When he begins experiencing debilitating headaches that lead to blackouts, a young man discovers that he is able to mentally travel back in time and alter the past… but he is not prepared for the effects that those changes create.
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Thank heavens I first watched the director's cut ending because the theatrical version is worse. The ideas of Chaos Theory and Butterfly Effect are very interesting, but the idea of time travelling isn't.
I cannot stand Mr. Kutchner. He is fairly easy to hate, but I set aside my prejudice to watch this film because of the time travel thing. The general philosophy of the film is something that I agree with, which is that the more you try to fix things, the more fucked up things become. Having the alternate happy ending on the DVD is something thrown in for the weak of mind.
A discombobulated attempt to cash in on the cult success of 'Donnie Darko', 'Memento' and 'Fight Club' with variable results. Many ideas but consistency in the arc of the narrative is lost to the desire to maintain spectacle.
Yes, Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber are about as proficient at writing natural dialogue as the average Burger King employee is at performing brain-surgery with a lug-wrench while eight beers deep. That said, it's a stellar piece technically; tightly wound and filler-free. The cast is also terrific, the central idea is explored thoughtfully and the love story is moving and endearing in its idealistic elegance.
In my opinion, there are at least two reasons why THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT worked. First, although its idea isn't an original one, but it's still enjoyable. At some point, I kinda feel this movie is quite similar with DONNIE DARKO. But, director Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber knew how to make it fresh. Second, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT actually has a good moral value. No matter how you fix the past, you just make it worse...