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The Butterfly Effect

Published July 3, 2022

The Butterfly Effect

Film info

  • Title The Butterfly Effect
  • Directors Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
  • Year 2004
  • Run time 1hrs 53m
  • Genres Science-Fiction, Thriller
  • Tagline Such minor changes, such huge consequences

In The Butterfly Effect Evan Terborn has lost crucial moments of his life, his childhood scarred by a series of terrifying events he can't remember. When Evan realises that by reading his diaries he can unlock the past and go back in time, he tries to reclaim the missing memories by tampering with hte past... with unexpected and disastrous results! The more Evan tampers with time, the more his life - and that of his friend Kayleigh - begin to unravel, and he discovers there is no such thing as a happy ending!

Live blog

Time Comment
3:23 I’m always impressed and jealous of people that can fix their own cars.
8:28 “What kind of stress can a seven year old have?” Where do I start?
12:27 The letterbox that looks just like the house is so weird.
20:47 I can’t believe that kid didn’t get arrested for the cinema attack.
26:31 Seven years blackout sober.
28:04 “I guess charisma and eyeliner go a long way.”
35:56 Ooh, and the time travel begins.
44:15 Not really the saviour comeback he might have wanted.
53:16 I would be pretty dismayed to realise that yellow jacket was part of my wardrobe too.
1:00:44 He walks different! How weird.
1:14:42 I’ve seen this film before and it’s still making me jump a mile.
1:18:33 “I’ll send you a postcard when I’ve made everything perfect again.”
1:38:33 I think the journals is the only question mark in this… would they always exist in every timeline?

Thoughts

I remember having seen this before and really liking it - time travel, you know - but I could only really remember the ending specifically. So it was quite a revelation to watch it again after such a long time. All the terrifying events that occur to these kids are so awful but you know you have to persevere to get to the bit where he can start to try and put things right.

Once he starts travelling through time, I really loved it. Changing something, seeing the effect of what happened, it’s intriguing and fascinating, and crucially, it all stacked up.

The only weird thing was the ending I remembered didn’t happen, something totally different - and much nicer - happened. Turns out there’s an alternate ending, and I saw the director’s cut. Wish I’d seen this one, it’s much better!

Rating: 4 / 5

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