Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Review : The Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect: The Story of a young man, who blocks out the harmful memories of significant events that accrued in his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter the way he lives.
Welcome to my next film banter. Today on the Blog, I will be talking about 'The Butterfly Effect' from 2004. It has been a while since I first saw this film, I have only seen this just the once. I can still remember bits and pieces from it, It has always been a film I look back on and think 'well actually that was an ok movie'.
It isn't brilliant by all means, but judging on the way it works and the pacing of it. I would say it's a fairly basic story that works quite well, and is current to a sci-fi genre. The simplicity of 'The Butterfly Effect' is that it's so diverse, and so uncanny time travel. There's no rubbish about interferring with the course of history, there's no wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff going on, It's just us as the audience veiwing Ashton Kutcher going backwards in time and experiencing many alternate versions of his life, by looking into a book.
The Actual story premis of 'The Butterfly Effect' is this. Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) grows up in a small surberban town with his single, working mother and his friends. Evan is a character that is very quickly picked up as being a character that suffers from memory blackouts. Where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, and this leaves him confused. Evan's friends and mother don't believe him, they're just under the impression of thinking that he makes it up.
As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has been writting a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens, more clearly. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick. And it's a blast to the past for Evan.
What I will say about 'Butterfly Effect' is how cleverly it's pulled off, it has it's own little stories happening, within the main story. Which I think is probably the genius of it. It coagulates on the alternate versions of what happens in events of past, which ultimatly effect the future.
It has a brilliant Sci-Fi edge to it. As thriller, it works just as well. To be fair I do like the script a lot, because it's just brings a fresh new dynamic to the media. It does in a sence what 'Back to the Future' did, it's set out be so different, so that others can learn from it.
I like films, which teach as well as entertain, and though events in 'Butterfly Effect' are fictional. It does teach us a lesson of 'what happens in the past, will or can effect the future'.
I only have one question though 'why was it called The Butterfly Effect', to me that's not clear.
An observation of the title meaning would of been nice to have, just so everything made a bit more sense.
Overall, I would like to award 'The Butterfly Effect' a 7/10.
Thanks for reading this.
NEXT: I will review 'Rain Man' which stars Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. I'll post that review on Wednesday the 23rd of October 2013.