A Sound of Thunder
is a 2005 science fiction film
directed by Peter Hyams
. The film was planned originally for a 2002 release. However, flooding
(where the production was filmed) and other financial difficulties—including the bankruptcy of the original production company during post-production—resulted in a delayed release. A Sound of Thunder
is based on the short story "A Sound of Thunder
" by Ray Bradbury
. The film is about "time tourists
" who accidentally interfere too much with the past, completely altering the present.
In the near future time-travel (referred to as "time-jumping") is possible, but is considered very dangerous and unpredictable. A rich businessman named Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley
) has begun offering a time tourism service christened the "Time Safari" located in Chicago. For an extraordinary price, Time Safari will take clients through a wormhole
to the past to hunt dinosaurs. Scientist Travis Ryer (Edward Burns
) is the leader of these expeditions, along with several other guides. The following protocols are set out:
- Don't change anything in the past.
- Don't leave anything behind.
- Don't bring anything back.
To further ensure that Earth's evolutionary timeline
will not be disturbed, only creatures that are already doomed——such as dinosaurs about to die in a volcanic eruption——can be killed. The participants must wear helmets with sealed faceplates and use rifles that fire... Read More