Friday, March 30, 2007

All sound and fury

A Sound of Thunder
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Starring: Armin Rhode, Heike Makatsch, Jemima Rooper, Sir Ben Kingsley

You’ve seen the dinosaurs as alive as SFX can make them, in Jurassic Park trilogy (that too over and over again, thanks to Star TV!). You have seen all those time-travel movies as well (Time Machine, Back to Future, The Butterfly Effect; and if you haven’t, you haven’t missed much!). Now, do you really want to see a combination of the two in an uninspiringly put together film which look as pre-historic as the dinosaurs themselves.
Famous science fiction writer Ray Bradbury wrote the story, which is great, of course, but not the insipid, half-baked film. Ok, the story first. Welcome to the time-travel safari, where you get to travel back to the Jurassic Age, find you big game, and return back. But you must follow the rules. Predictably, our protagonist fails to follow the rules, and when he returns back to the present, things go awry. The evolution process has changed completely. The butterfly effect, you see. Now suffer!!
In today’s time of special effects where everything is possible (look at 300) you wonder why the scenes neither look good not convincing. Everything looks haphazard. Director Peter Hyams (who directed Arnold Schwarzenegger in End of Days and Jean-Claude Van Damme in Sudden Death) seems to have lost his ways between past and present. The final product, to sum up without wasting much of the precious newsprint, looks like Ramsay brothers trying to make a thriller! It’s that bad.
One question please. What Sir Ben Kingsley doing here??

Rating **

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