Thunder Road

 (284)7.11 h 30 min201816+
Thunder Road follows a southern Police Officer (Jim Cummings) on his journey to raise his young daughter as a love letter to his late Mom. Heart-warming and hilarious, Jim struggles to cope with everyday life. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW.
Jim Cummings
Jim CummingsNican RobinsonKendal Farr
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Macon BlairJocelyn DeboerChelsea Edmundson
Natalie MetzgerZack ParkerBenjamin Wiessner
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsHeartfelt/Uplifting with a very human sense of humor to it
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I recently went through the loss of a pet and this movie spoke to me on a very deep level. I identified deeply with the mix of emotions Jim Cummings' character is feeling and displaying. I like the inclusion of the desperate comedic side of grief. Not everything is stoic and somber and sad when bad things happen. They are, to a degree, but in our grief, we do silly things or act foolish. Those moments are the most real, for me. They really brought a sense of realism to the entire production. It's okay though, we all have our own ways of grieving. I've been told by others that it's totally normal. (To those that have seen the movie, you'll get that.)
On a technical level, this movie is beautifully shot. I heard that it was made for around $190,000. I've seen movies with 10 times that budget that didn't look this good.-
Lastly, all of the long takes really add a sense of purpose to every scene, really letting you marinate in the emotion of the moment on screen. This movie is quite ambitious (for what I believe is a first feature?) and it really shows. You can really tell this movie was made by someone who really knew what they were doing and knew very well what they wanted to get across with each screen. The movie moves along at a brisk, refreshing pace, giving you purposeful bits of information in every scene with as little as a characters facial expression. You really feel like you're along for every moment of this journey with this guy.
I really loved the scene in the classroom with the parent teacher conference. Very realistic. Little touches like that with the desk, really added a nice extra layer, a little extra TLC. It would have been so easy to go the typical overreaction route, but his unique reaction really added something new to the scene and made the payoff all that more meaningful. (those that have seen it will know)
Watch this movie!
12 people found this helpful
Garet AbignailReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant in so many ways.
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Just an incredible film. Also an incredible achievement for the director/actor/writer in getting this film made. Bravo Mr. Jim Cummings. Can't wait to see your future work. Keep telling stories that really matter.
19 people found this helpful
William BoyleReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsPulling Out of Here to Win
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I’m a huge fan of the short & was anxious to see how it’d work as a feature. It’s a knockout: funny, raw-nerved, unpredictable. As a writer/director, Cummings makes weird, wonderful choices. As an actor, he’s one of the all-time greats at crying and shouting; his performance is full of slapstick physicality and just tender as hell. Can’t stop thinking about this beautiful film.
20 people found this helpful
Andrew T. DrefsReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsWhat's the point?
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We found this movie to be completely unentertaining and pointless. Yes his mom dies and yes he's raising his daughter but so what? Where's the heartwarming story, where's the humor? We got a good 20-30 minutes into this and just shut it off out of boredom.
15 people found this helpful
M. VranckenReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsNot what you expect.
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Considering I was a sobbing mess by the last scene, suffice to say, if you go into this thinking it's a heartfelt comedy, I would argue that THAT notion is disingenuous to the masterpiece that this film is. It's so much MORE. Yes, there are funny parts and some incredibly awkward parts (the opening specifically), but those are all dominos set to fall as Jim's life crumbles around him and he loses literally everything (including his pants) only to rise from the ashes with the few things that really REALLY matter. I struggled with how bleak and hopeless some scenes were, and I really considered just turning the film off. But I'm glad I stuck with it and gave it the honest full-watch. It's 100% worth your 90 minutes.
11 people found this helpful
B. LiuReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsPainfully bad waste of time and money
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I generally enjoy independent films that may have quirky characters, unusual pacing, ambiguous endings, etc., but my hustband and I found this painful to watch. I don’t know what other reviewers saw that we didn’t, but we found the acting to be stilted, and the direction & camera work are amateurish. The story did not draw us in, but we continued to watch, hoping that—based on the comments of prior reviewers—there would eventually be a payoff. But no. We found nothing uplifting or heartwarming about this film. It was a waste of our time and money. If one could “return” a streaming rental for a refund, I would.
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SonrisasReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsNot My Cup of Tea
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a police officer struggles to manage the stress of his job, a divorce, loss of custody of his daughter and the passing of his mother. The police officer's personality fills a space somewhere between extremely weird and mentally disturbed (not sure which). I know the movie is labeled a comedy, but I never felt it was okay to laugh at the struggles of the main character. Instead it just became this sad, weird and overwrought movie. Not my cup of tea.
9 people found this helpful
Kunal PatelReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsHeartfelt character study
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Amazing performance by Jim Cummings as a broken man struggling to keep it together.
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