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  • Aug 19, 2010
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I came across this gem a few days ago and was just going to put a quick tip, but I think it's God-awful enough for a review.

To start, I was shocked to find out this was not a "Sy-Fy" original after I looked it up. I came across it this weekend after plopping down at 11pm in a hotel room at Lake Tahoe and it was one of the few channels getting decent reception. Would I expect anymore when the villains are dinosaur apes and an evil time travel company run by Gandhi?

Well, it turns out the company isn't really "evil" in the sense of The Company from Alien or OCP from RoboCop. The company in this is called Time Safari and they bring rich folk back to the Cretaceous to kill a T-Rex and come back. While not really evil, they were just greedy and thought cutting costs with the time travel equipment was something you could be cavalier about. They were wrong..... Pretty much the company owner, Ben Kingsly; thinks it costs too much to run a bio-filter they have in place so the tourists don't accidentally bring anything back with them so he turns it off and gives kick backs to a government employee for the department of time traveling to overlook it. Guess what happens next?

All hell breaks loose in the present when the team returns in the most convoluted way I have ever seen in a movie. Oh, there is so much wrong with this movie you just have to see it yourself. It really is so horrible that it is worth watching. The biggest problem I have with this movie is they spend so much time establishing that they think they know what they are talking about. How the smallest thing could change time. The time line is unpredictable, you can't change ANYTHING, there's even a government agency to make sure companies are in compliance. Even the expedition goes back to a predetermined point in time, every time to kill a dinosaur that was about to die in a tar pit right before a volcanic explosion anyway. Pretty Standard stuff. Well that's where things fall apart. In the writer's attempt to sound smart about not leaving anything behind the method they chose to kill the dinosaur was to use frozen nitrogen bullets fired from a rail gun... rail guns don't work that way and liquid nitrogen bullets also don't work that way and they would still be leaving the nitrogen in the past when it went into the dinosaur and evaporated. Also they never run into previous hunting parties going to the same time. And the thing that I really didn't get is that what messed up the time line is that a guy stepped on a butterfly and brought it back on the bottom of his shoe thus altering time for 65 million years. Well... they were back in time literally seconds before a volcanic explosion so that butterfly was probably going to die anyway.

Then there's the events that happen after they get back. Instead of changes being instantaneous like we've been trained to believe in time travel movies, they happen in multiple waves. I don't get the reasoning behind it, they explain it and it still sounded like crap. Also the writers apparently have never taken a high school level biology class because the main protagonists after changes in the time line occur are some sort of reptilian apes. I would get that maybe there was some little thing that allowed dinosaurs to evolve past their extinction either alone or with mammals, either would have been cool cause mammals would have certainly evolved differently with competition in the food chain. But as many of us have been taught, nature doesn't like it's gene pool getting pissed in and it would be near impossible for reptiles and mammals to breed into one species. Even breeds of animals in the same species have problems with breeding if they are very different. I.e. a big dog and tiny dog generally can't have babies. Anyway, there's lots of crazy action with bad special effects through a literal urban jungle, and then it ends.

Like i said, definitely worth a watch if you like really really awful movies and have nothing to do for a couple hours.

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August 25, 2010
I agree with the Scotman, +1 is definitely too kind for this.
August 25, 2010
I'm glad I am not the only one annoyed with the lack of Time Travel logic in this film! And kudos to you for not trying to touch on everything that was bad in this film like I did, otherwise the review ends up reading like a novella (like mine did).
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A Sound of Thunder is a science fiction film released in 2005, and directed by Peter Hyams. The film was planned originally for a 2002 release. However, flooding in Prague (where the production was filmed) and other financial difficulties—- including the bankruptcy of the original production company during post-production[citation needed]—- resulted in a delayed release. A Sound of Thunder is based loosely upon the short story "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. The film is about "time tourists" who accidentally interfere too much with the past and thus completely alter their present.

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According to the film, the established rules of time travel are:

  1. Don't change anything in the past.
  2. Don't leave anything behind.
  3. Don't bring anything back.

These protocols were established, in part, by businessman Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley) who has recently developed a time tourism service called Time Safari. For an extraordinary price, Time Safari will take clients through a wormhole to a time in pre-history to hunt dinosaur game. Scientist Travis Ryer (Edward Burns) is the designated leader for these safari expeditions, along with several other guides. Only creatures that are doomed to perish—such as dinosaurs about to die in a volcanic eruption—are downed by safari patrons. ...

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: September 2, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
Runtime: 1hr 41min
Studio: Warner Home Video
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