Movie Review: The Butterfly Effect (2004)


Time travel! Good? Bad? Which do you think it’d be if it actually existed? Keep that question in mind as you read through this review. I can at least for sure say that I find the subject intriguing and love when I find a movie/TV-show/video game about it that actually looks somewhat good. So let’s review one that I have been interested in seeing for quite some time.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Butterfly Effect”.

Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) is a young man who used to get total blackouts to get through terrible events in his life. Through his life he also wrote in journals to try to piece everything together. Now as a young adult when he revisits these journals he finds out he can change his past. Not gonna lie to you guys, that idea is intriguing as all hell. And I do think they did a pretty good job at handling it. Buuuut, it wasn’t as good as it could have been. At one point he is jumping back and forth in time so much that it just becomes kind of distracting and even a bit annoying. However I really liked the ending, it’s both thought provoking and kind of tragic. Now, I watched the Director’s Cut of the movie, so if anyone wants to discuss the differences and the overall movie, message me. Sorry, got side-tracked! The plot, um yeah, pretty good.

The characters in this movie are a bit of this and a bit of that what they are. You see, as Evan jumps around and alters his past, he changes everyone else’s lives as well, so they’re personalities might change a ton. The only one who never really changes is Evan and I thought he was a pretty good character. Ashton Kutcher gives a good performance as him. I didn’t expect an Oscar Worthy performance from the guy, but I never thought he’d be bad. He did a good enough job as him. Amy Smart is pretty good too, playing his love interest/girlfriend/friend in this movie. Best actor in this movie though, Elden Henson. Yeah, Foggy from the “Daredevil” series. He was fucking great in the movie.  Also, there is an actor I never noticed in this movie and that was Logan Lerman. He played the 7 year old version of Evan. When I looked up thism ovie on the internet after I was like “Okay, hmmm… HOLY SHIT Logan Lerman!?”.

The score for the movie was done by Michael Suby and it was actually really good. It managed to create tension, but it also managed to create some sadness, both very well at the right times. It was an overall good score, nothing else to say. Though I can say that I like the inclusion of the song “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” by Oasis, that was pretty cool of the people who worked on the movie.

This movie was both written and directed by Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber who both made “Final Destiantion 2” together (I notice that we are in “good” hands). However, this movie had a little more brains than “Final Destination”, even if this movie could get rather stupid at times. Also, I forgot to mention this in the “Characters/Acting” part of the review, but this movie created a character that really deserves the “Dickhead of the Year” award. I think you know who I mean if you’ve seen this movie. And no, it’s not Eric Stoltz even though he plays a terrible man in this movie. The visual effects that we get when Evan travels through time are also pretty great, it’s like reality is falling apart and I think it looks great.

This movie has gotten some very mixed reception to say the least. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 33% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 30/100 (Ouch). Roger Ebert gave the movie 2,5/4 stars. And on it has a score of 7,7/10.

“The Butterfly Effect” is a movie that is reaching for greatness and is actually pretty close to reaching it it. But at a point our hero is jumping back and forth so much that it becomes annoying and stupid. But the plot was overall pretty good, the acting is really good, the music is great, the directing is really good, the visual effects are really good and the ending (that I got) was also really good. Time for my final score. *Swoosh*. My final score for “The Butterfly Effect” is an 8,95/10. I think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

“The Butterfly Effect” is now reviewed.

And now, let’s all take a moment since this was the first movie I ever added to my watchlist when I first joined imdb. Butterfly Effect, January 2013 – August 2015.