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A Sound of Thunder (2005)

Cast: Edward Burns, Catherine McCormack, Ben Kingsley, Jemima Rooper, David Oyelowo, Joshua Oppenheimer

Director(s): Peter Hyams

Language: English

Genre: Science Fiction

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In A SOUND OF THUNDER, based on a short story by Ray Bradbury, director Peter Hyams (END OF DAYS, TIMECOP) creates a world where time travel is possible and life as we know it is threatened. 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 Tammy, a talking computer created by Dr. Sonia Rand (Catherine McCormack), the time-travel team returns with clien... [Get complete synopsis]


MasterWoodsman wrote on July 23, 2006, 5:42 pm
I had read the original sci-fi story when I was a teen, so I expected how the story would go. But then it morphed into an odd retelling of Jurassic Park with very screwed science.


First off, Evolution is a fairly simple concept with tons of available information. Every biology grad knows about it. How hard can it be to get the facts straight? My big problem with the movie's treatment of this topic is how it assumes that we were the "last" species to evolve and thus are the last to be changed by the effects of time. This has so many problems I can't go into detail about all the reasons why. Let me just state that every species is equally evolved. Evolution means adapting to your environment. If your environment is stable there will be less changes. Think of it another way: All the species on the planet represent the surviving 1% of all species that every existed. They represent the "winners". All this poppycock that we're more evolved than other species because we're intelligent is just plain bull.

The time travel bit of the story started off great, but then this idiotic notion of timewaves came about and it started making less and less sense. How come the monkeys evolved and we didn't? Why is everyone aware that time has changed? Wouldn't everything appear to be normal?

In the original story the only effect the time travel made was on who got elected President. I think the producers of this movie were simply looking for a way to make a prehistoric action film and didn't care how many established laws of science they had to stomp upon.

Still, as an action movie it was okay. The monkey-reptiles were cool (although illogical). I just wish they had stuck to the more complex ramifictions of time travel instead of inserting chase scene after chase scene. And oh yeah, no boobies.

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