The Butterfly Effect (2004)

2004 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi

User Score: 79/100


A young man blocks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life.

The Butterfly Effect (2004) is an American science fiction psychological thriller that had an estimated budget of $13 million and grossed over $96 million at the box offices. Directors and writers Eric Bress (Final Destination 2 (2003), The Final Destination (2009), Kyle XY (2006)) and J. Mackye Gruber (Final Destination 2 (2003), Kyle XY (2006), The Courier (2015)) did an excellent job executing this movie. The film contains sexual content, nudity, violence, bad language, rape, incest, child abuse, pedophilia, prostitution, bullying and child pornography. The Butterfly Effect is an elaborate watch but is understandable with simple reflection and shows us what can happen if we alter the course of our past.

Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher - That ‘70s Show (1998), Two and a Half Men (2003), Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)) and his friends Lenny along with sister Kayleigh and brother Tommy has suffered severe psychological traumas. The four of them usually have blackouts. Evan is seen seven years later having fun with a female in his dorm room. He discovers that he can travel back in time and redo parts of his past after reading from his adolescent journals. He also learned that altering his childhood has consequences that can dramatically change his present life where he and or his friends do not receive anything good from it. He also realized that he is the reason he and his friends are not having a good life, his time travel. The movie progresses to being an enjoyable entertaining watch.

The film touches on animal cruelty, teenage violence and child pornography. I like the Blu-ray/DVD because it contains a good amount of special features including discussions about time travel, directors talking about how they feel about the script, documentaries and a feature on the chaos theory and the butterfly effect. The visual effects were stylish and eye-pleasing to the eyes. The music blended nicely with the scenes and flowed well. The editor, producer, and cinematographer did a fabulous job. The entire cast excelled with their performances. The Butterfly Effect is a movie that will leave you with questions about life and if you can alter your past, will you?

About The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Title: The Butterfly Effect
Year: 2004
Starring: Cameron Bright, Lorena Gale, Kevan Ohtsji, Callum Keith Rennie, Kevin Durand, Ted Friend, Jesse James, Elden Henson, Amy Esterle, Bill Croft, Amy Smart, Kendall Cross, William Lee Scott, Paul Lazenby, Kimani Ray Smith, Tara Wilson, John B. Lowe, Jesse Hutch, Scott Swanson, David Cook, Magda Apanowicz, Jacqueline Stewart, Eric Stoltz, Glenn Richards, Nathaniel DeVeaux, Melora Walters, John Tierney, Daniel Spink, Ethan Suplee, Trevor Jones
Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.9/5 stars from 14 users. Votes: 14.
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: R

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