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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Wish I could go back in time and stop them making thisBy Shugg (21 reviews) from Edinburgh , 16 Jul 2011Another turgid film from Peter Hyams. This was held back for 2 years as it's that bad. Why he thought it would be a good idea to pad out a great 1952 short story by Ray Bradbury into a movie that makes no sense is beyond me.
Paradoxes galore, poor SFX that look like they're out of a computer game, mcguffin plot events and risible dialogue make it all a bit tedious. Even begins to feel like an expensive TV movie. Ben Kingsley must really have needed some dosh as the character he plays has the lot, silly hair, awful dialogue, terrible accent.
On the plus side it's not too long.
A sound of meh...By evilwavey (26 reviews) from Southampton , 15 Mar 2011Well whilst looking through my list of rented titles, I saw this and thought I don't remember this. But then when i clicked on the link, I remembered than when it arrived in the post and I watched it, I remembered I had already seen this.
So yes it is very forgettable.
It's a run of the mill small screen movie, that destroys the mind blowing concept of time travel and effecting the future with a weak script to make it feature length. Most short stories work best as short stories. That is part of their charm.
There's something wrong here...By a customer from Fleet , 22 Jul 2010Was this film really made by Peter Hyams, who's previous work includes 2010, Outland and The Relic?? And surely that can't be Sir Ben Kingsley, the man who famously brought Gandhi to life on the big screen? Oh dear. These two Hollywood stalwarts have obviously been kidnapped and were forced to make this steaming turd of a movie at gunpoint. We must rescue them before they are forced to do it again! Who's with me?
Oh dear!By technobabble (37 reviews) from Worcestershire, England , 13 Oct 2009Worst film ever? Hmmm, not quite, I'm sure everyone has seen at least one film that is worse than this, but it comes a close second to the worst film ever! This is not director Peter Hyam's finest hour after such understated entertaining flicks like 'Outland', 'The Presidio', 'Star Chamber', 'The Relic' etc. It is chock full of wooden acting, cheesy dialogue, a clunky script and very dodgy FX, which are used way too much, way too often - it's not a good idea to flaunt such second grade CGI! Special effects aren't everything but they made me whince in some places they were so bad especially some of the futuristic city street scenes. Although based on Ray Bradbury's novel, the 'don't-change-things-in-the-past-because-it-will-a ffect-the-future' storyline has been done numerous times before and much better, Hyam's himself has even tackled the subject before with the brilliant 'Timecop'. It had potential that unfortunately was never realised, the troubled production that plagued the film ultimately shows!
OK but not greatBy a customer from Birmingham , 03 Sep 2009This should have been a great film. Good story line, mostly good special effects, lots of action BUT the lead actor just seemed so wooden to me .It made it hard to suspend disbelief and whilst the film is worth watching I would only watch it once.