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05 October 2006 @ 02:46 pm
A Sound of Thunder  
Words cannot explain the atrocity of this film. The idea sounded great but it falls about 6 miles before the finish line, it's no where near good. A Sound of Thunder is based on a a short story by Ray Bradbury of the same name. It was Directed by season veteran Peter Hyams. He has directed good films such as:

The Star Chamber
Running Scared
Narrow Margin

Just to name a few. As a matter of fact he would average at least about or above 6 out of 10 so i have a feeling that all involved knew this was going to be a train wreck. The rest of the post will be behind a cut.

The Plot taken right from IMDB:

In 2055, in Chicago, a company specialized in time travel and owned by the powerful and wealthy Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley) organizes safaris for tycoons in the prehistoric era. The team is leaded by Dr. Travis Ryer (Edward Burns) and the jump is programmed by a computer. When something is changed in the past, the time waves affect the life in the present days and Travis and his crew, with the support of the inventor of the computer, Sonia Rand (Catherine McCormack), try to find a way to fix the problem caused in the past.

Sounds pretty good right? WRONG! This is a film that should have been good. It's has a decent cast and up until this point what seemed to be a decent Director. So what went wrong? Keep reading...

The acting:

How does an Academy Award winning actor such as ben Kingsley take a role like this? He certainly doesn't need the money. Was he feeling sympathetic? Could he not tell that the script was awful? Did his agent think "it was a good move"? You could almost tell that Sir Ben didn't have his heart in it. Then there's Burns. Another one that should have just known better. He probably thought that it was going to be a masterpiece. It's so bad in most parts you'll be laughing out loud.

Special FX:

Not many sets were built for this due to the fact that 90% of it was CGI (thanks Lucas!). Everyone remember that in each of the LOTR films there was always that one REALLY bad blue-screen shot you could point out? Well this entire film is like that ONE scene but worse, MUCH worse. It looks like it was edited in a blender first of all and the fact that you could ABSOLUTELY tell that they were in front of a blue screen the entire time will surely make this little ditty premier on the Sci-Fi channel, i will bet the farm on that. The CGI cut scenes look like they were done by college kids. For a movie that cost $80 million, what happened??

This is a film that MST3K would have had a ball with and then would ultimately make this film bearable. If you must see this film i recommend liquor and friends, it is the only way.
reverend_s on October 6th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
It was Directed by season veteran Peter Hyams.

Which season might that be?