Walking Tall is a loose remake of a 1973 film, which itself was a loose interpretation of the life of Sheriff Buford Prusser. Put simply, this “inspired by true events” film is about as connected to reality as Indiana Jones is to the protective powers of the fridge.
It’s all a bit Rambo meets Death Wish, which makes it sound better than it actually is. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tackles one of his first non-wrestling starring roles as a former soldier who returns to his home town, only to find it riddled with corruption, all of which are linked to the casino and it’s owner.
After taking it upon himself to inflict serious damage on the casino and its staff, he becomes sheriff and vows to clean up the town with the help of Johnny Knoxville (playing Johnny Knoxville, err I mean, old school friend Ray Templeton).
As a film it is all very predictable and by the book. There are numerous clichés and despite an attempt to inject some humour via Knoxville, most of that falls flat. It would be easy to point the finger at Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but that would be unfair. He is a consummate professional and a born entertainer. He just happens to be given terrible movies.
This is completely disposable, with weak plotting, a forgettable script and not much going for it. In fact, it starts off absurd and just continues down the rabbit hole.
It is my hope that one day we will actually see Johnson in a leading role in a film which doesn’t suck.