Country Style Lacks Camera Style
When witnesses in the hot case against drug-lord Octavio Perez (Rodrigo De la Rosa) are killed the testimony of FBI agents including Kate Jensen (Yvette Nipar) become crucial and they are moved to a safe house. But some how Perez's men learn of the location and invade the place with all the agents except Kate murdered. Fearing a leak within the FBI Kate's boyfriend, former sheriff Nick Prescott (Kevin Sorbo) decides to take her and her daughter back to his ranch in the country where he feels he and his friends can protect her with some good old fashioned country justice.
Now to my knowledge I have not seen any of the other Walking Tall movies, either the originals or the remakes and so have no idea how "Walking Tall: Lone Justice" this direct to video production compares. But I doubt it compares too favourably as whilst there is much about it from the action to the storyline which was as expected the styling wasn't and it is the styling which ruins "Walking Tall: Lone Justice".
Anyway before I get to the movie wrecking styling "Walking Tall: Lone Justice" delivered up narrative wise exactly what I was expecting. From Nick being a fish out of water in the city to the way the storyline plays out it was the sort of thing which could quite easily have been a vehicle for the likes of Van Damme and Seagal. Having said that by having Kevin Sorbo in the lead there is more humour rather than just corn to the proceedings and the likeability of Sorbo goes a long way to keep you watching.
Most importantly "Walking Tall: Lone Justice" was the no brainer action movie I expected. It is the sort of movie where you sit back and just watch for the action and humour without much care for the details or how well the plot holds up ender scrutiny. And trust me you don't want to think about any of it too hard as the plot holes are numerous and sometimes large.
But "Walking Tall: Lone Justice" is ruined by its style with director Tripp Reed giving us not only hand held camera but hand held camera which constantly shifts side ways, zooms in and out, goes blurred and all those things which do nothing to help a movie. When you combine the constantly annoying and shifting camera with hyperactive editing and you end up with a movie whose simple pleasure is almost destroyed by the styling.
What this all boils down to is that "Walking Tall: Lone Justice" is in many ways what you expect from a direct to video action movie. But as I keep saying it is one which is wrecked by the camera work and styling.