| December 4, 2012

NBA fans and children everywhere are sure to enjoy Thunderstruck, starring 3-time NBA All-Star and gold medalist Kevin Durant when Warner Home Video releases this new film on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on December 4th. Co-starring Taylor Gray (Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures), Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Doc Shaw (Disney’s Pair of Kings) and Jim Belushi (According to Jim).

When Brian (Taylor Gray), a hopelessly uncoordinated young basketball fan magically switches talents with his hero (Durant) he becomes the star of his high school team. Meanwhile, Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life. But with the NBA playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner involves working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right before catastrophe hits Durant’s most difficult season.

Just as NBA superstar Michael Jordan did before with Space Jam, and Shaq did in Blue Chips, so does Kevin Durant in Thunderstruck. In some ways, Durant outdoes the aforementioned stars by following the Hollywood playbook; give the audience someone to root for, give them a giant obstacle, and make their winning decision appropriate for the characters and the material. Writers Jeff Farley and Eric Champnella have done right by Durant in giving him a game plan that makes sense for an NBA star who wants to be in films. His character is true to Durant’s own winning nature, and the few times he is asked to step outside his comfort zone Durant rises to the challenge, just as he has done on the court. Director John Whitesell (Big Momma’s House 2, Deck The Halls, Malibu’s Most Wanted) is no stranger to comedy, and under his expertise all the elements come together to help make Thunderstruck so enjoyable.

This is a film full of durable messages about having a strong work ethic, about the importance of community, and about playing to one’s individual potential. Thunderstruck is an excellent film for young NBA fans everywhere.

Own it on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download 12.04.12.

About the Author:

Del Harvey is a co-founder of Film Monthly. He is an independent filmmaker, film director, screenwriter, and film teacher, currently living in Chicago.
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