A Sound of Thunder

2005

A Sound of Thunder (2005)

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

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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.

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Cast

Edward Burns
as Dr. Travis Ryer
Ben Kingsley
as Charles Hatton
Jemima Rooper
as Jenny Krase
David Oyelowo
as Tech Officer Payne
Wilifried Hochholdinger
as Dr. Andrew Lucas
Wilfried Hochholdinger
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 (99) | 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.

Sep 26, 2005
AV Club
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The barometer of the film's undoing is Burns's super low-key performance, which starts out as a poker-faced spoof on heroic cool, but takes a misstep more fatal than mere time-travel can undo.

Sep 8, 2005

So perfect in its awfulness, it makes one seriously consider a theory of unintelligent design.

Sep 7, 2005 | Rating: F | Full Review…

The movie's most political aspect may be its quaint respect for the basic principles of evolution.

Sep 6, 2005 | Full Review…

Many video games look more authentic than this.

Sep 2, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

An exciting, uneven thriller that explores the ripple effect of altering one tiny moment in the distant past.

Sep 2, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Sound of Thunder

½

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
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Some Rules Should Never Be Broken.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

This could have been so much better.

vieras esine
vieras esine

Super Reviewer

There's a lot of hate directed towards this film and it is mostly understandable. Granted, the effects are, at times, atrocious. The street scenes and cars look like pre-viz treatments. It came as no surprise to find out, that is what they are. The films production company went bankrupt during post-production and so we are left with an unfinished film. The poor effects allows you to focus on the plot, which will go one of two ways. I found it rather engaging with some nice early ideas, before it descended into action. The designs for lizard apes and giant bats were rather impressive to me. For some reason I just like Edward Burns, he isn't the greatest actor in the world but for some reason I always like him. Kingsley has an interesting character, he adds charisma into the businessman that puts money above all else. Others that watch this film may be infuriated and irate with the handling of time travel. I believe in films we must have a suspension of disbelief, but a film still needs to follow it's own rules...Except for time travel movies. To me, time travel is just so complex and theoretical that it is hard to translate well to film, unless you say "Just because..." I wasn't bored, I wasn't annoyed (apart from one moment with a hot wiring scientist) and I even felt a little connected to it. It's the sick, dirty puppy at the pound. You find it cute and endearing, but you don't want to take it home.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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