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      Walking Tall: The Payback

      R 2007 1 hr. 28 min. Action List
      Reviews 31% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score A man (Kevin Sorbo) discovers a link between the mysterious death of his father and a gang of murderous thugs. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 25 Buy Now

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      jelisije j Someone dares kills Hercules father and plan to bully the small town he lives in... a decent action flick. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Mindless, pointless, and foolish. No real plot and then they throw in a completely unnecessary rape scene for no reason whatsoever. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Walking Tall: The Payback: 7 out of 10: Kevin Sorbo takes over the Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson's role as a man who is minding his own business but eventually is pushed too far in this direct to video spin-off. You know this is a good movie. Not perfect by any means and as predictable as all get out but it is actually good. Or to put it another way, it is much better than a direct to video retelling of Walking Tall starring Kevin Sorbo has any right to be. Good acting, good music, and a decent script. Who would have thought it? The Good: There are some outstanding performances in Walking Tall. A.J. Buckley is a proper, well-written villain. A lot of "better" movies could take some pointers from his performance. Another standout is Jennifer Sipes as the diner waitress who gives a very good performance in an admittedly underwritten role. There are also decent action beats that are grounded in our reality. Walking Tall has a good pace and keeps the action and occasionally tension building. The movie, to its credit, also has some intelligent twists that make following the otherwise by the numbers plot rewarding. The Bad: Walking Tall's lower budget does occasionally rear its ugly head. Never more so than during a funeral scene that is all sorts of wrong considering the character it is for. Not to mention none of the characters good or bad seem to possess cell phones to call each other for assistance. In addition, while I praise some twists and a couple of well-orchestrated scenes, this is a very by the numbers Walking Tall/ Death Wish style film. It is so by the numbers I am quite surprised they didn't give Sorbo a dog for the bad guys to kill. The Ugly: Kevin Sorbo and Jennifer Sipes have some really good chemistry together. They make sense as a couple and thematically their relationship adds a lot to the movie. Or it would have if she was Sorbo's love interest. For reasons, I cannot begin to fathom the screenwriters saddle Sorbo with FBI agent (and world's worst mother) Yvette Nipar. They have zero chemistry and they don't even live in the same county. I am not sure if the screenwriters felt that a diner waitress was not good enough for Sorbo's horse rancher or that Sooba would not be attracted to a sexy blonde twentysomething who adores him and as a result gave him a more age and employment appropriate love interest. In Conclusion: I had a lot of fun with this movie. It admittedly never went beyond a good time. I doubt I will recall having seen it a year from now. All that said it is better than it had any right to be. Good job by all involved. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member You know what, it isn't half bad. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member "Walking Tall 2: The Payback" has no connection to Buford Pusser or The Rock, but it's an enjoyable action flick. And by enjoyable, I mean mindless. And cheap. But, you did see that it stars Kevin "Hercules" Sorbo, right? This was not a high-dollar production, but it's not bad for a Saturday night when there's nothing else on TV. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Tiresome to watch. It's the same old thing for an avenge movie and the cast should take acting lessons. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Caffeinated Clint Moviehole The action sequences pack more of a punch than Tyson. Sorbo is superb. Rated: 3/5 Mar 29, 2007 Full Review David Cornelius eFilmCritic.com We get fight scenes and 'splosions a-plenty, which is all anybody who rents a Walking Tall sequel wants to see anyway. Rated: 3/5 Mar 9, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A man (Kevin Sorbo) discovers a link between the mysterious death of his father and a gang of murderous thugs.
      Director
      Tripp Reed
      Executive Producer
      Jim Burke, Tripp Reed
      Screenwriter
      Brian Strasmann
      Production Co
      Walking Tall Productions, Andrew Stevens Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment
      Rating
      R (Violence Including a Rape|Language)
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 25, 2010
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