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“Days of Thunder"- (Blu-ray)
Reviewer:
Taylor Carlson
Studio: Paramount
Genre:
Action
Release Date:
12/30/08
Special Features:

Trailer

Review:

Days of Thunder is directed by Tony Scott, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Robert Duvall. ***

Days of Thunder follows the life of an up-and-coming young and cocky race car driver (Cruise), determined to be the best. The film follows his struggle to be number one, as he encounters a love interest (Kidman) and his often-strained relationship with the race track’s chief mechanic (Duvall.) ***

Days of Thunder should have been entitled “Days of Plagiarism” or “Top Gun at the Race Track.” The film plagiarizes the high-flying classic in every way imaginable, trying to disguise it as a racing film. The cast will instantly look familiar, as it has Top Gun’s director, producer, and star. Even the actors that didn’t participate in Top Gun are more-or-less carbon copies of its characters. This is a poorly-disguised sham of a film that doesn’t stand the test of time the way the film does that is being ripped off here. ***

Days of Thunder has a ton of flaws Top Gun didn’t – paper-thin characters, a predictable storyline, and a dated filming style. Okay, okay. Maybe Top Gun wasn’t innocent in all those areas either, but at least it doesn’t take the flaws to the next level the way Thunder does. How Robert Duvall, who brought us classic characters like Tom Hagen and Augustus McCrae, was conned into doing this movie I will never know.

Image and Sound:

This is a weak transfer. The image quality is inconsistent, often looking grainy and dirty throughout. There are a few shots in the movie that look fantastic, but they’re too few and far between. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear they just took the old DVD transfer and slapped it on a Blu-Ray without much revamping. Audio features a TruHD track, but it’s very front-heavy and weak compared to similar films from the same studio and era.

Special Features:

There’s only one pit stop on this race track – a TRAILER. Yes, that’s it. The theatrical trailer. Nothing more. Guess the crew hates this film as much as audiences and critics. ---

Final Words:

If you haven’t figured it out, Thunder is a paint-by-numbers Top Gun rip-off that bombed at the box office for good reason. You may want to watch it once just for kicks, but don’t expect much. ---

 

 
 
 
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