A Sound of Thunder

2006-11-03 10:11


In the year 2055, Charles Hatton's (Ben Kingsley) company, Time Safari, will take anyone with a big enough wallet back 65 million years for the thrill of their lives: dinosaur hunting. Thanks to Dr. Sonia Rand (Catherine McCormack), the team can effortlessly travel back in time, as long as they don't leave anything behind, change anything, or bring anything back. Expedition leader Travis Ryer (Ed Burns) feels the protocol is flawless, but Dr. Rand isn't certain.

Sure enough Ryer's gun malfunctions and clients must scamper for cover from an irate dinosaur. The team returns to 2055 shaken but unscathed. The next day mysterious trees and vines begin springing up through sidewalks and out of walls. It seems that something went terribly wrong on the last jump. As "time waves" sweep the planet, 65 million years of evolution and growth catch up with the present. Soon, monstrous creatures - giant baboons with lizard-like features, bat-faced teradactyls, and huge sea serpents - are literally taking over the planet.

What the critics are saying:

"The Ed Burns time-travel flick A Sound of Thunder takes us back 65 million years, to approximately the last moment when anyone still thought Ed Burns was talented."
- Kyle Smith, New York Post

"Watching A Sound of Thunder could possibly lower your IQ into the single digits."
- Paul Clinton, CNN.com

"A Sound of Thunder looks cobbled together from a half-baked screenplay and underdone special effects, but it's made with a certain heedless zeal that makes you smile if you're in tune with it."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

With an awful script, worse acting and pitiful special effects this ludicrous travel adventure is a strong contender for the worst movie of the year.

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