A Sound of Thunder

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Peter Hyams
1 h 50 min
Release Date
15 May 2005
Thriller, Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
When a hunter sent back to the prehistoric era runs off the path he must not leave, he causes a chain reaction that alters history in disastrous ways.
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  • Ed Burns: My Films Don't Suck, Despite the Opinion of the Rest of Humanity
    (”A Sound of Thunder” is briefly mentioned in this.)
    In an whiny interview with Men’s Vogue (that begins with the remarkably awful lead, “the luck of the Irish has not always helped Edward Burns,” who by the way is American, not Irish), big-time director Ed Burns whines that all New York critics are out to get him. But the critics–as one of his blood-runs-green characters might put it–keep busting his chops. “My films don’t suck nearly as bad as the Post and the Times would have you believe,” the 40-year-old Burns was saying recently in a nasal and, considering the subject, fairly cheerful tone. “None of the New York papers ever give me good reviews. Usually they take care of the hometown boy, but for whatever reason that’s not the case. My friend has a theory: ‘You know what your problem is? You didn’t go to an Ivy League school, your old man’s a cop, and therefore they gotta beat the crap out of you.'” Or let’s look at it a different way. Will Burns admit several things that are obvious: that some movies are bad? That the job of critics is to point this out? That he isn’t important enough for critics to meet in shadows to hash out some sort of scheme to trash him? That “A Sound of Thunder,” in which he starred, was one of the worst movies of the decade? As for his father, Ed Sr., many New York hacks knew the guy and speak of him fondly. (I haven’t met him.) Being the son of a well-liked spokesman for the police can only help you. How being the son of a popular man could cause irrational dislike of you is known only to Burns. Occam’s Razor says the simplest explanation is usually the best one, and the simplest explanation here is that critics rip Burns’ films because we don’t think much of them. We have no ulterior motive. I don’t know Burns, have no idea what college he went to, and liked “The Brothers McMullen.” I do know that being forced to watch any other Ed Burns film is a painful experience. I am not alone in thinking this. All of his recent films are in the “rotten” category at Rottentomatoes.com, with “The Groomsmen” getting a 55 score, “Looking for Kitty” at 39, “Ash Wednesday” at 29, “Sidewalks of New York” at 56, “No Looking Back” at 36. Now let’s see the US grosses: The Groomsmen: $129,000 Looking for Kitty $4,500 Ash Wednesday $2,900 Sidewalks of New York $2.4 million No Looking Back: $223,000. In short, critics do not like Burns, audiences ignore his work, and the people who have funded his last five films have lost every dollar they gave him. If I were Burns, rather than bemoan the fact that no one likes his work, I would say, “I feel very lucky to still be employed.”]]>
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