Rating: 4 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 09/14/2020
Talented but unproven stock car driver Cole Trickle gets a break and with the guidance of veteran Harry Hogge turns heads on the track. The young hotshot develops a rivalry with a fellow racer that threatens his career when the two smash their cars. But with the help of his doctor, Cole just might overcome his injuries—and his fear.
Rated PG-13 | Length 107 minutes
Margo Martindale | Tom Cruise | Don Simpson | Randy Quaid | Cary Elwes | Gerald R. Molen | Nicole Kidman | Robert Duvall | John C. Reilly | Leilani Sarelle | Michael Rooker | Fred Dalton Thompson | J. C. Quinn | Donna W. Scott | Caroline Williams | Michael Burgess
Jesus, this thing is 30 years old. First time watch as I’d mostly been avoiding it for a long time because stock car racing, rednecks and Tom Cruise playing Tom Cruise really aren’t my thing. One of the few Tony Scott films I hadn’t seen though, and it was a cheap buy used at 2nd & Charles so here we are.
Such a strange cast but they mostly fit the roles and work ok, that is if they were ever allowed to bring any real depth to their characters. Very shallow, slick but hollow kind of film, which is really Tony Scott’s thing so exactly what I expected.
Cruise’s character is so ridiculously unbelievable though, as is the laughable relationship with Nicole Kidman’s character.
And the NASCAR culture of the 80s/90s is on full display here with the constant confederate flags, over-the-top dick swinging and folksy Southern farm bullshit. Does not age well given that NASCAR just banned confederate flags at races this year (finally).
Really, an embarrassing movie.