Days of Thunder has Tom Cruise and plenty of flash going for it, but they aren't enough to compensate for the stock plot, two-dimensional characters, and poorly written dialogue. Rate this movie.
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The most daring thing about his cat-and-mouse game with Kidman is how erotic Noyce makes it. Tim Robey. Like the previous Simpson-Bruckheimer pictures, it's designed to give audiences an overdose of the thrill of victory; it wants us to jump out of our seats, pumping our fists in the air and roaring for the hero to pulverize his opponents.
Terrence Rafferty. Dave Kehr. Days of Thunder just streaked in, fast as a race-car paint job and about as flat. Sheila Benson. Not only does Days of Thunder disappoint on the basic narrative level, it is also a peculiarly thrill-less action movie. Shot from the driver's point of view, the race sequences lose their novelty as swiftly as a video game. Carrie Rickey. Days of Thunder does accomplish the job it sets out to do. It's sometimes funny, sometimes exciting and never too boring or offensive.
In a disappointing movie season -- as this one has started out to be -- that can seem like quite an accomplishment. Jay Boyar. A vanity piece for Tom Cruise, who makes sure that he looks even prettier than co-star Nicole Kidman. Matt Brunson. The most awesome technical feat of Days of Thunder's massive gadgetry is Cruise in close-up. Otis Stuart. For race car enthusiasts, Days of Thunder is a treat with great action scenes.
Allison Rose. The only historically noteworthy thing about this big, dumb testosterone fantasy is the first screen teaming of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Richard Kuipers. James Kendrick. A Formula One stock car racing flick that's formulaic and cliche-ridden. Dennis Schwartz.
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View All Videos 1. View All Photos 4. Movie Info. The Top Gun team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, and superstar Tom Cruise reunite for this excursion into stock-car racing that incorporates the vroom and rumble of deafening car engines with a rehash of the same elements that worked so effectively in Cruise's Top Gun, The Color of Money, and Cocktail.
Cruise plays stock-car driver Cole Trickle, a young fireball on the Southern stock-car circuit who has loads of talent but no conception of how to channel that talent in to racing success. When Tim Daland Randy Quaid commissions veteran stock-car racer Harry Hogge Robert Duvall to built a car and hires Cole to drive it, Harry must instill in Cole his philosophy of winning and teach him how to channel his raw talent into success -- or, as Harry puts it, "controlling something that's out of control.
Because of his injuries, Rowdy is forced to withdraw from the circuit competition. With no rival to torment, Rowdy becomes Cole's supporter and friend, while Cole revs up his motors for Dr. Claire Lewicki Nicole Kidman , the attractive brain specialist who supervises Cole's recovery from the crackup.
Cole's health is restored, and he begins to race again, chastened and hanging onto Harry's every word. Cole appears to have centered himself for success, but in an orgasmic grand finale, Cole must compete against Russ Wheeler Cary Elwes , a dastardly driver who not only wants to see Cole defeated but permanently disabled. Tony Scott. Robert Towne.