stars, succeeds in new thriller
The butterfly effect [n]- the phenomenon whereby a small change
at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere.
Newtons law says that for every action there is a reaction.
Something as trivial as the flapping of a butterflys wings
could affect weather systems across the globe.
The film, The Butterfly Effect, portrays this theory
as it applies to lifes events and shows how fate can be changed
with the blink of an eye.
I must admit, I was pretty skeptical about seeing a movie starring
His goofball roles in such films as Dude, Wheres My
Car? and Just Married left me pretty doubtful
that Kutcher possessed any talent beyond practical jokes and teenage
Boy, was I surprised.
In The Butterfly Effect, Kutcher takes the lead as Evan
Treborn, a guy with a memory deficiency who learns to control his
Evan does not remember significant events from his childhood. He
suffers from a memory loss that causes him to block out tragic events.
As a college student, Evan uses his deficiency as the basis of research
for his psychology class. In his attempts to remember forgotten
events, Evan realizes he has the power to change the course of his
In doing so, Evan discovers a way to go back in time and relive
the moments he has forgotten, and learns he is able to alter the
outcome of events and repair damages.
He soon discovers, however, that these changes stir unintended consequences
that disrupt the fabric of his life.
As he tries to rewrite his life history, he discovers its
not as easy as it may seem. Evan must figure out how to alter his
past without causing harm to those he cares about.
the plot may seem preposterous, this psychological thriller is not
This film may not be Oscar-worthy, but I liked it. It was well-written
and impressively produced.
The cinematographic quality of the film is amazing and the extraordinary
editing blew me away. The psychedelic editing parallels that of
The Rules of Attraction, another film whose noteworthy
imagery and direction far surpass the plot content.
I definitely recommend The Butterfly Effect to anyone
who is interested in something different. It is one of the few artsy
films that make it to the big screen.
I promise you wont be disappointed with the films quality,
even if you dont like Ashton Kutcher.
The Butterfly Effect, directed by Eric Bress and J.
Mackye Gruber, opens on Friday at theaters everywhere.
familiar faces in this film include Amy Smart (Road Trip,
Varsity Blues), Melora Walters (Magnolia,Boogie
Nights), and Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction, The
Rules of Attraction).