Days of Thunder is a motorsport movie, centered around the NASCAR series. The young, ‘no-fear’ stock car driver Cole Trickle (played by Tom Cruise) gets the chance to compete in the series but although he is fast, he also has a very hot temper which will go on to get him into trouble with other drivers and members of his own team. It’s not all about the racing though as Cole struggles to maintain personal relationships in and out of racing. He has particular trouble winning over Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman) who disapproves of his career choices.
Were the cast any good?
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are, of course, big names and they don’t disappoint despite this movie being towards the beginning of their acting careers. Supported well by the likes of Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes and Michael Rooker, there is no shortage of acting talent in this movie.
What was good about the movie?
The movie included some exciting racing footage which was edge-of-the-seat if you are a racing or NASCAR fan. The story overall is quite well told, with a few snippets of humour helping the movie flow.
What was bad about the movie?
The storyline is fairly predictable as the movie progresses and so it is none too difficult to guess what will happen next. This takes the edge of the movie slightly as you are not really waiting to see what will happen, but more like how it will happen.
Would you watch it again?
Personally, being a fan of any movie which includes motorsport, I would be inclined to watch it again but I certainly think that it would be too easy to become quickly bored with the movie, especially as you would memorise the already predictable plotline.
Who would you recommend it to?
Anyone interested in racing movies or seeing some NASCAR footage from around 1990 would like this movie, and it very much depicts the sport to be about a whole lot more than just driving around in circles! It has it’s fair share of action and drama to entertain anyone who is not necessarily interested in NASCAR or motorsport. The movie is not too serious either and so is fairly easy to watch without needing to try hard to understand.