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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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
This features some truly abysmal special effects, mostly mediocre performances, and some terrible writing, which is a shame considering the excellent short story that this is based on.
Soy un FanBoy tanto de Hyams Senior como Junior, pero es que esto no hay por donde cogerlo, es como una mezcla de ese episodio de los Simpson en donde Homer viaja por el tiempo y Halo (Mas bien por los trajes), todo ello con efectos digitales propios de la Asylum.
A company offers time traveling psuedo-safaries for the rich and spoiled.
When a hunter doesn't follow the rules and kills a prehistoric butterfly, it alters evolutions and threatens the existence of man.
Has mandrill baboon / dinosaur hybrids prey on people.
The director used a similar time machine from one of his previous movies: "Time Cop".
Not very good (and the monkey-lizards even less so), but in a kind of endearing way (though Ebert and I may be the only ones who feel this way).
Quite possibly the worst adaptation of Ray Bradbury's short story, this production never rises above the level of B movie. The CGI is never convincing and the performances never rise above TV-movie-of-the-week levels.
Marginally convincing production design also makes everyone look like they're wearing the love child of an airpop popcorn popper and production-line reject laser-tag toys.
To add insult to injury, more than half of the dialogue is exposition — or at least it seems that way.
Feeling somwhat nostalgic for a mid-90s era,Crichton type thriller, I decided to check out A Sound of Thunder on Netflix. Big mistake. Someone must have suddenly cut the production budget on this film in half, because the dinosaurs look like total CRAP! It is impossible to take anything going on on the screen seriously, it looks really bad. Poor Peter Hyams, how could he leave his name on the credits? This movie makes me want to go back in time and give Primer a higher rating, they really are miles apart.
Ugh.. What the fuck was I thinking. "It has an interesting time travel premise", I thought. "Even though it got bad ratings everywhere it might be worth checking out yourself", I thought.
What a bunch of shit.
A Sound of Thunder is the shallowest, most nonsensical time travel film I have ever seen. Sure the basic idea behind this can be fun if done well but this is total dogshit. I don't even wanna go into this.
I say this though: Since time travel in itself doesn't make that much sense anyway I'm very willing to let a lot of errors fly but this film just totally crashlanded in its own asshole.
What a boring drag.
More like a Sound of really bad acting, directing, story and CG.
All the time travel films I can think of (and that I have seen) in order of greatness.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…