Thunder Road (2018)

Jim Cummings directs himself, Nican Robinson and Jocelyn DeBoer in this comedy drama where a simple and frustrated small town cop has a series of breakdowns after his mother dies and his ex-wife sues for sole custody of their daughter.

Essentially a series of one-man show monologues from an awkward, desperate soul we are supposed to find sweet and endearing. While there are other characters and jolts of action, this most often feels like a one-man piece of Fringe theatre cinematised. If you go with it you’ll find its manipulations and indie palette pleasing. I found Cumming’s delivery of intense, haphazard, half sentence monologues draining by the end of the first scene. Not entirely sure I had much sympathy for a uniform policeman prone to violence and self delusion nor the particularly bad taste device that is kickstarted in the final scenes to set his life back on track. I can see what it was going for, see why people like it, but it wasn’t for me.

5

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