The Radio Times logo

Thunder Road

  • 2018
  • Jim Cummings (2)
  • 90 mins
  • 15
Advertisement

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Very much the passion project of hitherto unknown comic writer and performer Jim Cummings, Thunder Road was crowdfunded on Kickstarter, based on the promise of a one-take, 13-minute short film in which Cummings plays grief-stricken police officer Jim Arnaud, who's giving an excruciating eulogy at his mother's funeral. This now forms the opening scene of the full-length feature, named after Jim's mother's favourite Bruce Springsteen song. Shot on the hoof around Austin, Texas, it certainly announces the gangly, Jim Carrey-indebted Cummings as a precocious talent, although some will find that the extended riff outlives the novelty value of its welcome. Written, directed, scored and co-edited by the resourceful Cummings, the feature reveals the full extent of Jim's woes: a bad-tempered divorce, the feared loss of custody of his daughter (Kendal Farr), trouble at work due to mental stress and a dance academy bequeathed to him by his mother, all of which build to an inevitable crescendo. Cummings slaloms between a sweet nature and a short volatile temper, making him a hard man to like, but it's a committed performance.

How to watch

Loading

Credits

Cast

rolename
Officer Jim ArnaudJim Cummings (2)
Crystal ArnaudKendal Farr
Officer Nate LewisNican Robinson
Rosalind ArnaudJocelyn DeBoer
Dustin ZahnMacon Blair
The CaptainBill Wise
Morgan ArnaudChelsea Edmundson

Crew

rolename
DirectorJim Cummings (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo
Released on
2019-05-31
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content