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...
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 very original and unique concept. I had vague memories of seeing clips of this film growing up, when I watched it in full for the first time I was quite stunned by the ending. When I re-watched it a couple years later, I was left pretty emotionally scarred by the alternate ending, lol.
This movie was a scene too long... The way he "corrects it all"...? Come on... I think it's a great movie, but with greater flaws. There are really disturbing moments throughout the film. The Butterfly Effect is brilliantly presented, but there was one thing I didn't like: the supernatural portion. It feels like it was created to fill a gap... which didn't exist if the movie was one scene shorter.