After eight years serving the U.S. Army Special Forces, Sergeant Chris Vaughn returns to his hometown seeking for a job in the local mill. He is informed by Sheriff Stan Watkins that the mill was closed three years ago and now the Wild Cherry Casino, owned by his former high school friend Jay Hamilton, is the major source of jobs and income to the town. Chris goes home, and meets his best-friend Ray Templeton, who organized a football game with their friends. After the game, Jay invites Chris and his friends to spend the night in his casino on him, but when Chris finds that the casino crabs dealer is cheating with loaded dice, he fights against the security men and is almost killed by them. When his nephew Pete overdosed on crystal meth sold by the security men at the casino, Chris realizes that the town is dominated by the mobsters and the corrupt sheriff and with a huge piece of wood, he breaks the casino and the criminals. He is prosecuted and in the trial, he promises to the jury ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Both Dwyane Johnson & Kevin Sorbo have starred in 2 movie/TV shows with the same name. Walking Tall & Hercules. See more »
Chris scares a thug in the casino and the guy turns around and knocks himself out by running into a object. But he obviously misses it by quite a way. See more »
You know, Poppa's still got your gun locked up in the garage. Think you could teach me how to shoot?
I figured that would be scrap metal by now, Dad.
Chris Vaughn Sr.:
No. I'm still hoping you'll melt that thing down on your own.
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STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs
Chris Vaughn (The Rock) has returned home from active duty in the US army and wants to settle back down with his old friends and relatives,including old aquaintance Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville).However,the hard reality soon starts to seep in that his old home town isn't as sweet and innocent as he remembered it and that childhood rival Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough) is running various nefarious activities.Finally tiring of the corruption and the flippant attitude of the local police force,Chris decides to take a stand and make his old home really feel like home again.
The cruel irony of the whole thing is that,as the front cover proudly promotes,"this is based on a true story."Yet the plotline is so formulaic it could have been derived from any generic Hollywood cookie-cutter action flick that you care to mention.The story is similar,in a very lot of respects,to Steven Seagal's Marked for Death or even the Cynthia Rothrock movie China O' Brien,and there are quite a few cliches,in terms of both plot and character,that are indicative of such movies.But they are just what you are expecting (and sub-consciously hoping) them to be.In fact,the only thing that really scratches your surface and that you care enough to notice,is the noticeably under-played and undeveloped romance between The Rock and his childhood stripper friend.Nevertheless,the predictable but effective story of the burnt-out hero returning to his home town to escape his demons only to encounter more problems strangely remains as engaging and even endearing a premise to base an action film on as ever before,despite the lack of originality.
As for The Rock's charisma as a leading man,I'm not sure what I missed out on with Welcome to the Jungle and The Scorpion King,but here he doesn't seem to be giving Lawrence Olivier much competition in terms of dramatic thesping.But he tries hard and seems well aware that this ain't Shakespeare and that we as an audience can ultimately take it or leave it.Aware,in fact,that it is exactly as I described it in my OLS above.I,for one,can certainly smell what The Rock is cooking here.And it smells kinda familiar.And kinda good.**
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