Distant Thunder (1988)


“My father wants to see me. He sure took his sweet ass-time about it. ” – Jack Lambert

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A Vietnam Vet living in seclusion tries to reconnect with his teenage son.

My Take on it – Great premise that unfortunately isn’t presented well enough.

Both John Lithgow and Ralph Macchio are great actors, but the dialogue feels too forced in the film.

The story is a very timely one for when it came out and presents a story that was quite relevant to the late 80’s.

The dynamics between the two characters is done well because it is meant to be strained and that works.

It’s a bit hard to actually believe that Lithgow character was a Navy SEAL years earlier, but it actually helps build a unique kind of character for him since he has always been such a versatile actor throughout his whole career.

It’s very easy to try and understand what they attempt to do here, but it just doesn’t feel plausible enough in the way that it all is presented and plays out.

The supporting cast is also great and has numerous character actors playing some intriguing parts.

Loved seeing Denis Ardnt, Tom Bower, Jamey Sheridan and Kerrie Keane and they all are enjoyable to watch here.

Th story goes a bit off track towards the end and that hurts things because the build up was engaging throughout.

Unfortunately, there are other movies/TV shows that have done this kind of theme much better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Lithgow’s character (Mark Lambert) was a Navy SEAL during his service in Vietnam. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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