A Sound of Thunder

September 2nd, 2005


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A Sound of ThunderStill of Catherine McCormack and Edward Burns in A Sound of Thunder

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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 4.1/10 (11,384 voted)

Critic's Score: 24/100

Director: Peter Hyams

Stars: Edward Burns, Ben Kingsley, Catherine McCormack

2055, Charles Hatton has made a fortune by founding 'Time safari', which offers rich 'big game hunters' short time travels to kill off dinosaurs just before their natural death. When Travis notices the weather and wildlife are not behaving as usual, he consults Dr. Rand, the contractually invisible inventor of the supercomputer which controls the time travel. They soon face 'time waves', each worsening the effects in 2055 of evolutionary distortions, lower lifeforms first. They attempt to identify and rectify the past alteration, but each attempt gets harder in their distorted present.

Writers: Ray Bradbury, Thomas Dean Donnelly

Armin Rohde - John Wallenbeck (as Armin Rhode)
Heike Makatsch - Alicia Wallenbeck
Jemima Rooper - Jenny Krase
David Oyelowo - Payne
Wilfried Hochholdinger - Dr. Lucas
Edward Burns - Travis Ryer
August Zirner - Clay Derris
Ben Kingsley - Charles Hatton (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
Catherine McCormack - Sonia Rand
Alvin Van Der Kuech - Young Technician
Andrew Blanchard - George the Doorman
William Armstrong - Ted Eckles
Corey Johnson - Christian Middleton
Nikita Lespinasse - Newswoman on TV (as Nikita Le Spinasse)
Scott Bellefeville - Onlooker (as Scott Bellefeuille)

Taglines: Evolve or die.


Official Website: Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 2 September 2005

Filming Locations: Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic

Box Office Details

Budget: $52,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: €1,025,004 (Spain) (28 August 2005) (300 Screens)

Gross: $5,989,640 (Worldwide) (13 October 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Filmed during the great floods of 2002 in Prague.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After the crew returns from the trip, Ryer talks to Payne about the malfunction. Payne then mentions the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and that is says nothing can be certain. Actually, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle does not state that "nothing can be certain". It states that the momentum and position of any object cannot both be exactly known. As the precision with which one of these properties is known increases, the precision of the other property decreases. Similarly, with time and energy. This uncertainty in knowing these pairs of values is not due a defect in any instrument; it is a fundamental law of nature.

Ted Eckles: My gun doesn't work.
Payne: Believe it or not, that's a safety feature. They're all tied to Travis' gun. It won't fire until he fires first.
Ted Eckles: Why the hell not?
Clay Derris: To keep clients from shooting things they shouldn't.
Payne: Hey, Derris, how about we don't mention this in our report.
Clay Derris: No harm, no foul.
Payne: Appreciate it. You know, I'm not really that big of a dick. I just to like to talk.

User Review

Best bad movie of the year!

Rating: 7/10

I live for movies like this.

Saw it in a theater with about 12 other people. 3 people left about 20 minutes in. I'm not sure if they left because the movie was so bad or because they couldn't hear the dialogue over the laughter of the rest of us.

Mediocre special effects don't excite me. Abysmally bad special effects are wonderful. I disagree with the previous commenter -- I don't think the actors were walking on a treadmill in front of the green screen, I think they were just standing in place and shifting their weight from one foot to the other.

Sir Ben Kingsley is clearly aware of the "quality" of this film and embraces the ridiculousness, having a great time reading his absurd lines.

The plot, the dialogue, the special effects, the creatures, the actor's accents -- each piece of this movie is worse than the last. There were at least three scenes that made me laugh so hard I cried.

I love dumpster-diving through bad movies in search of treasure. The recent crop of bad movies have been just plain boring. This one is the diamond that makes it all worthwhile.