Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1990. Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Paramount Pictures. Story by Robert Towne, Tom Cruise, Screenplay by Robert Towne. Cinematography by Ward Russell. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson. Music by Hans Zimmer. Production Design by Benjamin Fernandez, Thomas E. Sanders. Costume Design by Susan Becker. Film Editing by Robert C. Jones, Chris Lebenzon, Bert Lovitt, Michael Tronick, Stuart Waks, Billy Weber. Academy Awards 1990.
The formula is mighty tired in this completely unoriginal race-car film starring Tom Cruise. Presumably intended as a project for Cruise to incorporate his love of car racing into his work, the story is basically a rehash of Top Gun: cocky young man is so good at what he does he’s too good, to the point where his ego gets in the way of his skill. Robert Duvall plays the worldly father figure, Nicole Kidman the eighteen year-old surgeon with whom he falls in love (as he did in real life, when during filming they started dating and a year later were married). Devotees of the star might enjoy it, while anybody else will be turned off by the boring characters, the predictable outcome and Hans Zimmer’s tacky beer commercial music score.