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In the near future, time travel will be an exciting, if unpredictable, reality. For a price, rich adventurers can stir their dormant killer instincts by booking safaris back to the Prehistoric age to hunt real, live dinosaurs. There are only three essential rules: Don't change anything in the past; don't leave anything behind; and most important, don't bring anything back. The slightest alteration might impact the existing course of evolution in ways that no one can imagine.
PROFANITY: 1 GD, 17 other words. SEX/NUDITY: One mild scene of implied sexual activity. VIOLENCE: Several scenes of people being eaten . Nothing too graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Several suspenseful chase scenes with creatures. COMEDY: None
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average A Sound of Thunder takes an interesting science fiction concept and relegates it to the secondary role of servicing a limp action/adventure movie.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 'A Sound of Thunder' looks cobbled together from a half-baked screenplay and underdone special effects, but it's made with a certain heedless zeal that makes you smile if you're in tune with it.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average The cliché-laden dialogue, schlocky special effects and predictable plot are derivative; the movie is overwrought and lacks suspense.
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We collected 99 moviegoer opinions. OUCH! With the exception of twentysomething males, these are terrible opinions. There are very few high opinions and lots of low opinions. I would say that "A Sound of Thunder" is a movie that you could wait to see on video. Personally, I enjoyed this movie and would recommend that true sci-fi fans see it on the big screen, possibly at a matinee or at a second run theater.
During the year 2055 in downtown Chicago a very elite travel agency, Time Safari Inc., has cornered the lucrative time-traveling market with an exclusive prehistoric hunting package. Time Safari Inc. is the hottest ticket in town…. until the unthinkable happens.
Someone breaks the rules. And evolution runs off its tracks.
The changes come in waves. They start small, affecting the atmosphere and lower life forms first, then move rapidly up the food chain with each subsequent pass. Within 24 hours dramatic transformations appear throughout the city, spurring residents from curiosity to growing alarm and finally panic.
Thousands of fish beach themselves on the Lake Michigan shore. Plant life grows to monstrous proportions as if reclaiming some ancient tropical territory, bursting through the pavement with great sinuous roots, overturning cars in the street and engulfing entire buildings from inside and out. Then come the insects, fast-moving voracious organisms resembling giant roaches and locusts, streaming over everything in deadly hordes.
Species of predatory creatures suddenly emerge, in reptilian form, with rapier reflexes and surprisingly intelligent features, darkening the sky and running rampant through an increasingly hostile and terrifying landscape.
Only two people guess what might be happening: Dr. Travis Ryer (EDWARD BURNS), who leads the Time Safari expeditions into the past, and Dr. Sonia Rand (CATHERINE McCORMACK), the gifted physicist who developed the technology that makes these journeys possible. Time Safari CEO Charles Hatton (SIR BEN KINGSLEY) stole the largely untested technology from Rand and has been using it despite her warnings. Now, it appears her worst fears are realized.
It used to be our world. Now it's theirs.
Threatened on all sides and fast running out of time, Ryer and Rand must find a way to go back and correct whatever catastrophic error was made, to save themselves and the human race from certain extinction. But as each new wave of change rolls forward from the Prehistoric past, their world continues to collapse all around them.