Days Of Thunder
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"With Days of Thunder, director Tony Scott tried to do for the Indy 500 what he did for the U.S. Air Force with Top Gun."
Days of Thunder tried to do for the DAYTONA 500, what he did for the US NAVY in Top Gun, Anyone who can't get that right, should not be reviewing movies..
Also from what I recall (maybe incorrectly) from watching NASCAR races (my father making me as he watched them and controlled the TV or forced to sit and watch when he dragged me to one of his friend's to watch a race) you don't go around the track slamming into cars etc. You get flagged and if enough rough housing you get kicked out. You definitely lose. Dunno. What I recall.
Overall not Tom's best.
I re watched Days of Thunder tonight. I like the movie. I really do. It's a bit of a caricature of NASCAR more than a realistic portrayal of it, but I'm totally fine with that. I don't care that Cole Trickle is the only driver or pit crew guy in the movie that isn't a southern bumpkin. I get what they are going for. I know it's not accurate but I don't care. It's an entertaining movie.
What bothers me about it is that it's Top Gun on wheels. Think about it.
Tom Cruise is the best of the best pilot / race car driver.
He gets the chance to fly / drive with the best pilots / race car drivers in the country.
He's a cocky jerk who thinks he knows it all and doesn't need to listen to the rules laid down by the wiser Viper / Harry Hogge
He proves he belongs flying / driving at this level after some rough early problems.
He meets a beautiful and far more mature combat flight instructor / doctor who's professional nature makes her want to keep Maverick / Cole Trickle at arms length. But he's so edgy that Charlie / Claire just can't resist and fall in love with him despite great risk to their professional reputations.
Then in a horrible crash he loses Goose / Rowdy Burns.
After that Maverick / Cole Trickle has trouble re-engaging. He gets back in the F-14 / Stock Car but is hesitant to push the envelope anymore.
Suddenly as he's flying / driving around in circles there's a crash. Other planes / cars are on fire. Smoke is everywhere. Maverick / Cole Trickle needs to focus right now and get his head back in the game.
He pulls it together, finds his nerve, and flies / drives right into the pack of enemy MiGs / other race cars. He comes out successful!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love all the racing action! The chemistry between the actors is excellent! Cruise is great! Duval is funny!Published 17 days ago by Allen Reische
I'm only giving this 2 stars because of how Amazon is selling the movie. The movie itself I give 4 stars. It's a classic and a good one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by IsThisYourHomeworkLarry
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