The Butterfly Effect (2004) Movie Review

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

2004 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi
113 minutes / 1h 53min

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The Butterfly Effect Plot Synopsis:

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick!

The Butterfly Effect (2004) Review

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 p*rnography. 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 p*rnography. 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?

  • The Butterfly Effect Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.48
  • IMDB: 7.7
  • MetaCritic: 3.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.3

About The Butterfly Effect 2004

Title: The Butterfly Effect
Year: 2004
Runtime: 113 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.74/5 stars from 408,465 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 408,465 MPAA Rating: R
The Butterfly Effect Cast Starring: Lorena Gale, Kevin Durand, Callum Keith Rennie, Cameron Bright, Amy Smart, Kevan Ohtsji, Kendall Cross, John B. Lowe, Jesse James, Elden Henson, Amy Esterle, Bill Croft, John Patrick Amedori, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott, Paul Lazenby, Ted Friend, Jesse Hutch, Scott Swanson, David Cook, Trevor Jones, Magda Apanowicz, Jacqueline Stewart, Douglas Arthurs, Chapelle Jaffe, Glenn Richards, Sam Easton, Nathaniel DeVeaux, Kimani Ray Smith, Tara Wilson
The Butterfly Effect Writers: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress
The Butterfly Effect Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Box Office: $57,200,000
Production: New Line Cinema
Language: English
Country: USA, Canada