I only have a few complaints, which I'll get to a little bit later on. But for the positive points, I have to say Dwayne Johnson really had me believing he was Chris Vaughn, and out to save his hometown from what it had become after he had left. His acting in this movie made the movie that much more enjoyable. This guy is going to be even bigger then he is in a few years, if he sticks with acting.
I was also impressed with Neal McDonough, who plays a pretty convincing villian by the name of Jay Hamilton. His performance in the movie matches up with Dwayne's, which makes a great fight scene near the end of the movie.
The climax of the whole movie was during the huge fight scene, which I mentioned above that happened between Neal's character and Dwayne's character. Now on to Johnny Knoxville, who plays Ray Templeton, Chris' best friend. Johnny comes across as witty, yet plays off his character very well.
Ashley Scott plays Deni in the movie, who is also Chris' love. I was pretty impressed with her acting, although one thing that I didn't like was near the end of the movie, Deni is fighting in her red bra. I'm sure that was for the male audience, but it wasn't needed. However, I just love the chemistry between Deni and Chris. Even though they have been apart for eight years, you can tell the first time they see each other they still have those feelings. I also cannot forget the amazing performance from Chris' family, mainly his father. I really liked how his dad didn't want to use guns.
The only negative points I have about the DVD is the fact that it doesn't come in full screen (or at least here it doesn't). I hate widescreen because it takes up half of my television. Also was very disappointed in the features.
One of them is a good look into the movie, but the rest are very short, and there is not a lot of extras. I have yet to listen to the comentary, though. The last negative point about the movie was that I did not mind the running time was 86 minutes, but I was disappointed that the R-Rated version was NOT on the DVD, like previously stated it would be. I felt they could have gone more into depth about Chris getting elected as sheriff. My favourite scene in the movie was the court room scene, which Dwayne's performance in that scene blew me away. He gets a star just for that scene, itself, which is why I gave the movie 5/5 stars, as the DVD is really worth about 4/5 stars.
Overall though, my impression on "Walking Tall" was good. At the beginning of the DVD, they have written, "Inspired by a True Story", which I liked that. The movie made me realize that The Rock is going places and is really developing his acting skills.
If you are a fan of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (or any other cast member for that matter), or if you are looking for just a fun, entertaining hour and a half, I would buy this movie. I got everything I expected out of it, and even more.
The 2004 version of "Walking Tall" starring Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a "The Rock") and Johnny Knoxville is awesome. The DVD sounds great and I'm happy to see that it will be the R-Rated version instead of the PG-13 one that was shown in theatres.
I guarentee this is one movie that you will love. I highly recommend getting "Walking Tall" on DVD or renting it, whichever you prefere, when it releases. Dwayne is very convincing in this movie, and it shows his next step as an actor, and a good one I might add. Johnny Knoxville is also very good in the film, and the main villian, played by Neal McDonough, is played out very well.
This DVD has everything a movie should have, but most of all, it's very entertaining.