Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thunder Run (1986)
At least that's what the film should be all about but sadly it takes forever to get to that part as we get a ton of life in the small desert town the characters live in: road races, wooing potential investors in the mine, a bar fight, it just gets to the point where you wonder if the second half was written first along with the setup and the rest of the movie was just thrown in randomly.
There's about twenty minutes of filler on the front end of the film but at around the midway point things finally start picking up. Forrest Tucker makes for a charming action hero and Shepard isn't too bad either. The fun really starts with an A-Team montage done to some decidedly less than bad ass music as Charlie, his grandson and some of his friends put together the truck.
The action is great cheesy fun with explosions, the truck (called Thunder, naturally) turning out to be more gadget laden than the average car in a Bond film, the bad guys in hilariously tricked out VW Bugs (even with the camo paint job and missile rigs they look silly), the truck jumping a train, it's just a great assortment of stunts on display here which helps the movie greatly.
About the only thing I can gripe about is the villains are rather bland and dull with little to no characterization. The end twist is also a little predictable but it still pays off well enough.
Overall, Thunder Run is a fun, entertaining little movie that deserves to be remembered.