Rewatch: The Butterfly Effect (2004)

The Butterfly Effect (2004) TNContinuing my alternate timelines streak, I just rewatched The Butterfly Effect, a 2004 psychological thriller supernatural fiction movie by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart.

Evan Treborn, a college student, discovered he can time travel when he reads entries from his journals around the time when he had blackouts during childhood. But when he do small changes during his time travel, it cause a massive change on his present, for the better or worse. Each massive change also damages his brain that might prevent him from traveling further. Can he make his life or those around him for the better?

Spoilers ahead.

Let me quote the article from Wikipedia: The butterfly effect is a concept that states “small causes can have larger effects”. This is a staple on all time travel or alternate timeline stories that I encounter. This is also why I like this kind of stories, it makes me think of “what if” and its repercussions. Every small change must be thought out but sometimes it is not feasible because of too many variables. When the main character Evan travels he does not think things through. I know that he only have a small amount of time to affect the change but, come on, when he decides to re-do things he does so impulsively and thus affecting an even worse scenario. (“Affected much?”)

The Butterfly Effect (2004) cast TN

When I was rewatching this, I realized that I am watching the director’s cut. It contains extra scenes and a different ending from the theatrical edition that I initially watched more than a decade ago. I preferred the ending on this cut. Not every movie should always have a feel-good ending.

Quick rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌗 (3.5 out of 5 stars. I very much like it.)

What’s next? I might rewatch Source Code (2011), more time travel!

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