A Sound of Thunder details
|Starring:||Ben Kingsley, Catherine McCormack, David Oyelowo, Edward Burns, Jemima Rooper|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
A Sound of Thunder
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Sep 2006|
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Some good sfx, but a poor transfer to DVDBy a customer from Birmingham, UK , 21 May 2006
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[Highly rated reviewer]This film cost in the region of $80 million, and had a limited theatrical release in the US, but bombed at the box office. A pity, because if you consider it as a 'straight-to-DVD' film it is quite impressive as the budget allows some good CGI creatures. The film concerns an unscrupulous businessman who uses time-travel capability to send big game hunters back in time to hunt dinosaurs which were on the point of dying/being killed anyway, so history and causality are not effected. After an accident one hunter accidentally brings back a dead butterfly from the past, and then 'waves of time' start to change current reality. Mutated creatures and evolved dinosaurs start to take up residence, and somehow our heroes have to go back and stop the accident from happening. The film is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury but he distanced himself from the film. My main gripe with the DVD is that the film transfer is very dark, and in some scenes it is difficult to see what is going on!
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Pleasantly surprised!By Simon Williams from Cardiff , 07 Nov 2006I expected this film to be rubbish but was pleasantly surprised by it. The acting is a bit wooden here and there and the special effects a bit ropey but the director tells the story very well. It's a cracking sci-fi story line (a ray bradbury classic)and not run of the mill standard hollywood guff. Maybe more for the sci-fi buff but I felt with a with a big budget this could have been amazing.
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Bradbury's Idea handled badlyBy Keeno (15 reviews) from Reading , 06 Nov 2006Long ago when I was a lad, renting crappy videos from my local garage, I would have gladly put up with the ropey CGI, terrible acting and dribbling dialogue. But in today's hi-def, digital age and being 30 and very picky, I found this movie utterly annoying.
Taken from a short story by Ray bradbury, adapted into a screenplay and left with so many plot holes the script must have resembled swiss cheese.
The premise is intriguing and at the end of the day this is what postal-rental is all about 'renting films you probably wouldn't look twice at in the shop'. So if you're a serious sci-fi nut - this maybe worth checking out. But if you're expecting Skywalker Ranch style effects and a solid plot - think again.
Jurassic park...this ain't
AverageBy a customer from london , 30 Oct 2006A fairly average sci-fi thriller. The effects in the futuristic city are some of the worst I've ever seen.
DissapointingBy Tailgunner from UK , 20 Oct 2006A good looking film in many ways. Effects are ok as are the cast, as is everything. In fact 'ok' sums up the whole thing. Worth a look unless you are an admirer of Ray Bradbury's source story which is a mindbending concept that should underpin the whole feel of the movie but becomes a barley addressed backdrop to special effects and dull characters.
truly awfulBy a customer from Wales , 19 Sep 2006Its a pity you cannot award zero or minus stars, because this would be minus many! I have seen some bad films in my time and this is right down there with the worst of them.Everything from the effects to the acting is woeful, which is a shame because on paper this movie sounded fun.Some people may enjoy this but no one could say it was good and be telling the truth!