Jackie runs an auto repair shop, and is an expert on race cars.
At night he helps HK police try to catch a ring of drivers who are using
city streets to race their illegally souped-up cars. This leads to his
involvement with a notorious international terrorist/race driver (?)
known as “Cougar,” a psychopath who kidnaps Jackie’s sisters and
holds them hostage, forcing Jackie to compete with him in a race in
Debbie’s Review: Don’t believe all the
bad stuff you’ve heard about this one. Many people complain about the
amount of screen time devoted to car races in this film (except, of
course, guys who love car racing), and about the fact that Jackie is
heavily doubled in the fight scenes. Admittedly, this film does have
problems: about 1/4 of the film is devoted to racing scenes, and not
only are they boring after a while, but the racing is ridiculously
speeded up, making them look silly and unreal (AND you can make them
look even sillier by watching them all on fast-forward, which
is what I always do!)
And yes, Jackie is heavily doubled in the fight
scenes. He was recovering from the broken ankle that he sustained filming Rumble in
the Bronx, but Thunderbolt was on a tight shooting schedule to be
released for Chinese New Year (a Jackie Chan Hong Kong tradition) so a
double was used for most of the fighting. Added to that is the style
that action director Sammo Hung used: lots of cuts and blurry slow-mo
shots do spoil some of the action, but I still find the fight scenes to
The real reason I like this movie is the story
line. This is the only time in his career that Jackie’s character is
part of a family, and although the tone of the film is quite serious
overall, the scenes with Jackie and his dad and sisters are very warm
and touching. I also enjoyed the chance to see Jackie in another rare
dramatic role…it’s a nice change of pace. It has a great music
score, and I really enjoyed the scenes when he and his crew are preparing for the big
race, with the help of a pretty young reporter who is dogging Jackie for
a scoop, but ends up with a big case of puppy love instead (well, who
Jackiechanmanuk's Review: this move seems to get alot of criticism but i think its great.The racing scenes are amazing (Jackie would have wanted them to be good because hes crazy about cars and racing them) and the one fight in the amusement arcade is superb and there also a just as awe enspiring fight in his garage. You can tell on screen that hes passionate about what hes doing.The stunt inside his metal crate room is really good aswell dont believe the press until u actually see it.It is a good film and its a little different for a change.
Whitney's Review: This is the best film ever in the whole world! I love this one sooooooooo much! It's also because Jackie plays a very different character than in the other movies of his. I like the race and the fight in the Pachinko the most. And also the love between Jackie and Anita. They're the cutest couple in the world!
Score: 1000000(you get the idea)/10
kdawg's Review: When i first saw this movie i was amazed. It is probobly my favorite jackie chan movie ever. And the stunts are awsome. But then i read debbs review when she said he used a stunt double and i almost cried. I can't believe it! This movie is good and comon! the slow mo scenes are only on for a minute. Even though i was dissapointed that there was abig race instead of a big fight at the end it still is a good movie. Buy or rent it...now! P.S.The reason i didn't give it a 10 is because i don't like racing. But the racing in this was cool.
Hervey Taylor's Review: Jackie
Chan is such a great martial artist and actor. On top of that he's
naturally a genuine nice guy. I saw this movie and loved it. I loved it
so much that I watched it again the next day. I think it's a good movie.
It's a simple plot. If you watch this film looking for Drunken Master 2,
or a Rush Hour then you will be dissapointed both ways. It's just a
simple movie with good martial arts sequences and good acting. Jackie
did a damn good job of acting in this movie.
Review: decent movie
Rahman's Review: This is probably the best Jackie Chan film ever. If
only Jackie had not broken his ankle in RUMBLE IN THE BRONX  and
used a stunt double then it could have been twice as better.
Review: The only bad thing about this movie is the story that is the backround to everything,-Race with me or your family will die. it,s just like -fight me or your family will die or -my kung fu is better then yours.
Andy's Review: Thunderbolt...well, I saw the movie not knowing that Jackie was using a stunt double for much of the action scenes. That actually explains a lot, like why the director shot every fight scene with about 1,000 jump cuts (to the point where Jackie hit someone, jump cut, guy hits the ground, jump cut, Jackie reacts.) That got really annoying because one of the greatest aspects of Jackie's action scenes is how driven he is to make everything perfect, and his best scenes are often when the camera is still and we can just marvel at the moves and the choreography. Also, the "Cougar destroys Jackie's family's junkyard house with a crane" was pretty cool, but again, I was annoyed by the slow-mo shots. If lifting your room with a crane and tossing it around isn't exciting enough and the action needs to be slowed down to increase damatic tension...well, something's wrong. And I agree about the race at the end. I didn't feel it went TOO long, but the obvious "speeding up" of the film gave it a keystone cops feel it didn't need. I also agree that the soundtrack was one of the better ones from a Jackie Chan film.
Score: 7/10 (didn't suck, but Jackie should have healed, done the stunts, and directed himself. But he's only one man, and deadlines won't wait in HK films!)