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A Sound of Thunder
Some Rules Should Never Be Broken.
When a hunter sent back to the prehistoric era runs off the path he must not leave, he causes a chain reaction that alters history in disastrous ways.
What I Wanted: A loose, but faithful and well meaning adaptation of the Ray Bradbury short story of the same name.
What I Got: Shit on.
I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. This is the third time I've watched A Sound of Thunder in the last decade. I guess I just keep expecting it to be better than it really is. I mean, how can a movie with dinosaurs, mutant gorillas, man-eating plants and time-travel be this lame...? I don't get it.
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 laughing at all its silliness. Do yourself a favor and watch The Butterfly Effect instead, which is based on the same concept, but far more superior in every single aspect.
I do miss the days of PlayUSA.com. How they could always lure me in to paying 18 quid for such unheard of and mysterious turkeys such as this.
So here we have A Sound of Thunder...loosely based on a short story. Very, VERY loosely.
A time safari team balls up a trip and change the future by altering the past...though this does not happen in one go but in TIME WAVES (obviously). So we have the team try to solve the snafu before a time wave deletes us from history! Simple!
First thing to mention is the FX....AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...there I go again...my word they are terrible. I mean, terrible enough that if they went to a school for FX then…
Perfectly, divinely inept. Deserving of the shortest movie review ever.
It is no surprise that A Sound of Thunder is as maligned as it is. There is something fundamentally wrong with every aspect of this film. The film is often ravaged for its shocking special effects, the horrendous acting and the ridiculousness of the plot, but the film never fails to be entertaining. It has enough story motivation and originality to be thought-provoking and interesting, and the tonal shift from time-travel sci-fi to end of the world horror was a welcome surprise. I enjoyed it and honestly think it could have been something special if given a proper chance and a recast.
Mediocre, but fun, adaptation of Bradburys epic short story about future time travel and how mankind constantly fucks things up over and over again.
Please... Save yourself from watching this movie
I enjoyed the story being told, though some bad acting and bad effects hurt the movie a little bit. It has the potential to be great.
The thing about this atrocity that I missed before was that it's absolutely stupid. I could accept the abominable CGI because I thought it was a low budget TV movie (turns out it cost $50m minimum which leaves no excuses for how terrible it looks as far as I'm concerned) and thinking it was just some cheap sci-fi fun I could enjoy the silliness of it all. But on rewatch I actually paid attention to the dialogue and acting and plot and whilst I still sort of had some fun in a silly sci-fi adventure kind of way I was mostly disturbed by how badly written it was and how everyone sort of dressed like they were extras in a Star Trek village planet episode.
Die grundlegende Prämisse macht Spaß, ansonsten merkt man "A Sound of Thunder" seine Produktionsschwierigkeiten in jeder Sekunde an. Besonders schlimm sind die Effekte.
Als Trashspektakel verfügt das Ganze zumindest über einen minimalen Unterhaltungswert.
Due to all the chaos that happened on Friday, I figured that evening I shouldn't watch anything serious and instead my viewing should be of something that I know will provide laughs, as I had seen it before. Of course with this film it's unintentional humor but it still did the job. Although, the movie is still agonizing to watch so maybe I should have seen a traditional comedy instead.
This is based on the short story by Ray Bradbury; a free version of it can easily be found via a Google search. It's an entertaining story and all, but due to its length it had to be greatly expanded upon for a feature length film and somehow this lunacy…
Don't bother watching this awful movie. The plot is illogical and predictable, the special effects are embarrassingly bad and the characters are one-dimensional and boring.
The movie could be somewhat entertaining if it had any self-irony or humor in it - but no, the movie is tedious as hell. I didn't laugh, not even once.
Certainly one of the worst science fiction films I've ever seen.
I could add an extra half star for how often my husband & I laughed - baboonasauruses, bat-boons, eels seemingly based on water Pokemon, catfish people, batodactyls, Kingsley's mere presence, et al - but I won't.
I really wanted to like this movie, but unfortunately it was really poorly made. The CGI and special effects are abysmal and the characters are one-dimensional and underdeveloped. The plot, based on a Ray Bradbury short story, is decent, but that doesn't stop Sound of Thunder from being a near-total disaster.
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