The Butterfly Effect (2004)


Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

Writer: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber (Screenplay)

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Logan Lerman, Cameron Bright


Plot: A young man blocks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Smart Sci-Fi


Story: The Butterfly Effect starts by introducing us to our protagonist Evan (Kutcher) as he desperately hiding while leaving a note explains how he needs to go back and save a girl.  We are taken back to Evan’s childhood at school and we see how Evan has been having blackouts while drawing disturbing pictures. The blackouts continue to haunt Evan leaving him with blanks in his memory, usually over a traumatic moment in their lives. As he goes through his teenage years he suffers from more traumatic moments that lead too blackouts before he gets taken away from the friends that end up putting him through the moments.

Grown up to the college student age now Evan continues to try and mange his memories by studying how to memories can be reassembled. Seven years without a blackout and he reads an old journal he had been keeping since the blackouts started gives him the ability to go back and see what happened in the blackouts. Evan starts to study all of the moments he lost and starts to relive the moments again before he starts to try and change things. The effects could change everything that has ever happened in his life but can he go back and change things for the best or will only cause bad things.

The Butterfly Effect is one of these stories that really stands the test of time because it looks at the idea of time travel without having to use technology. It doesn’t get confusing because we see the cause and effect of every decision he tries to change. My questions would be how bad are these parents? Really do they not know that the dad did that to his children. What sort of kids grab dynamite and put it in a letterbox? I know these help make the story but in the end if the parents were normal these kids could have just been friends and had a good life together. The talking point for this film would the endings we have a couple of different endings that all make the story go in very different directions make sure you do see them all. (8/10)


Actor Review


Ashton Kutcher: Evan young man who has suffered from blackouts through his childhood, but now as a student he starts to pieces things together which changes his past and future every time he tries to fix things. This could be Ashton’s best film performance of his career. (9/10)


Amy Smart: Kayleigh the girl that Evan grew up with and experienced the traumatic moments with each time he tries to change things we see her in different parts of the life that Evan has changed. Amy gives a good performance in all the different outcomes she has to go through. (7/10)

Support Cast: The Butterfly Effect has a large supporting cast that all turn up in the different outcomes that Evan creates, all the actors do a great job in these roles because they have to perform different roles each time.


Director Review: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber – Both work together to create a very good thriller that really asks questions but most importantly has a realistic idea of the ending. (8/10)


Sci-Fi: The Butterfly Effect enters the sci-fi world without getting carried away because it focuses on one idea without getting carried away with it. (9/10)

Thriller: The Butterfly Effect keeps you guessing to what will change next through the whole film. (9/10)

Settings: The Butterfly Effect has plenty of different settings each show the cause and effect of Evan’s actions. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Butterfly Effect is one to watch I feel it offers enough to keep everyone happy because it is an easy to watch time travel film. (Watch)


Best Part: The simple side to time travel.

Worst Part: The parenting.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It has sequels

Post Credits Scene: Shows different endings.


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $96 Million

Budget: $13 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

Tagline: Change one thing, Change everything


Overall: Enjoyable Look at Cause and Effect



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