Thunderstruck (2012 film)

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Directed by John Whitesell
Produced by Mike Karz
Written by Eric Champnella
Jeff Farley Dominic Allen
Starring Kevin Durant
Taylor Gray
Brandon T. Jackson
Doc Shaw
Jim Belushi
Music by Ali Dee Theodore
Cinematography Shawn Maurer
Edited by Tony Lombardo
Warner Premiere
Karz Entertainment
Goodwin Sports
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)
  • August 24, 2012 (2012-08-24)
Running time 94 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Thunderstruck is a 2012 children's film starring Kevin Durant, along with Taylor Gray, Brandon T. Jackson, Doc Shaw and Jim Belushi, and directed by John Whitesell. It was released on August 24, 2012.[1]


Brian is a 16-year-old teenager living in Oklahoma. Though he's tried out for the school basketball team, the Eagles, he never made the team, instead resigned to water boy for the team. While practicing at home, Brian's sister makes a video of him injuring himself. She shows the video around school, and it is eventually seen by Connor, the star player of the basketball team. Brian takes a liking to Isabelle, a new girl at school, but is embarrassed when Connor shows the video of him to the whole school. In order to cheer him up, Brian's dad takes him to a Thunder game against the Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

At halftime, Brian is chosen to shoot a half-court shot which he misses and hits Rumble, the mascot in the process. Later on, he meets Durant and expresses his desire to play just like him. When Durant signs the special edition Oklahoma City Thunder basketball that Brian got to shoot the half-court shot with, a surge of energy causes Durant's talent to transfer to Brian when he hands it over. The Thunder lose the game thanks to Derrick Rose of the Bulls, with Durant shot 0-13 in the 2nd half.

The next morning, Brian learns that Connor, who was at the game, recorded him missing the half-court shot and posted it online. Later that night he goes out to a carnival and sees Connor fail to hit shots to win a prize for the new girl, Isabelle. Connor challenges him to "do better", which Brian is able to do, winning a prize which he then gives to Isabelle. Meanwhile, Durant's performance declines at practices, but insists he's only in a slump.

After making several impressive shots at home, Brian decides to try out for the Eagles again. The coach, impressed by Brian's new skill, has Brian replace Connor as the team captain, and they win several games. Durant's agent learns of Brian and realizes that he is the same kid who missed the half-court shot. He tracks him down and explains that he believes Brian stole Durant's talent. He arranges for Durant and Brian to practice together to try to reverse it, but all attempts fail.

Shortly before the final game, Brian and Isabelle begin fighting about how Brian has changed. Eventually, Brian goes to apologize and, while watching the video of him missing the half-court shot at her house, realizes what has to be done to give Durant his talent back. He rides his bike all the way to Chesapeake Arena and finds Durant. He explains that he hit Rumble before the transfer, and theorized that that was what had to happen to reverse it. Durant throws a basketball and hits Rumble, and then repeats the conversation that he had with Brian at their first meeting. Durant gets his talent back, and the Thunder qualify for the playoffs.

At the final game for the Eagles, Brian is nervous about playing because he no longer has the talent. Though he plays rather poorly, with help from the other team members, including Connor, he still manages to lead his team to a close game and makes the final shot to win the game, sending the Eagles to the state playoffs for the first time in 32 years. Brian is later seen practicing with Kevin Durant and improving his game on his own.



While shooting the film, Durant said that the hardest part was not the acting, but rather the fact that he had to miss jump shots on purpose for the film, to indicate that he no longer had the ability to play basketball as well as he used to.[2]


Rotten Tomatoes reports that 20% of 10 critics praised the film with an average score of 4.2/10. The audience gave the film a "fresh" 70% rating.[3]


  1. ^ Young, Royce (2012-06-07). "‘Thunderstruck’ comes out Aug. 24". Daily Thunder. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  2. ^ McCann, Zach (2012-03-13). "Kevin Durant hopes NBA fans will love 'Thunderstruck'". Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Thunderstruck - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 

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