Butterfly Effect

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A young man struggling to access subliminal childhood memories finds a technique that allows him to travel back to the past. Occupying his childhood body, he's able to change history. But every chage he makes has unexpected consequences.


Studio New Line
SKU 40241718
UPC 794043717321
UPC 14 00794043717321
Format DVD
Release Date 9/12/2006
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Time Travel
Editors Note
Note Playing God has its consequences, which is the theme of the tricky time-travel shockfest THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress, who share writing and directing credits, make a splash with a gripping script that never fails to throw twists and loops into the plot. Both thematically and visually, the film is similar to the perfect commercial filmmaking in the team's script for FINAL DESTINATION II. ^Here, Evan Trehorn (Ashton Kutcher) is a college student who has suffered from blackouts and memory loss since he was a child. Tormented by deeply repressed childhood memories, he has visions of his best friend and first love Kayleigh (Amy Smart) as a child (Irene Gorovaia) whose Dad (Eric Stoltz) is a child molester, and whose brother Tommy has a serious sadistic streak. In search of greater clarity, Evan pores over his journals and is physically transported back in time where he is still a young boy (John P. Amedori) and has the ability to change what happened. But soon he realizes that changing history has caused calamitous results elsewhere. A mesmerizing thriller with a dark underlying mystery, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT is delightfully chilling.
Chicago Sun-Times "[Kutcher] plays a convincing kid in his early 20s, treating each new reality with a straightforward realism....The plot provides a showcase for acting talent." 01/23/2004 p.31
Box Office "Kutcher is perfectly serviceable in his first dramatic role..." 03/01/2004 p.29
Eric Bress
J. Mackye Gruber
Ashton Kutcher
Amy Smart
Cast & Crew
Amy Smart - Actor
Ashton Kutcher - Actor
Ashton Kutcher, et al. - Executive Producer
Chris Bender, et al. - Producer
Douglas Higgins - Production Designer
Elden Henson - Actor
Eric Bress - Screenplay
Eric Bress - Director
Eric Stoltz - Actor
Irene Gorovaia - Actor
J. Mackye Gruber - Director
J. Mackye Gruber - Screenplay
John Patrick Amedori - Actor
Kevin Schmidt - Actor
Matthew F. Leonetti - Cinematographer
Melora Walters - Actor
Peter Amundson - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 7173
UPC 00794043717321
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The ending is weak, and may be the result of the filmmakers writing themselves into a corner and not
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I enjoyed The Butterfly Effect, up to a point. That point was reached too long before the end
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Director's Cut, Spanish, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Kutcher,Ashton
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies An ambitious, thoughtful and challenging film with layers of serious ideas.
Emily Blunt, Blunt Review ...a wonderfully intelligent piece that ties all its fluffy cinematic bows properly...
Victoria Alexander, Filmsinreview.com Outlandish premise. Cleverly executed.

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