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The Butterfly Effect

A 2004 movie written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber.

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Intriguing Movie, Leaves You Wondering...

  • Apr 19, 2004
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In this new dramatic film featuring Ashton Kutcher & Amy Smart, Kutcher's character is introduced when he is a child and appears to have blocked memories and blackouts associated with psychological stressors. Then he is a teen with similar issues, and then he appears as a college student (where Kutcher becomes the character). At this point, he starts going through his old journals and his mind goes back to traumatic childhood episodes, where he discovers that he can change what happened by mentally altering his actions during the episode recall. When he returns from these mental flashbacks, reality has changed according to what he did in the flashback. Unfortunately, each time he tries to change things for the better, another painful reality unfolds. This is an excellent concept and Ashton Kutcher gets to be more dramatic in this role than in his prior TV & movie parts. I thought this was a well done movie and expect that the U.S. DVD release will have some interesting bonus features to further explore the concepts of the movie.

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review by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I did really like the movie. I thought it was really creative and thought provoking. The only beef I have with it is that it was kind of sadistic. Burning a dog, blowing up a baby, child porn.. But I try to justify it with the fact that all of it is changed in the end. My brother was half watching it when I was watching it and then left saying this movie is depressing and sick and I was all "wait stay it gets better!" but I do wish it didn't have those things in it, but, what can …
Quick Tip by . October 05, 2010
I really enjoyed this movie and found the way everything was interwoven together was excellent.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Ashton played a very great charachter in the film. The film was exciting
review by . March 05, 2009
I love these types of films. A movie of alternate realities where each small shift in the past causes a completely different present. Each time you watch in anticipation of the twist for the new reality.     Kutcher is a troubled youth who was molested along with a young girl, by the girl's father and later is bullied by the girl's brother. The girl ends up committing suicide and Kutcher's life is haunted by his past. Kutcher is told by his analyst to keep a diary of everything …
review by . November 12, 2008
The Butterfly Effect
For such an intriguing subject as `time travel' (using the term loosely), there are very few stories, much less movies, that can carry off the subject with an interesting approach. `The Butterfly Effect' falls into the rank of excellence along with the movie `Donnie Darko' and the book `Replay' by Ken Grimwood.     Evan Treborn (played surprisingly well by Aston Kutcher) has been plagued by strange memory blackouts throughout his childhood, usually occurring at traumatic times …
review by . November 17, 2008
This movie shows that Ashton Kutcher can morph from playful goofball to serious actor when required, breaking the stereotype of previous roles in "That 70's Show", "Dude, Where's My Car?", "Punk'd", and "Just Married".     In this dark and depressing movie, Kutcher plays Evan Treborn, a young man who has been experiencing memory lapses since childhood. After these "black-outs" he has absolutely no recollection of what has happened, and despite many tests, the medical profession …
review by . December 17, 2008
Excellent acting by Ashton Kutcher and the other cast. Movie's very similar to Frequency, except for the problems are numerous and considerably darker.  An unforgettable story about the complication of life. Great thought-provoking storyline. I couldn't think a movie can impress me like this. A simple film has impressed me, like vibration of a butterfly's wing the half world.
review by . April 27, 2007
I thought the movie was great psychological thriller, involving a pretty typical storyline about alterations to the past causing the future to turn out in "unexpected ways"... rarely ever the way the protagonist really wants it to be. This is one of those movies that will keep your full attention for the entire length. Ashton Kutcher, in his first serious role, plays surprisingly well in this movie. He shows us a side that I hope we'll see again. But for the kind of person he is, Kutcher does an …
review by . January 24, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Chaos theory is always interesting, fantastic actors, great ending     Cons: The guy behind me      The Bottom Line: See this film, but make sure you don't bite your fingernails to the cuticle like I did.     I saw the preview for this movie a few weeks ago, and told my boyfriend not to let me pass this one up. He kept his word, and took me out last night to see it, and although I don't regret seeing the film one bit, I do regret …
review by . September 07, 2004
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT is an oddly controversial film. Marketed as a star turn for Ashton Kutcher, it is more a film that, despite its big budget and excessive special effects, should have played the small art theaters. Well, now, in the solitude of the home, the film can be watched for what it really is - an interesting concept based on the Chaos Theory: one tiny event can have cosmic end effects. The title references this theory: the flutter of a butterfly wing can result in a chain of events that …
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Starring Ashton Kutcher, Ethan Suplee, Melora Walters, Amy Smart
Directed by Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Writers:  Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

Product Description
A young man struggling to access sublimated childhood memories finds a technique that allows him to travel back to the past. Occupying his childhood body, he is able to change history. But every change he makes has unexpected consequences.
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Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: January 23, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 53min
Studio: BenderSpink , New Line Cinema
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