Butterfly Effect 2, The (DVD) (WS)
This sequel to the 2004 cult favorite The Butterfly Effect follows a new character who, as in the original, finds he can travel through time. But as he changes past events, there are unexpected, bizarre consequences in the present in the sci-fi thriller The Butterfly Effect 2.
The premise of The Butterfly Effect 2, that one's mind can schizophrenically create its own set of realities as a defense mechanism against painful memories, remains the same as in the original movie, though the circumstances for the split differ. In this case, the protagonist, Nick (Eric Lively), takes his girlfriend, Julie (Erica Durance), and their two best friends, Trevor and Amanda, out camping, when upon return they are all crushed to death by a big rig. Nick survives, though plagued by migraine-like seizures that induce in him fantasies starring his friends, during which he's promoted to VP at his place of employment, rather than fired for incompetence. Subplots get less and less tangible, as his fantasies turn to nightmares, and Nick experiences his deceased friends' deaths repeatedly and from various invented causes. As a sequel to the first lame Butterfly Effect, Butterfly Effect 2 has even less going for it since it doesn't star the hunky Ashton Kutcher. Butterfly Effect 2 aims to be a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style editing experiment, but its intention to be a psychological thriller fails due to a weak script and acting. The result is utter chaos, leaving the viewer confused and bored. --Trinie Dalton