Days of Thunder Reviews

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April 12, 2015
(54%)
Tom Cruise and and Tony Scott return, only this time Tom drives a really fast car instead of driving a really fast plane. This very much tries to follow on the back of the success of Top gun with more or less the same plot and structure with its bolted on love story sub-plot and more than a fair share of fast paced action. So in terms of being a modern-day classic this doesn't have what it takes, it's too crude, predictable, and forgettable; yet it's still worth a look for either fans of the director/star or racing cars. Cruise's character is an underdeveloped show-off, but he is at least played with a degree of effort. And this is a well made production with well directed action, a good supporting cast, and a quality feel throughout.
March 31, 2015
The movie has some absurd scenes as well as dialogue that defeats the dramatic and underdog nature its striving to achieve.
March 25, 2015
Just a hollow script hoping the flash and dash race scenes would make up for it,it didn't
½ March 8, 2015
A cheesy guilty-pleasure filled with the late 80's music and formulaic characters. Tony Scott infuses his usual stylish visual into "Days of Thunder", and the result is energetic fun. Don't take it seriously and you will have a good time.
February 15, 2015
I can't really say this movie is a masterpiece, but the visuals, including the gripping moments out on the racetrack and the beautiful depictions of the heart of America, plus brilliant performances by Cruise and Rooker, tie it together into an overall okay film.
December 31, 2014
Good harmless fun. Basically Top Gun on wheels, with Cary Elwes playing the communist stock car driver. Completely predictable, but enjoyable.
July 14, 2013
The "Top Gun" team goes down to the race tracks with some similar plot points, and same heart being put into the racing situations. (A-)

(Full review coming soon)
August 22, 2014
A 'wafer thin' plot is peripheral to the footage of stock car racing, that is almost deafening.

Nicole Kidman plays a neurosurgeon.
½ August 4, 2014
A sort of top gun for the asphalt. Not as fun, but still has a lot of heart. Duvall is the stand-out in this movie!
August 3, 2014
Stock-car racing turned into demolition derby, or at least a form of high-speed bumper cars. From the filmmakers of "Top Gun," this sports drama follows the same formula, transplanted to auto racing. These are professional racecar drivers who are portrayed as speed and competition junkies, constantly racing and crashing into each other with minimal strategy, both on the track and off. As a spectacle, auto racing is inherently not compelling visually, so the imagery becomes repetitious and the soundtrack is noisy. Tom Cruise is a novice driver hired by an owner (Randy Quaid) with the aid of a hardened crew chief (Robert Duvall) to win the Daytona 500. Nicole Kidman is Cruise's doctor and love interest; Michael Rooker and Carey Elwes are rival drivers. As Cruise's mentor and racing guru, Duvall is exceptional. He brings a quiet authority and sincerity to a conventional role. The rest of the cast is marginal. Screenplay by Robert Towne with story by Towne and Cruise; produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer; directed by Tony Scott. With Fred Dalton Thompson and John C. Reilly.
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.
January 7, 2008
One of my favorite movies! Who ever made the quiz with the movie cover as the picture that has the least number of people taken it needs to do their research on the release date a little better. It came out in 1990 not 2000.
½ April 25, 2011
A visually engaging film that is pretty thin on character development and plot. Essentially a lesser version of Top Gun that's about cars instead of planes.
March 20, 2014
24 years later, finally watched it! I think it's AWESOME!
½ February 27, 2014
Didn't get into it as I would have liked. They should've named it DAYS OF PLUNDER. Too bad there wasn't a way to give it a 1/4 star instead of 1/2.
February 21, 2014
It's literally Top Gun but car racing instead, still entertaining though.
½ February 9, 2014
Fun formulaic and visually and soundwise pretty awesome despite its predictability, its fun with some credibility thanks to Cruise and Duvall's chemistry
January 3, 2014
I was entertained. Get over how un-realistic it was. It wasn't that kind of film.
½ December 26, 2013
Top Gun meet your brother Days Of Thunder---Cruise trades in Flight Suit for Racing suit !!!!
½ November 27, 2013
Um NASCAR-Filme estrelado por Tom Cruise. Days of Thunder mantém alguns momentos de competência surpreendente, embora no geral é um filme inconsistente e ralo.
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