Ashton Kutcher is Evan Treborn, a college student who finds that he has a unique ability to travel into his past and alter prior events, thus enabling him to rearrange his future. The story opens in childhood with Evan (played by John Patrick Amedori) and three friends-Lenny, Kayleigh, and her brother, Tommy-getting into lots of mischief and, frighteningly, avoiding being videotaped naked by Kayleigh and Tommy's drunken, sadistic father. It also doesn't help that Evan draws weird pictures, scares his mother with kitchen knives, and experiences frequent blackouts. A psychiatrist suggests that Evan keep a daily journal of his activities, and as the weeks and months pass so does the size of Evan's journal collection. When a childhood prank by the four children goes horribly awry, it changes the course of everyone's collective destinies. Flash forward to present day and we find Evan an honors student in college and seven years free of any blackouts. But running into Kayleigh (Amy Smart, Rat Race), who works as a waitress and has an otherwise abysmal existence, restarts Evan's condition. When Evan finds out that she's killed herself, he attempts to head into the past to save Kayleigh from her fate. Thus begins a weird, strange adventure as Evan maneuvers his past and present in a desperate bid to make everything right again.]]>
The Butterfly Effect (Director's Cut & Theatrical Release) [Blu-ray]
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The kid actors looked very much like their adult counterparts, especially in Kutcher's case, so that the constant transitions between pre-teen, teen, and adult versions of the characters were very smooth... this was important to keep the audience suspending its disbelief.
The screenplay delved into taboo subjects fearlessly, which I think added to its richness and made it all the more riveting.
Most of the critics didn't like this film, and I suspect a lot of that has to do with their personal disdain of Kutcher. That's neither relevant nor fair. Roger Ebert tried to be fair in his review and did say some good things about the movie, but he was bothered a lot by the inexplicably artistic quality of the drawing and the note-lettering penned by the Kutcher character. I agree that this high quality this was kind of odd, since the character was never portrayed as an artist, but I think that's a minor detail that detracted only slightly from one's enjoyment of the movie. Overall, Butterfly Effect was a handsomely-filmed, "sci-fi" movie that didn't rely on special effects to hold my interest and entertain me. It was a great ride. What more could the critics want?
Evan had terrible blackouts when he was little, very much like his father. He would blackout during terrible situations and not remember anything. That's when it was suggested to him that he keep a journal to see if he could remember what happened during those blackouts. When Evan is all grown up, still haunted by his terrible past that had blanketed him and his friends, he discovers that he can relive those memories when he reads his entries. He can view it like a movie and finally see what had happened during his blackouts. Not only that, but he has the power to even alter those moments. Determined to fix the pasts of him and his friends, he relives those memories and tries to fix them so they will all have a better future. However, when he tries to change one thing, it leads to devastating results that he could have never foreseen. As the cover says, "Change one thing... change EVERYTHING."
I found this film to be very interesting and complex, even though I felt that the film itself was not perfect.Read more ›
Ashton Kutcher plays Evan, a college student who can relive gnarly past events and in doing so, change the present. The outcome is always a surprising set of consequences. I don't want to say too much about the movie because I sincerely believe this is one of those few movies where you shouldn't know too much. While a number of movies have played with time travel (Terminator, Back to the Future, Etc...) this one does it with a gritty slickness that is truly different and very unpredictable.
People will definately be surprised at Kutcher's performance and this movie is an inarguable breakthrough for him as a dramatic actor. Amy Smart shows her dramatic chops as well, after doing comedic roles in Rat Race and Road Trip. It's kind of a dream role, in that she gets to play four characters in one movie, each one multi-dimensional and vastly diverse from the previous ones. I read that Eldon Henson, dropped and gained 30 pounds for his various roles as well. I think it demonstrates the dedication that the actors put into the project and it certainly pays off on screen.
It's an incredibly thought provoking concept with all these cool set ups and payoffs along the way. I was surprised by how violent it was at times, but it worked for the story and I'm not turned off by that kinda thing. By far one of the best movies I've seen this year and deserves some sort of critical acclaim even though it comes out at a time of year when movies are for the most part forgotten.
See this movie and you'll get your money's worth. I'm probably going to have to see it again because, like films like The Sixth Sense, it should be even cooler the second time around when you know the secrets.
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a movie that makes you think,sometimes on subjects you dont want to think about. very important to understand thats the direction they wanted to take you in. Read morePublished 1 day ago by not the hero of canton
A mishmash of nonsense. Although, the viewer discovers that Ashton Kutcher does like to suck prison wiener.Published 9 days ago by The Evaluator
This is a great move that proves Ashton Kutcher is a good actor. The concept is unique and entertaining, and the suspense is excellent. Read morePublished 10 days ago by W. J.
A very underrated movie. This is a quality press with crisp image/sound.Published 19 days ago by Tyler Durden
This movie is just disturbing. I love dark movies but this movie just takes it to far.
I feel they could have explored the fascinating premises of the movie without the... Read more
Came in expecting nothing, ended up with a very dark and thoughtful experience.Published 1 month ago by Jake E. Nelson
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