The Butterfly Effect (2004)

A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected consequences.


The idea is cool :) it's the kind of pub-talk-idea I usually enjoy a lot. But the execution is a disaster :( I guess it says a lot when Ashton Kutcher is the best actor of the movie (he wasn't bad, especially as a frat boy he looked very natural :p, but the other actors were hopeless). I also think the script is pretty horrible. And I haven't seen any interesting frame, cut or any form of original cinematic language to create deeper layers in the movie.

The thing that killed the movie most for me is that it became a caricature of itself. We all have childhood traumas and glories, and they shape us, but this movie makes the butterfly effect look ridiculous. Tommy from being a Juvie to a Saint, literally, or Kayleigh…

Movie worth watching as a teenager or for the idea, for the rest it is flat, clumsy and a waste of a nice plot for bad cinema.

3 years ago


I've only seen this movie twice. Once a decade ago and then again today.

I've only just learnt that the version I saw a decade ago on the tv was the Director's cut. Having spent so long thinking that was the normal ending, I just can't take the normal ending as the correct one.

4 years ago


It started out a bit lame. It didn't feel too serious in the beginning. But as the movie went on, it grew better and better, and ended up in a really good movie! Not a masterpiece, but well worth the watch =)

7 years ago

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