The Butterfly Effect – Movie Review


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.

This is the film that everyone says ‘No, that’s actually really good movie’, but is it really, though?

Yes, yes it is.

Systematically shallow and pointless is what you would call it. However, god is it interesting. You will be dragged into a dark and wonderful place with this film. The time-travel/memory stuff isn’t original, but the twisted memory thing is; and god do I love it. Skipping many narrative beats, often not  a bad thing, the movie feels at the surface actually quite deep, even though its probably not. In essence, the movie is a really good watch story wise and I doubt you will get bored whilst watching it.

Ashton Kutcher is a shining light as far as the adult acting goes here. He is essentially just being Kutcher, which is perfect, because he adds a certain lightness to the role. The rest of the adult cast is pretty dreary and honestly at times quite woeful, although the poor actors are fed some rather forceful lines. The younger cast for me are the highlight, and the moments with them quickly become the most memorable.

The directing is mostly samey, and there isn’t really a presence of excitement, such as a soundtrack, to satisfy aesthetically. And that’s the issue, the interesting premise is ruined by boring cliches. The plot gets far too convoluted for its own good, and drifts into a world where it doesn’t need to be. Its not really tasteless, just very forced to be odd, and it doesn’t succeed in the slightest.

The Butterfly Effect is the sort of movie that is on very late at night, and you can’t help but watch it, because its so god darn interesting… for a bit.

Great foundations for a story and characters, unfortunately ruined by formulaic nonsense. – 3/5


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