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A Sound of Thunder back to product details

Dumb Fun
written by talltale April 1, 2006 - 4:36 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A finalist in the worst-movie-title of the year award, A SOUND OF THUNDER says absolutely nothing about the content or nature of the film itself. Perhaps the moviemakers thought that using this name would lock in the sci-fi/fantasy audience reminded of the Ray Bradbury short story on which it's based. (as though today's mass moviegoers read?). Whatever, the end result was one of the year's biggest disasters in terms of money spent to money earned, as well as being one of the most critically drubbed films of the year.

Director Peter Hyams is unusual in that he often acts as his own director of photography, which he does again here. His movies usually look good, too, even if they are among the very dumb of mind. With clinker after clinker among his more than 20 films (a few done for TV), there are three that still prove quite entertaining and exciting--"The Relic," "Sudden Death" and "Time Cop"--so, clearly, this guy can perform when the script allows.

Nowhere near the level of his three good ones, "The Sound of Thunder" is still more dumb fun than the reviews let on. The special effects are clearly fake (especially when the characters take their walks thru the city: Whew, bad!) but many of them are so odd and entertaining (the genetically-altered baboons, bats and other creatures) that you may be carried along. Actually, Ben Kinglsley's hair is perhaps the best special effect of them all. Don't look for much intelligent "science" here, of course, although the basic premise has possibilities that the filmmakers probably wasted. All in all, this is an OK time-waster.


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