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(2004), PG-13 -- ... contender for the new Arnold ...
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Hyde Park Entertainment, Mandeville Films
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation (MGM)
Director(s): Kevin Bray
Producer(s): Ashok Amritraj, Bill Bannerman, Jim Burke, Lucas Foster, Marcienne Friesland, David Hoberman, Keith Samples
Screenplay: Mort Briskin (earlier screenplay), David Klass, Channing Gibson, David Levien, Brian Koppelman
Cinematography/Camera: Glen MacPherson
Music: Tree Adams, Graeme Revell
Casting: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Brent Thomas
Art Direction: Roxanne Methot
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
The Samoan/African American Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, contender for the new Arnold (Schwarzenegger), plays returning Army Special Operations veteran Chris "Puddin" Vaughn instead of retired wrestler Sheriff Buford T. Pusser in this "remake" of 1973's *Walking Tall* with Joe Don Baker. Interesting that both Johnson and the original Pusser were wrestlers.
I will be sure to conduct an analysis of the 1973 version just to again reveal the changes in modern sin-ematic morality. In this version, "Pusser" doesn't have a wife who is killed by the bad guys. He has a bed partner, though.
Chris Vaughn returned home after a seven-year hitch in the Army. Hoping to find a job in the local saw mill, Vaughn found the saw mill had closed as had a number of other respectable establishments, replaced with a casino, pornography shops and other vices. Vaughn found crime and corruption had grown rampant in his stomping grounds.
After a friendly football game with his old buddies, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough), owner of the Wild Cherry casino, invited Vaughn to a night of carnal pleasure at the casino. There, Vaughn met one of his high school girlfriends, Deni (Ashley Scott) ... now a strip dancer as we see onscreen. Vaughn knew something was amiss with Hamilton as he saw the changes in him during the football game. Hamilton did not play nice.
Realizing what the corruption had done to his town, soft-speaking Vaughn literally busted up up the Wild Cherry casino with a big stick and a few of the security guards along the way. Then the security guards do a number on Vaughn and slice up his abdomen, leaving him for dead. Hamilton and company do not want Vaughn making waves. They also have the welfare of their respectable illegal drug manufacturing operation to consider. The town depends on them. Even Vaughn's 14-or-so nephew Pete (Khleo Thomas). And where is Sheriff Stan Watkins (Michael Bowen) in all this? On the take, of course.
During a stretch on the couch to heal, Vaughn's father, Chris Sr. (John Beasley) and mother Connie (Barbara Tarbuck) do their best to convince Vaughn to back off. But does he listen? Did he ever listen? After healing, Vaughn answers to charges of vandalism and assault. But Vaughn stood up and reminded the jury what was happening in the town and announced his intentions to run for sheriff. Showing the jury his scars did it. The next thing we see is Vaughn as Sheriff of Kitsop County, Washington. After firing the entire sheriffs department, Vaughn drafts detox patient Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville) as his only deputy. Now the action heats up. One of the major action violence sequences has already happened. Three more to go.
*Walking Tall* is a very violent movie. And it is the kind if violence that conjures the feeling of gratification [Prov. 3:31-32]. Sexual immorality is present for a portion of the film [Gal. 5:19]. Foul language is not a severe as many PG-13s, though [Col. 3:8]. Illegal drug dealing and manufacturing operations are portrayed [Eph. 5:18] as are illegal drug use and overdose of a child [Luke 17:2; Matt. 18:10].
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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