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The Butterfly Effect

2006-03-30 12:28

Change One Thing. Change Everything....

Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) has lost track of time. From an early age, crucial moments of his life have disappeared into a black hole of forgetting, his boyhood marred by a series of terrifying events he can't remember.

What remains is the ghost of memory and the broken lives of his childhood friends, Kayleigh (Amy Smart), Lenny (Elden Henson) and Tommy (William Lee Scott).

Throughout his childhood, Evan was under the care of a psychologist who encouraged him to keep a journal, detailing the events of his day-to-day life. Now in college, Evan reads from one of those journals and finds himself thrust inexplicably back in time.

Evan comes to realize the notebooks he keeps under his bed are a vehicle, a way to return to the past to reclaim his memories. But these recollections only leave Evan feeling responsible for the damaged lives of his friends, especially Kayleigh, the childhood sweetheart he still loves.

Determined to do something now that he was incapable of doing then, Evan purposely travels back in time, his present-day mind occupying his childhood body, in an attempt to re-write history and spare his friends and loved ones these traumatic experiences. By altering the events of the past, Evan hopes to transform the present.

But every time Evan changes something in the past, he returns to the present to find his actions have unexpected and disastrous consequences. Try as he might, he can't seem to create a reality that allows he and Kayleigh to live "happily ever after."

What the critics are saying:

"Lobotomised entertainment that's dark, violent, and hilariously dumb."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi Film

"There's so much flashing forward and backward, so many spins of fate, so many chapters in the journals, that after awhile I felt that I, as well as time, was being jerked around."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"An entertaining piece of supernatural nonsense whose sheer audacity disarms all (well, nearly all) skepticism."
- Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

An intriguing premise about the nature of chaos has been boiled down into a cheap and flavourless thriller starring Ashton "the dumb guy from That 70s Show" Kutcher.

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stef 2005/05/08 4:29 PM
butterfly effect wow!after i went out of the cinema, i was completely dazed!i was so transfixed on what i had seen, that i think it deserves much higher ratings, to be able to have such an effect on someone is just amazing!one of the critics says that he was jerked around to much but i think to be able to write such a script and still get the full story accross takes some skill!so well done to the writer, you sure did a great job:)
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