Days of Thunder

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: John Stanley

Plot: What’s it about?

Time for another oldie but goodie,well not that old. Days of thunder was one of my favorites because it combines 3 of my favorite things, Tony Scott directing, DVD video quality, and NASCAR! The story is on lead character Cole Trickle played by Tom Cruise (Rain Man, Top Gun). Cole is an out of work Indy car driver until he meets up with fast talking Tim Daland played by Randy Quaid, the owner of the biggest used car dealership in Charlotte. Tim and Cole hook up and decide to take a run at NASCAR Winston cup racing with Cole driving and Tim paying the way, all they need is a leader, a mentor i.e. a crew chief. So Tim decides to pay a visit to legendary crew chief Harry Hogge played by Robert Duvall. Now persuading Harry to take the job is harder than it sounds, Harry quit NASCAR a year ago to avoid media spotlight on the death of his championship driver from a year ago. But Tim ,being the fast talking, car salesmen that he his, convinces Harry to check out this new rookie driver. Well, the three finally get together and decide to give it a green light (pardon the term). Throughout the ups and downs of Coles quest comes friendship,defeat,victory,loss and love in the form of Cruises love interest played by Nicole Kidman. This is a good movie especially if your a fan of NASCAR like I am.

Well, when the production team of Simpson and Bruckheimer put a film together,look out! Its going to be fast, loud, action packed and gut wrenching. Throw director Tony Scott into the mix and you’ve got a great film. Simpson and Bruckheimer like using Tony Scott and they use him often, why? He’s a great Director that’s why. Films like Top Gun and True Romance just to name two off the top of my head. And Days of Thunder even though it might only appeal to the racing fans, is another great movie on Scotts list.

The cast and crew……Well nuff said about Tony Scott he’s defiantly on my top 5 of favorite directors, Tom Cruise gives a good but average performance. Robert Duvall as Harry, well he plays it well a good ol’ boy who grew up, ate, slept and dreamed NASCAR. Randy Quaids performance as Tim Daland is surprisingly good. and Nicole Kidman well…she was kinda…..just there.Overall this was a good film,not spectacular just good,which by today’s standards of crap that gets mass produced, is pretty good. I had to force my girlfriend to watch this film kicking and screaming, I watched her as she watched. Her expressions were ever changing, excitement, fear, laughter. So check it out and I think you’ll like it too.

Video: How does it look?

The video presented in its original widescreen release is very good. The picture and color are sharp, no bleeds even the smallest face in the crowd is crisp. The sponsors logos on the cars hoods shows bright and clean even from a distance. very nice video here, personally IM surprised because I’ve never been too impressed by paramounts quality in that department.

Audio: How does it sound?

Also good, surround sound is key for this film. The cars whistling by at 200+ MPH sounds like the DAYTONA 500 in your living room. Not much sub-woof action but the surround excitement more than makes up for it. And the Dolby 5.1 surround is also available in French…cool.

Supplements: What are the extras?

OK i was pissed off, a theatrical trailer, that’s it…..that’s all…….i don’t count 2nd or 3rd languages as extras so that’s the only extra its got. Would’ve loved commentary by Tony Scott, oh well.

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