J.D. Lafrance
The Butterfly Effect DVD Review

The Butterfly Effect

April 10, 2002

Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber,
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Irene Gorovaia, Kevin Schmidt, Jesse James, Logan Lerman, Sarah Widdows, Jake Kaese, Cameron Bright, Eric Stoltz, Callum Keith Rennie, ,

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DVD Review

J.D. Lafrance

“The Butterfly Effect is a gripping, supernatural thriller that taps into the turbulent nature of past, present and future”, claim the producers.

Lies! Let’s rephrase it more accurately:

“The Butterfly Effect is a stupid supernatural comedy that taps into the delusional warped minds of the writers and producers”. It’s just a reel of ridiculous time travel malarkey with that guy from ‘Punk’d’ on MTV, Ashton Kutcher.

When I got to the press screening, obviously realising I was a critic from the distinguished WhatDVD, the organisers tried to pawn off a good review with their warm hospitality and friendly chatter, even providing free alcohol so as to try and intoxicate me and influence my thoughts the devils! Well I accepted their free wine and Stella’s and had more than my fair share of gourmet sandwiches, which were exquisite. My weak morals and principles succumbed to their bribery. The praising review is as follows:

Kutcher delivers an unsettling and convincing performance as Evan Treborn, a young college student struggling with a rather traumatic childhood. Suffering from blackouts since a young age, his psychiatrist told him to keep a journal chronicling the daily events in his life. His blackouts resulted in him losing his memory of certain times and incidents that took place during his black out, then dazing to consciousness unaware of what had happened.

Guaranteed shocks and scares in this film. Jumps are inevitable and somewhat disturbing. The film revolves around the suspense of what the ‘future’ has in store for Evan and his loved ones, and how he has the ability to change it, but not necessarily for the better as he finds out.

Twists and turns will leave you a bit dizzy but it isn’t that hard to follow. It’s a pretty simple film, just complicatedly unravelled. The name of the film comes from the chaos theory that says the flap of a butterfly’s wings could result in a tornado half way around the world.

It is interesting to watch how each character is affected by Evan’s decisions. He returns to the past when he blacked out and discovers what incidents really took place. He then alters the events to what he thinks are best and results in ‘the butterfly effect’ affecting his friends and himself. What life he has given his friends as a result of his alterations is the real interest.

If you liked ‘Final Destination’, you’ll probably like this film – because the same freaks made it. They intend to disturb you with their poor attempt at gritty realism in Middle America but then become entwined with time travel and supernatural powers – freaks. But if that’s your thing then why not go see it. Unfortunately you can’t go and see it now because it’s not out yet. I went to an exclusive pre-release showing that common folk like you just can’t do. Not that it was worth any of my time though. But to the simple film goer’s eye, unlike my directorial vision, you will probably enjoy this sci-fi, supernatural thriller and any young girls (under 10), I’m sure you wouldn’t mind staring at Ashton Kutcher for a couple of hours. Not like you would ever have a chance though. He prefers the older, mature, MILF type of lady, strip teaser Demi Moore.

J.D. is a freelance writer who is currently doing research for a book on the films of Michael Mann. He likes reading anything written by Jack Kerouac, James Ellroy, J.D. Salinger, Harlan Ellison or Thomas Pynchon. J.D. is currently addicted to the T.V. series 24 and enjoys drinking a lot of Sprite. This is not a blatant plug for the beverage but if they ever decided to give him a lifetime supply he certainly wouldn’t turn them down.
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Rating: 58%



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