Movie Review: The Butterfly Effect (2004)

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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 imdb.com 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.
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“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.

Movie Review: Fury (2014)

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War is ugly. Sure, some people get hailed as heroes, but that is only to glorificate it to make more people join the army/navy. And when the war advertisements are done, the “heroes” get thrown away like another bag of trash. There is nothing beautiful or great about war, it is all dirt, blood and loss of humanity. Now that I got that mini-rant out of the way I will have to admit that war movies are pretty cool. So here we have a war movie.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Fury”.

So what is this movie about? Well it is about a squad of soldiers (Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Shia LaBeouf) led by soldier “Wardaddy” (Brad Pitt) who are tasked to get an American Sherman-tank through enemy lines and kill some nazis. At the same time it is about rookie soldier Norman (Lerman) getting thrown into all this shit and trying to live with it all and learn to fight. And with that, I was pretty impressed with the story of the movie. Not that it was anything special per se, but I still liked that it was constantly moving and also that it didn’t try to be something overly emotional or complex. And when I say it was constantly moving I was slightly lying considering there is one scene about halfway into the movie that slows everything down a little bit. Not that I hated the scene or anything, I just felt like it broke the pace a little bit. Otherwise I liked the story.

The characters… fucking hell! If you count away Logan Lerman for a second, everyone in the tank are assholes. Except for Logan Lerman who is a good guy in the movie, I will also mention that this is the best I have ever seen from him. I can also mention that Jon Bernthal wasn’t an asshole in the movie… he was even lower than that! He was the biggest dickhead ever and no one ever stopped him during his dickhead shenanigans. But I do have to mention that Bernthal played him very well. And of course, Brad Pitt as “Wardaddy”… he was great. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise, it’s Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt is always great… or at least good. And yes, even “Actual Cannibal” Shia LaBeouf is also great in it. He may have been up to some really weird shit, but at least he has proven that he got acting chops. And Michael Peña was great too, but I knew that after seeing “End of Watch” (Sidenote: “End of Watch” was directed by David Ayer who also directed this).

The score by Steven Price really helps catch the intensity of the story and the war. It also helps set the mood during any scenes that it’s part of. It really gives a lot of emotion and power to the movie.

This movie features some of the most intense action scenes that I have ever seen. Seeing the tank fight other tanks and German soldiers was not only brutal but also really badass. The movie is also directed in such a way where you feel like you’re part of the crew and like you’re in the tank with them while they’re blowing nazis up. IT is also fun seeing that this movie is beautifully shot with steady shots, wide shots and not any shaky found-footage like “End of Watch” (Sidenote: Don’t misunderstand that, I love “End of Watch”).

People seemed to really like this movie. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 77% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,7/10.

“Fury” is a movie featuring a good story, great acting, really good writing, great direction and really intense action scenes. The only negative about the movie is that one scene near the halfway point that breaks pace. Time for my final score. Jeff, get me the envelope! Someone in the way? Kill him! It is a kid? Well I don’t care if it’s a baby with a butter knife in one hand and momma’s left titty in the other, you kill it. *Five minutes goes by* You got it? Good! Sorry about that, guys. My final score for “Fury” is a 9,58/10. It is pretty great and will get the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Fury” is completed.

Ideals are peaceful, history is violent.