Thunderstruck Video: Watch Official Trailer of Kevin Durant's New Movie

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2012

In the pantheon of horrible movies starring athletes, we have a new contender for the worst idea ever: Kevin Durant starring in Thunderstruck.

Why, Kevin?


This one breaks my heart, because Durant is one of my favorite players in the NBA. I'm excited to see if his Oklahoma City Thunder can begin a Midwest dynasty this year.

And then he has to go and agree to do a movie like this and totally ruin all of it. You're better than this, Kevin!

There have been plenty of good movies that included athletes. Go look up Jim Brown on IMDB. Ray Allen held it down in He Got Game. Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway didn't ruin Blue Chips. Even Space Jam was fun as a kid, corny as it was.

But this?

This is bad. I'm talking Shaq starring in Kazaam bad. I'm talking Gheorghe Muresan in My Giant corny. I had to watch the trailer a second time just to wrap my head around this monstrosity.

Okay, okay, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. But c'mon, aren't there better options for movies starring NBA icons than this?

Maybe have LeBron James star in a move called Not One, where he is cursed to wilting in the clutch and failing to win an NBA title by a fan present at his introduction to the Miami Heat, when he famously guaranteed multiple NBA titles.

That might be a documentary, actually.

Or maybe a rom-com starring Dwight Howard where he hilariously has commitment issues and keeps leading women on due to his indecisiveness. We'll keep it simple and call it Courting Dwight.

But Thunderstruck? C'mon. I can tell you how the plot should work. Kid develops mad game. Kid dunks in front of his friend. Coach accuses him of using steroids. Kid doesn't test positive for steroids. Kid is abducted one day and scientists perform medical tests on him. Kevin Durant is out of league way too early and Russell Westbrook takes 50 shots a game.

This got dark. That's what happens when people decide to make movies like Thunderstruck.


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