Chicago, 2055. Time Safari Inc. offers the hottest ticket
around; an expedition into the past to hunt dinosaurs. Just
don't bring anything back. Someone does and 65 million years
of evolution jumps the tracks. Vegetation turns humanity from
predator to prey. It used to be our world. Now it's theirs...
unless two scientists can somehow turn back the clock...
Sound of Thunder is
based on the short story by Ray Bradbury, and to be honest
this is a surprisingly entertaining action movie. There
isn't a bad actor in sight in this movie, but Ben Kingsley
puts in an impressive performance as the money obsessed CEO
of Time Safari.
a bit of a nit-picker at heart I had some major issues with
the time line plot. Yes, I know that the whole premise is
fantasy and not to be taken seriously, but I'd love to know
why when the present changes, thanks to the time waves, everyone
still remembers how things should be. We are told that if
the past is fixed then no one will remember this alternate
present - so therefore, using the same principle, no one should
be surprised at the world that they now live in - as this
would have been the one they were brought up in. But then
this would have made a fairly rubbish movie - not to mention
a major paradox. If the present changed then they wouldn't
know anything about this and therefore wouldn't go back in
time to change the past. That being the case, our present
would have altered to the point where no one went back in
time in the first place and therefore the original accident
why, when the first change of time occurs, do we see trees
sticking out of buildings? Either we are to assume that some
crazy construction company built their buildings around trees
that were already there, or the trees grew afterwards through
the building's structure. Neither of which makes any sense.
The first is pure lunacy, and the second... well surely the
residents would have called in a tree surgeon to kill the
thing when it started to appear through their floor boards.
It certainly would never have gotten to the situation that
we see with foliage covering many of the buildings interiors
and trees growing out of buildings.
only way this would be possible is if the entire time stream
had been altered and the people now living in the year 2055
were a little dim, or aware that trees could grow up over
night and destroy their homes, and they certainly wouldn't
be surprised by the fact that there are monsters running all
over the place. But, this is not the case as when our heroes
venture out into the city the people they encounter are confused
as to what is going on.
the presentation side I have a few moans too. Firstly why
does both the DVD cover art and trailers spoil a major part
of the movie. We spend ages trying to discover why the present
has been altered. However this is not really a surprise if
you've seen the trailer, and the DVD cover kind of gives it
Extras are for wimps, obviously, as all we get are two theatrical
trailers. Whoopee freaking do! For a movie as recent as this
one there is no excuse for this pathetic lack of effort to
provide a decent package for fans of the movie.
the end of the day though, despite my huge catalogue of moans,
this is quite an enjoyable movie. It's just a shame that the
whole package is let down by the noticeable lack of extras.