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Days of Thunder
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01.20.2009 By: Sturdy
Days of Thunder order
Director:
Tony Scott

Actors:
Tom Cruise
Nicole Kidman
Robert Duvall

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young, hotshot, rookie racer bursts on to the racing scene and is forced to learn lessons the hard way. With the help of a sexy nurse and a veteran driver, he learns his lessons and goes on to be a champion racer.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
TOP GUN on the road. That’s exactly what this movie is. There’s no reason to sugar coat it or try to make it out to be something it’s not. The story is basically the same and it follows the exact formula for success. As it turns out, I liked TOP GUN and DAYS OF THUNDER proved to be almost as entertaining.

And “entertaining” is a good word to describe Thunder, because “good” or “quality” are not appropriate here. It’s a cheesy, race car movie that focuses on the coolness of Tom Cruise and gives audiences enough action scenes to keep their attention. It’s vintage Tony Scott with its stylized filming and editing, which adds to the fun.

The dialogue is a little rough and we’re asked to buy into the drama a little too early on. I never cared about Rowdy’s concussion because I didn’t really like him as a character. Then Cole becomes his best friend and that whole relationship was a little forced. I realized it was supposed to take the place of the Goose-Maverick relationship, but Goose was cool and his fate came as a serious shock to people when they first saw it. Not so much with Rowdy.

Thunder is still fun enough to find an audience nowadays. In fact, as the popularity of racing continuing to rise, it should probably find an even bigger audience, which is why it’s so confusing that Paramount hasn’t given the film any special edition treatment. It’s not a bad film and if you bypass some cheesy moments and rough dialogue, you should have a fun time watching it.
THE EXTRAS
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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
It’s an early Bruckheimer film, but you can tell it’s one of his. Everything seems to be bigger and more stylized and even though you know it’s a bad movie, you still like it. However, the lack of special edition treatment make this Blu-ray a discount purchase only.
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