A Sound of Thunder (2005) (part 2 of 13)

The movie opens, appropriately enough, with the sound of thunder, played over ominous music. The following pre-credit exposition appears on a black screen, sentence by sentence.

IN THE YEAR 2055
A NEW TECHNOLOGY WAS INVENTED THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD…
OR DESTROY IT.
A MAN NAMED CHARLES HATTON USED IT TO MAKE MONEY.

Ugh. First of all, this little “clue” to Charles Hatton’s motivation is completely unnecessary, given the amount of scenery Sir Ben will be chewing later. It’s not like the average viewer will have any trouble later figuring out Hatton’s intentions.

Secondly, the e-e-e-e-evil capitalist thing is getting to be such a cliché, that this is sort of like having a title card that explains how Dracula is a mean, blood-sucking vampire.

Caption contributed by Mark M.

You made money? You bastard!

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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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