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The Butterfly Effect

  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Eric Bress
  • 108 mins
  • 15

Summary

A college student discovers he can travel back in time to his troubled childhood and change future events for himself and his friends - but his meddling in the course of history leads to unforeseen consequences when he returns to the present day. Supernatural thriller, starring Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott and Melora Walters.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Just Married and Dude, Where's My Car? goofball Ashton Kutcher takes on a more serious role in this ambitious supernatural thriller. Written and directed by Final Destination 2 scribes J Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress, it's based on the idea of chaos theory, which speculates that the smallest of events can have the hugest of consequences. In a plot that feels lifted from The Twilight Zone, Kutcher plays a troubled college student who discovers he has the ability to go back in time and rewrite the past. Touching on provocative themes such as child abuse, disability and terminal illness, Gruber and Bress have created a powerful and disturbing tale. Despite being spoilt by a rushed and overly simplistic conclusion, it's surprisingly dark and adult for a Hollywood project. In contrast to his joker reputation, Kutcher delivers a strong and believable performance, though his co-stars, with the exception of a stomach-churningly good Eric Stoltz, are largely unremarkable.

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Credits

Cast

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Evan TrebornAshton Kutcher
Kayleigh MillerAmy Smart
George MillerEric Stoltz
Tommy MillerWilliam Lee Scott
Lenny KaganElden Henson
Evan at 7Logan Lerman
Evan at 13John Patrick Amedori
Kayleigh at 13Irene Gorovaia
Lenny at 13Kevin G Schmidt
Tommy at 13Jesse James
ThumperEthan Suplee
Andrea TrebornMelora Walters
Jason TrebornCallum Keith Rennie

Crew

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DirectorEric Bress
DirectorJ Mackye Gruber

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2004-04-16
Language
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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