A Sound of Thunder parents guide

A Sound of Thunder Parent Guide

Overall C+

Dr. Travis Ryer (Edward Burns) works for Time Safari, a company that transports wealthy clients back to the Dinosaur age for hunting expeditions. When a breach in the rules causes history-changing ripples in the evolutionary process, the good doctor must work with the developer of the transport system (Catherine McCormack) to undo the deadly damage.

Release date September 1, 2005

Violence D+
Sexual Content C+
Profanity C
Substance Use A-

Why is A Sound of Thunder rated PG-13? The MPAA rated A Sound of Thunder PG-13 for sci-fi violence, partial nudity and language.

Parent Movie Review

The year is 2055 and Dr. Travis Ryer (Edward Burns) is heavily involved in collecting DNA strands. Using the information, he hopes to re-establish extinct animals with a cloning process. However, research of this kind takes time and money. To pay for his studies, Travis works as an expedition leader at Time Safari.

Owned and operated by the ambitious Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley), Time Safari caters to the incredibly wealthy members of society who crave a little adventure in their life. Using a time traveling machine, Travis and his crew take clients back 60 million years on a hunting expedition for a Tyrannosaurus Rex. This one-of-a-kind encounter is heavily monitored by government officials and operates by strict rules.

But an unforeseen accident causes an undetected breach in the protocol. Coming back from a jump, the team and their customers discover subtle ecological variations are starting to occur. Within minutes, fast-growing plants and hoards of bugs overrun the city. Unsure of the reason, Travis tracks down Dr. Sonia Rand (Catherine McCormack), the woman who created the transportation program.

As he questions her about the changes, the city is washed over by the first in a series of time ripples, causing further alterations in the evolution process. With limited hours remaining, the group of tour leaders must discover and undo the mistake before it is too late.

Based on Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder, this sci-fi screenplay starts out with an intriguing look at the possibilities of time travel along with its pros and cons. Then before long, it bogs down like a dinosaur caught in a tar pit. Scientific facts are sparse and the special effects are anything but special, as the characters in one scene walk aimlessly in front of a very obvious green screen.

Unlike Bradbury’s story, the developments caused by the unfortunate misstep are more environmental than social. Rather than modifications in the culture or language of civilization, hungry beasts that resemble a cross between baboons and raptors roam the streets in company with other prehistoric-looking creatures. The result is a bountiful, bloody body count.

Profanities and sexual dialogue are also abundant, with two men comparing their level of courage to the size of certain body parts. One presumptuous patron tips her guide by showing up at his apartment completely naked. Audiences get only a strategically shot side view but the exchange is entirely unrelated to any aspect of the plot.

Instead of exploring the consequences of seemingly insignificant daily events or choices, the story wanders off into creature feature territory where humans have to fight off marauding monsters and poisonous thorns. Surrounded by decay and destruction caused by evolutionary adjustments, Travis and his cohorts will be lucky to even find a way to rewind the clock.

Theatrical release September 1, 2005. Updated

A Sound of Thunder
Rating & Content Info

Why is A Sound of Thunder rated PG-13? A Sound of Thunder is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sci-fi violence, partial nudity and language.

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A Sound of Thunder Parents' Guide

A simple intrusion on the biosphere leads to significant changes to the future in this film. What environmental decisions from the past may be presently affecting us? What kind of effect could the personal choices you are making now have on your future—physically, financially, academically etc.? Without traveling back in time, are there ways for you to undo the consequences that follow?

Dr. Rand is the scientist who develops the time travel computer. How does her intentions for the program differ from Charles Hatton’s? In what other ways can scientific discoveries be altered for more profitable or private activities?

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of A Sound of Thunder movie is March 27, 2006. Here are some details…

A Sound of Thunder releases on DVD with barely a peep of marketing fanfare. The feature is presented in widescreen with an audio track available in English, Dolby Surround 5.1.

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Traveling from one era to another has long been the theme of science fiction. H.G. Well’s story The Time Machine is the basis for two film adaptations (one in 1960, the other 2002). For younger viewers, a group of teens discover they can move at an accelerated speed while the rest of the world appears to be standing still in Clockstopppers. Dinosaurs rule the screen in the action/drama Jurassic Park.