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A Sound of Thunder (2005)

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When a scientist sent back to the prehistoric era strays off the path he causes a chain of events that alters history in disastrous ways.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Ray Bradbury (short story), Thomas Dean Donnelly (screen story) | 4 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Alvin Van Der Kuech ... Young Technician
Andrew Blanchard Andrew Blanchard ... George the Doorman
Bill Armstrong Bill Armstrong ... Ted Eckles (as William Armstrong)
Corey Johnson ... Christian Middleton
Nikita Lespinasse Nikita Lespinasse ... Newswoman on TV (as Nikita Le Spinasse)
Scott Bellefeville Scott Bellefeville ... Onlooker (as Scott Bellefeuille)
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Storyline

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. Written by KGF Vissers

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Evolve or die. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Czech Republic | UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Som do Trovão See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,190,791, 4 September 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,891,821, 2 October 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,989,640, 13 October 2005
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Cinemax)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie takes place millions of years in the past, and in 2055. See more »

Goofs

The Allosaurus never alters its attack plan and movements (as displayed when Travis taunts the Allosaurus by exactly predicting its movements), regardless of such factors as hunting group size, conversation/noise, position upon the path, and individual actions. See more »

Quotes

[referring to the allosaurus]
Jenny Krase: Cute, isn't he?
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Alternate Versions

For the Dutch DVD release the aspect ratio was changed from 2,35:1 to 1,78:1. See more »

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Why do they keep making big budget drivel?
31 August 2005 | by j_kayeSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie this evening as part of a promotional screening. This movie wants to be a strong moral tale about how humans should not mess with time travel for fear of disturbing our natural evolution. However good Ed Burns is as the lead, you are never convinced by the story as it is full of clichés and seemingly tacked-on action sequences. They get chased by monsters for so much of the movie you start to ask yourself it they got confused between the sci-fi and horror genres. The special effects are plentiful, however they are atrocious, fake and gratuitous in the sense that the camera lingers on CG monsters and landscapes for so long that it seems perhaps they wanted to show off how much money they spent. But it adds nothing to the otherwise weak plot, which - now that I think of it - has a simplistic comic-book quality to it. But if the latter were completely true it should be more surreal and not have so much awful superfluous dialogue that actually just sounds like it is set on repeat ('you don't know what you are messing with in time travel..' and the like). If you happen to have nothing else to see, rent Timecop. Yes, this movie is that bad. P.S. Ben Kingsley, why did you do this movie? After seeing you in so many wonderful movies, even as a great villain in Sexy Beast, this performance just looked like you were making a bad used-car salesman impression.


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