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The Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect (DVD)
Member Name: ntg13
The Butterfly Effect (DVD)
Date: 14/11/12, updated on 14/11/12 (30 review reads)
Advantages: Good plot line, good actors, Ashton Kutcher generally just looking good
Disadvantages: Quite a bit of violence, so not for everyone I guess
My boyfriend loves this film, so it's down to him that I ended up watching it. I wasn't really sure what to expect from the title as it doesn't seem to give much away, though looking it up it would seem the title refers to a principle in chaos theory which states that small differences in any dynamic system can over time lead to large unforeseen circumstances.
The butterfly effect can be found on Amazon for just £2.99 with free super saver delivery! This is a fantastic price in my opinion and one I'd be extremely pleased to pay.
HMV also sell this DVD for £2.99.
It's fairly easy to find for sale in other places at varying prices with a quick google shopping search.
The film is set in 2002 and was first released on DVD in 2004. It comes under the genre of Sci fi (or sometimes places also list it is fantasy or thriller).
The film is R rated because of it's violence, sexual content, language and drug use. This means the film is only intended for those over 18 years of age.
The main character; Evan is played by Ashton Kutcher (who I happen to think is rather good looking, this may have enhanced the film slightly for me haha!) who blacks out frequently in times of stress. He discovers that he can travel back to points in his journal by reading the journal entries and change what happens at that point in time. This then has the knock on effect of changing the future when he comes back to it.
The story heavily revolves around Evan's childhood sweetheart Kayleigh (played by Amy Smart) and also features Kayleigh's brother Tommy (William Lee Scott) and their friend Lenny (Elden Henson). The character's childhood's feature many awful events, including agressive siblings, abusive parents and terrible childhood pranks and Evan tries to go back and change the awful things that happened in the past. This however does not always make the future a better place for Evan and those around him.
Evan's ability to travel back to points in the past is inherited from his father and we see Evan ultimately end up in a mental institution where his father had previously been.
I found the story line very interesting and often things that happened were unexpected. The actors in my opinion all worked well together and were good at their roles, in particular I found Amy Smart to be great.
Our DVD has an ending where Evan manages to end up never being born in the first place. I won't ruin it for you to explain how it happens though! There are however two other endings to the film.
I have seen on TV an ending where Evan and Kayleigh never became friends and as adults they pass in the street and Evan looks at her but then carries on walking.
There is apparently another ending which I haven't seen where Evan and Kayleigh don't become friends, pass in the street as adults and Evan asks Kayleigh out for coffee.
All of the endings and how they come about are interesting to watch. The ending on our DVD is quite sad compared to the others though!
There is a second and third film which I would really not recommend watching, I didn't enjoy them nearly as much as the original. The sequels have revived mixed ratings and involve new characters instead of the ones in the original film.
I very much enjoyed this film and I can see why my boyfriend wanted us to watch it. This film hasn't managed to knock my favorite from it's top spot (Pirates of the Caribbean by the way!) but it was the best film I have watched in a while.
It was interesting to see what was different in Evan's life each time an event had been changed as it wasn't easy at all to predict how things would differ. I did find myself going "What on earth?!" at the TV a few times though because of how many truly awful things the kids in the film do, or have happen to them. I found this film made me think and it always left me wondering what was going to happen next rather than being predictable.
Overall, I would happily recommend this film to others
Summary: A good film that can be found at a bargain price.