A Sound of Thunder

Starring: Edward Burs, Catherine McCormack and Ben Kingsley
Warner Home Video
RRP: 18.99
Certificate: 12
Available 04 September 2006

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...

A 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.

Being 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 never occurred.

Also 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.

The 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.

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 away too.

Extras? 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.

At 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.

Darren Rea

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