, a casino has replaced the mill as the town’s main source of economic gain. Thirdly, drugs have slowly invaded the little town, and this is one change that Vaugh finds ultimately unacceptable. However, Vaughn’s rage does not take off until he pays a visit to the casino, which happens to be owned by Jay Hamilton Jr. (Neal McDonough). During his visit to the casino, Vaughn witnesses first hand the corrupt style of the casino and when he tries to exploit this corruption, succeeds only in having himself arrested. This is the pivotal point that Vaughn realizes the true control the casino has on the town. During his court appearance, Vaughn fires his lawyer and takes to representing himself which in turns leads to his political campaign for becoming Sheriff of his hometown. Surprisingly, Vaughn is not alone in wanting to reform the town back to a respectable town, minus the gambling and the drugs. The only person in Vaughn’s way of cleaning up the town is, of course, Jay, who also has the current Sheriff under his control. Will Vaughn be able to change his beloved town back to the town he remembers it to be, or will the corruption of gambling a drugs continue to run the town down to disaster?
Those who have been paying attention to Hollywood news, are aware of how the baton of male action hero extrodinaire has been passed from Arnold Schwarzenegger to The Rock, and The Rock has thus far been able to maintain the prestige of representing typical masculine males in action films. This film definitely has The Rock shining better than his previous films. What helps to make The Rock shine is how realistic he portrays his character in the film. The Rock was able to keep true to his character’s passion and commitment to the town’s reformation, and shows deep concern for the people in the town.
Men are more or less to enjoy this film best because it is your stereotypical male film, containing all the elements that most men love: big strong male for the hero, gorgeous woman as the lead actress and love interest of the main character, and plenty of action to keep the testosterone flowing throughout the whole film. Similar to “The Rundown,” the character that The Rock plays does not rely heavily on guns, so there are not many shoot out scenes during the film. On the contrary to “The Rundown,” scenes of complete impossibility do not exist as much.
I may not be an immediate fan of The Rock, but I did enjoy this film. Packed with action and comedy, I believe that this film will not only entertain the audience but also prove that those who strongly believe in a cause can make a difference, even when the odds are stacked against them. Furthermore, I enjoyed The Rock’s performance in the film and felt that as an actor he is starting to make his own. Furthermore, the film is not packed with corny one-liner jokes that existed in the previous Schwarzenegger films, which makes the movie more enjoyable.
In spite of being a stereotypical male movie, “Walking Tall” is inspired by the true story of Buford Pusser, a wrestler who with his wife decided to return to his hometown to settle down. Similar to Vaughn, his hometown as corrupted and after becoming a victim of it decided to take matters into his own hands. Those interested in learning the true story behind “Walking Tall” please visit http://www.sheriffbufordpusser.com/nfhome.htm.

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