As you may have guessed, posting reviews sent in to us for films that haven’t been released yet can cause some serious problems. Just like numerous scoops, a lot of bull crap gets mixed in with the real goodies, and sometimes we make a mistake and post something that ends up crap. So I have to use my judgment and warn you in advance I have no way of proving the validity of the following review for Ashton Kutcher’s The Butterfly Effect. But be warned, there are some small spoilers ahead. Butterfly Effect hits theaters January 23rd from New Line Cinema.
Title: The Butterfly Effect 2004
Director: Eric Bress & J. Gruber
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart
The following review was written by Chad (Coolcnus):
I remember checking my mail earlier this week, and came across an envelope with a strange return address. I brought it inside and ripped it open to find a ticket to an early screening of The Butterfly Effect. (Note: I was on the staff over at Slasherdomain.com and knew a few of the folks that sent me the ticket).
The basic synopsis for the film is about a man(Kutcher) who is struggling with psychological effects of sublimated childhood memories and devises a technique of traveling back in time to inhabit his childhood body. Soon, however, every trip back has unintended results on his present self, leading him to travel back again and again to fix the damage but only makes matters worse.
First off, if your expecting absolute gore, don’t bother. But if you’re in for a suspenseful, psychological thriller, than this might just be your kind of movie.
The film starts off a little slow, Evan(Kutcher) has lost his girlfriend(Smart) and is trying to cope with his emotions toward the incident. Let me just say right here, that the film is pretty much predictable throughout the entire movie, although there is a little twist that I won’t ruin for you and you probably won’t expect it.
Not that that’s out of my system, Evan learns of a technique that allows him to travel back in time to inhabit his childhood body. From here on the film begins to pick up it’s pace. Evan finds a way to bring his girlfriend back, but causes something to go wrong in his present life. Ashton’s character soon finds himself in a web of problems that the only way to prevent is by going back in time, but in that case means more problems to come.
You may feel that Ashton Kutcher is just a comedian, but he is quite the actor in this film. That’s quite a complement coming from someone who pretty much dislikes everything about Ashton Kutcher.
Anyway, the story behind the film is good. It’s well written, well thought out, and probably one of the main things that held the film together. The visuals are average and most of the acting is tolerable.
The film is in a way like that of Final Destination 1 & 2, but I guess that may be because the same writers were involved on both projects. If you’re looking for a good thriller, you will probably enjoy this. Personally, I like gore movies and films of that nature, but I have no regrets of checking this film out, which like I said, suprisingly enjoyed. Check it out.
Chad gives the film a 3 1/2 out of 5 Skulls
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