A Sound of Thunder


A Sound of Thunder

Critics 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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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

    Tasha Robinson

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • 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

  • Jul 03, 2011
    bad special effects and badly made sci film. how this film fails is beyond me, I just can't believe the budget for this trash
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2011
    When I first read Ray Bradbury's masterful short story, I immediately thought "this would make a great movie." So naturally, when I first saw that this was coming out, I was immensely excited. Boy, was I in for a shock. While watching this, I was literally speechless at how bad it was. The special effects were transparent, the performances were flat, and the dialogue is terrible (ANOTHER TIME WAVE IS COMING!!!! ZOMG!!!!). Of all the book adaptations Hollywood has screwed up, this has to be one of the worse ones.
    Andy S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2009
    Some Rules Should Never Be Broken.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2009
    This movie had a good concept that could have set it up for some great action sequences and ohhh moments but it isnt done justice here. Firstly I dont mind new actors like in the recent district 9 but I didnt really care for these ones. Also the special affects are really bad for the timing and the action is quite poor. Overall it has some good parts and the story is ok but it could be so much better.
    Malcolm D Super Reviewer

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