A Sound of Thunder (2005) (part 11 of 13)

Before the conversation can continue, something heavy and leathery whomps the top of their SUV. Through the windshield, giant bat wings are seen briefly. Jenny, still perfect, has the perfect reaction: “What the hell was that?” You know, it is nighttime, and there is pale moonlight in this scene. If somebody would just dance with the devil, this would suddenly become a much better movie.

Nothing comes of the giant bat, though, and our intrepid (if seriously flawed) heroes pull up to Middleton’s office building. Ryer and Dr. Rand head upstairs to find Middleton, leaving Perfect Jenny and Lying, Car-Stealing Dr. Lucas downstairs to protect their ride.

For some extra added “suspense”, the same thorny brambles that killed Payne are all over the railing of the staircase. As Ryer and Rand creep by, the vines occasionally rustle and twitch, to give the illusion that the two of them might be in some sort of danger. But since they’re the world’s only hope of restoring the timeline, I wouldn’t lay bets on them getting poisoned in the next few minutes.

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Mark M. Meysenburg

Mark teaches at Doane College, a liberal arts college in Crete, Nebraska. Most of his teaching involves computer science, but Mark also occasionally teaches mathematics and the history of science; he has also been known to offer three week courses on the worst movies ever made. Mark's bad movie obsession was kindled in the early 1980s by the Medved brothers, then fanned to full flame by late-night showings of Plan 9 from Outer Space. Who could have predicted the long term effects of satin-pajama-clad, mincing alien menace? Mark's other interests include homebrew beer and wine, and practicing and teaching martial arts.

Multi-Part Article: A Sound of Thunder (2005)

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