Days of Thunder (1990)

days of thunderBy Scott Goldfine

Tom Cruise stars as up-and-coming stock car racer Cole Trickle in this film by the makers of “Top Gun.” Under the tutelage of head mechanic Robert Duvall, Cruise matures as a man as he learns the ropes of the NASCAR circuit.

But this film never shifts out of first gear — it’s flat and predictable with action that’s loud, not thrilling. This Tony Scott-directed release also stars Nicole KidmanRandy Quaid, Cary Elwes, Michael Rooker and John C. Reilly. Rated PG-13.


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