Final Grade: F-
Ben Kingsley, you won an Oscar and you have been in some successful films lately. Why would you agree to a script like this? Shame on you Ed Burns, I used to have respect for you and your acting. I have said this many times, but this is the worst movie that I have ever seen.
It’s the year 2054 and Time Safari, Inc. offers the rich and famous the opportunity of a lifetime. Clients are able to travel back in time to hunt dinosaurs. CEO Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley) has employed the famed scientist Travis Ryer (Edward Burns) to lead the expeditions and the hunt. There are a few rules during time travel: don’t change anything and don’t bring anything back. But when someone gets a little too ambitious and breaks the rules, bringing something from the past back to the present, the present begins to change for the worst.
Forewarned by ex-Time Safari employee Sonia Rand (Catherine McCormack), Ryer realizes what has happened and races against time to stop the constantly evolving environment. Ryer and his team must figure out what was brought back from the past and then travel back to prevent the mishap. While trekking through the streets of Chicago, they encounter highly evolved bloodthirsty plants and animals and must fight for the survival of all mankind.
This movie is adapted from a short story by Ray Bradbury. Bradbury is considered the father of literary sci-fi by many, and I really have no idea why he would associate himself with a movie that butchers his work and his name. The screenplay adaptation of Bradbury’s story contains plot holes the size of my…never mind.
The entire process of the time travel revolves around counting on several events happening in order. Within the span of five minutes, Ryer and his team wait for a T-rex to approach and walk into a tar pit, and since he will die trapped in tar anyway, the team shoots the dinosaur to death. The team escapes into the time portal just before the five-minute mark and a volcanic eruption occurs. For instance, suppose the trigger of this evolutionary change was the death of a butterfly. The theory is that the butterfly never got to breed and create more life, thus triggering catastrophic evolutionary change. Wouldn’t the butterfly have died from the dust and debris of the volcanic eruption anyway? The other plot hole (pointed out on IMDB) is that if Ryer and his team travel to the same spot and time, wouldn’t they constantly meet multiple versions of themselves?