Walking Tall: The Payback
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After his father is mysteriously killed, Nick Prescott goes back to his now thug-controlled hometown, where he takes over his pappy's job as sheriff. Refusing to let a gang of scum run people out of their homes, he's decided he's had enough... it's time to bust open some heads.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
WALKING TALL: THE PAYBACK is basically just a rehash of the first movie (except with a different set of characters and minor tweaks to the plot). And seeing as how the first movie was already a rehash in itself (it was a remake, after all), that basically makes this flick a remake of a remake... and a straight-to-DVD one at that. That said, it actually ain't half bad. I'd say it's close to being on par with the remake, which was a pretty "meh" flick in itself, carried solely by the charm and charisma of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This time though, they've gone and removed The Scorpion King from the picture, replacing him with TV's Hercules (aka Kevin Sorbo). He doesn't quite pack the same punch as Johnson, but he's badass enough to leave an impression.
Small-time actor A.J. Buckley also deserves some major props for pulling off the intensely reprehensible bad guy to a tee. He's just so awesomely evil and hate-worthy. Half the reason you'll keep watching the damn film is just so you can see this asshat get his due. His deranged, over-the-top attitude is the perfect mirror to Sorbo's calm, down-home demeanor.
If you pick up this sequel hoping for some extensive four-by-four action, you're gonna be shit out of luck. The wood club does come into play briefly towards the end of the film, but it's not nearly enough to give off that classic WALKING TALL vibe. That's ok though. There's plenty more fun to be had, including Sorbo whomping on some baddies during a barroom brawl, good ol' fashioned gunplay with a sawn-off shotgun, a western-style showdown, and even a bunch of fiery explosions to boot. Even though the film's not nearly as silly or cheesy as you might expect, it does still fall squarely into that B-movie mold. That's a good thing though. Why would you ask for anything else?
Aside from 7 Previews, the only real extras are 6 Deleted Scenes (7:31).
As far as STV B-action movies go, THE PAYBACK delivers the goods well enough to suggest a possible rental. The film is competently made, competently acted, and competently ass-whoopin'. There are a few moments I can't help but question (was the rape scene really necessary?), but overall, it's a nice little brawler with the former Hercules star offering up some harsh poundings on an assortment of despicable bad guys. As long as you watch it expecting nothing more, you won't be disappointed.