A Sound of Thunder (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Sound of Thunder (2005)



Critic Consensus: Choppy logic and uneven performances are overshadowed by not-so-special effects that makes the suspension of disbelief a nearly impossible task.

Movie Info

A seemingly insignificant act may cause the fabric of history to unravel in this sci-fi adventure. Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley) owns and operates a successful firm known as Time Safari. Thanks to time travel technology developed by Hatton's employee Sonia Rand (Catherine McCormack), Time Safari allows big game hunters to journey back to prehistoric days and shoot living, breathing dinosaurs. Rand picks out the dinosaur in question, who is soon to die, and creates a floating walkway for the hunters, so the impact of their presence will not be felt by the land around them. But on one expedition, things go horribly wrong when a nervous hunter steps off the walkway and crushes a butterfly, a tiny act that proves to have massive consequences over the course of several million years. As the earth's climate and animal life begin to mutate due to this shift in natural history, Time Safari's leading hunting guide, Travis Ryer (Edward Burns), works beside Rand in a desperate attempt to halt the "ripples of time" before modern civilization completely collapses. A Sound of Thunder was based on a classic short story by pioneering science fiction author Ray Bradbury.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi violence, partial nuidity and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Gregory Poirier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 2006
Box Office: $1.7M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


Edward Burns
as Dr. Travis Ryer
Ben Kingsley
as Charles Hatton
Jemima Rooper
as Jenny Krase
David Oyelowo
as Tech Officer Payne
Wilfried Hochholding...
as Dr. Andrew Lucas
Wilifried Hochholdin...
as Dr. Andrew Lucas
Corey Johnson
as Christian Middleton
August Zirner
as Clay Derris
Armin Rohde
as John Wallenbeck
Heike Makatsch
as Alicia Wallenbeck
Alvin Van Der Kuech
as Young Technician
Nikita Le Spinasse
as Newswoman on TV
Stuart Ong
as Chinese Man No. 1
Chou Ho Hon
as Chinese Man No. 2
Antonin Hausknecht
as Taxi Driver
Anezka Novakova
as Elderly Woman
John Hyams
as Delivery Man
Martin Svetlik
as Grocery Boy
John Comer
as Grocery Man
Kurt van der Basch
as Armed Policeman
Vladimir Kulhavy
as Man at Eckles'
Jiri Klenot
as Man at Middleton's
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Critic Reviews for A Sound of Thunder

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (26)

At the risk of making an overly broad and limiting generalization, it's generally wise to make sure an action movie's plot has actually kicked into gear by the time the first hour has elapsed.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

The film's temporal ineptitude would give Doc Brown a seizure, suggesting that an evolutionary mishap alters some creatures but conveniently leaves our bland heroes -- and Ben Kingsley's silly wig -- completely unchanged.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Based on the Ray Bradbury short story of the same name, this is a colassal disapopintment - unworthy of the memorable source material.

Full Review… | May 12, 2009

The special effects are on par with a basic film you'd see about a giant squid on the Sci-Fi Channel, and the story is just as boring.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The film is full of rumbling sounds that will make your innards tremble (at least in some theaters). But that's about all it has going for it.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

Good idea unsuccessfully realised with Ed Burns doing his best.

Full Review… | September 2, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for A Sound of Thunder


Hilariously bad! Has some of the worst CGI effects I've ever seen and some animations are even repeated as if no one would notice. The people behind this movie obviously ran out of money. It's still watchable in a way though, as you have a good time mocking and laughing at all its sillyness. Do yourself a favour and watch The Butterfly Effect instead, which is based on the same concept, but is far more superior in every single aspect.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

Some Rules Should Never Be Broken.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

This could have been so much better.

vieras esine

Super Reviewer

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