Days of Thunder Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 27, 2014
Like Top Gun with racing stock cars, it may not be really original and is quite predictable actually, but it has a very good soundtrack and Tom Cruise injecting a lot of energy into a two-dimensional character who lacks sufficient depth and motivation for us to care.
Super Reviewer
½ June 25, 2013
Dr. Claire Lewicki: You and Rowdy have the same sickness, it's called denial and it's probably going to kill you both.

"Cruise like Thunder"

Days of Thunder is a decent, entertaining action thriller that is extremely similar to another Tony Scott, Tom Cruise collaboration, Top Gun. The movie manages to entertain when on the racetrack like Top Gun was able to entertain when in the air, but like Top Gun on the ground; Days of Thunder suffers when away from the race track. Tony Scott can always keep the corniness coming though, with scenes like the two race car drivers racing each other in wheelchairs in the hospital after a crash. 

Cole is a young and unknown stock car driver who is brought on to drive a race car for a used cars salesman and a man named Harry who has a lot of experience with stock cars is hired to build the car and lead the team. Soon Cole, after some growing pains, is one of the best drivers out there, until a crash puts him out for awhile. In the meantime, he meets an attractive doctor, who he forges a relationship with, but he struggles to get his confidence back with the race car.

Like I said away from the track the movie falls apart. I like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and I've seen them on screen with good chemistry before, but here it's just dead. Probably has more to do with writing then anything else as those two weren't horrible, the scenes with them together just didn't go anywhere.

All in all this is a forgettable racing thriller with a solid cast and a noteworthy director who always seems to let style and "coolness" overweigh substance. Still there's always fun to be had with a Tony Scott film as longer as you're willing to accept it for what it is. It's a popcorn flick and nothing else. I wouldn't say it's worth a look, but it certainly isn't so bad you'd feel you'd wasted your time. Then again maybe you would.
Super Reviewer
July 8, 2009
You can't outrun the thunder.

Very good movie! I enjoyed it from beginning to the end. Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall did an excellent screen combo. I think the supporting cast was good also. Very nice ending full of adrenaline!

Days of Thunder revolved around a talented, hot-shot auto racing rookie, (# 46 and 51) Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise), who, after trying his hand in the American open wheel ranks, seeks to win on the NASCAR circuit. His mechanic mentor, Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall), acts as his crew chief. He also develops a romantic relationship with Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman), a young brain surgeon who tries to tame him. Lo and behold, just when he thought it was safe and easy to get back into a race car and drive, an arrogant and dangerous newcomer by the name of Russ Wheeler (Cary Elwes) doesn't make it easy on him as he picks on him because he knows he can get away with it since not only did he substitute drive Trickle's Pink Superflo car while Cole was in the hospital, but now he is teammates with him under the selfish, bullheaded car owner Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) as the new superstar Nascar was looking for with Rowdy Burns out.
Super Reviewer
½ March 19, 2010
Very much the same style as Top Gun, a perfect match between Tom Cruise and Tony Scott. I think it's often mistaken as a mindless nascar film, when it's really much more than that. It really works on sort of an operatic level, saying a lot about trust and determination. You can't really pick anything out that is bad about this, it's just way too much fun and harmless. Tom Cruise is perfect as Cole Trickle, the greatest Nascar driver to ever live. It's also a great start by Nicole Kidman, the Australian doctor from heaven.
Super Reviewer
½ January 18, 2010
This film has a great message: Never Give Up! When you try but fail, try even harder to get what you want! This movie is amazing!
Super Reviewer
½ September 25, 2009
It?s basically Top Gun in cars and I hated Top Gun.
Super Reviewer
½ September 14, 2009
A waste. Perhaps Cruise's worst movie.
Super Reviewer
½ September 29, 2007
I liked this film, whiced surprised me when basically its about a car race driver but this is really a film and well acted so differnatly worth a watch
Super Reviewer
March 12, 2009
One of the best films of it's time!

The fact that this movie only has a 3-star overall on flixster shows that there's a lot of people that simply, dont know what they are talking about.

Tom Cruise plays a cocky winston cup driver that eventually comes to understand the fears and reality of driving stock-car on the most prestigeous race circut.
He learns the ropes from former pit cheif of one of winston cups top drivers, Robert Davull, who coaches him along the way.
You add some rivalries on the track, some friendships off the track, and a romance with a doctor whose nearly just as fearful as him and you got a plot that simply don't come better than this.
It's action packed, it's comical, it's emotional, and overall its completley entertaining.

There are no negatives in this one!

This movie happend to be the greatest racing flim of it's time; and still is right up there with the best of them today. Starring three of Hollywoods greatest actors Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Robert Duvall your instantly awarded a movie that captures the romance, thrills, fear, and realities of the worlds highest racing circut.
Super Reviewer
½ July 14, 2007
Tom and Nicole star in this movie about an ambitious racing driver. Love the car racing.
Super Reviewer
½ July 15, 2008
A total waste of time. The "script" is probably written during the screenwriters first hangover beer. The racing events are totally unrealistic and where's the excitement? Only worth a look because of Robert Duvall and the audio track.
Super Reviewer
May 6, 2008
This was another great Cruise film,and I couldn't help,but to give it 5 stars!!!
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2007
Top Gun in racecars.
Super Reviewer
October 9, 2006
The most realistic movie about car racing since "Le Mans".
Super Reviewer
½ June 10, 2007
Another Cruise and Kidman pairing, not one of the better ones though. Follows a similar plot to Topgun.....Nascar racer has a bad crash and needs to overcome his fears to get back in the saddle again. For real race fans only.
Super Reviewer
½ January 9, 2007
good movie, bad nascar movie
Super Reviewer
December 27, 2006
Good racing flick before Tom went nuts.
Super Reviewer
October 30, 2006
Spectacular racing action film.
Super Reviewer
½ September 1, 2006
an endlessly enjoyable movie ride. it goes full-speed at the pule meter. high-speed action at every corner.
Super Reviewer
½ October 31, 2013
Capitalizing off the success of "Top Gun", director Tony Scott and actor Tom Cruise reunite to bring about another strong drama, trading Naval aviators in for stock car racers, in "Days Of Thunder". Cruise plays Cole Trickle, a nobody racer without a sponsor brought in by Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) to get them into the business of racing. The real star of the show is Robert Duvall as Harry Hogge, the pit crew captain that has all but retired. It's when Hogee and Trickle work together that they become the unstoppable force in racing. Trickle's rivalry with Rowdy Burns (Michael Rooker) reaches the highest dynamics of the film, especially when it comes to them racing down the hallways of a hospital after a major crash on the track. Also, Trickle's blossoming relationship with Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman) takes front seat towards the second act of the film, in one of Kidman's strongest showings to date, despite being the stereotypical good woman drawn to a flawed man. Tony Scott's style shines through and banking on the popularity of Cruise at the height of his career, "Days Of Thunder" is an utter success, bringing more emotion and suspense to the screen than any racing film could ask for. As with "Top Gun", which was somewhat dated by its use of music, "Days Of Thunder" hits many of the same marks, but in the end, its a reminiscence that makes this film as strong as it is, reminding us of '90s in all the best ways.
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