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The Butterfly Effect [Jan. 25th, 2004|04:17 pm]
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I'm fascinated with time travel, in all its different forms. So I was interested to see The Butterfly Effect even though it stars Ashton Kutcher.
He wasn't as bad in this as I feared. He's no Barrymore, but he didn't suck.
This movie incorporates the concepts of two time-travel novels: The Man Who Folded Himself, by David Gerrold, in which a man inherits a means of time travel and keeps changing the past, and then going back and stopping himself from doing it when he doesn't like the results; and Time and Again by Jack Finney, in which a man goes back in time using self-hypnosis and an anchor to the time he means to visit. Evan Treborn changes his past via his journals, which he's kept since the age of seven - reading what happened takes him back. Literally. Then he becomes his past self and changes the events...

...The only thing wrong with it is that all the events are so horrible. Let's see: there's child molestation and pornography, animal torture, prison sodomy, amputation, prostitution, vandalism, murder, lung cancer and, oh yes, gratutious fraternity scenes. None of which are very pleasant to watch. So while the concept and premise are compelling, the actual scenes are very hard to sit through. The different "realities" are interesting to follow, however, and you can see what happens, what has happened, what will happen, each time young Evan has a blackout. And the ending is suprisingly...elegant.

While the "adult" actors will get all the credit here, the actors who play the characters at seven and, especially, at thirteen deserve recognition. They are onscreen as much, if not more, than the adult actors. And they're very good, considering the things they're being asked to enact.

It's captivting...I just wish it was a little less...sordid.
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[User Picture]From: nonethewiser
2004-01-25 11:22 pm (UTC)
It looked pretty interesting. We just saw the trailer when we were at LOTR. I'm glad you saw it before I did, though. That sounds pretty creepy, of the variety that makes me hyperventilate. So maybe I'll save it for a renter.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-01-25 11:44 pm (UTC)
I guess if things were good, he'd not have wanted to change them.

Eric Stoltz makes a very believable pedophile. It's spooky.
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From: drewberry4
2004-01-26 12:05 am (UTC)
Definitely incredibly disturbing :\

OK so here's something I want to ask you about. My mom said she saw Ashton Kutcher do an interview where he said that his character suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder. I'm sorry, but I don't see that AT ALL. In the least bit. If that's what the plot was going for, they did a horribly shitty job of getting that across. Have you heard/read anything like this, or is my mom just imagining things?
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-01-26 12:20 am (UTC)
I didn't see that either...

I don't read reviews or, really, much of anything about a movie before I see it. So I haven't heard or read anything...but now I'll keep an eye/ear out...

He seemed pretty sure of who he was. And even said so at the end of the movie...
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[User Picture]From: krztov
2004-01-26 02:11 am (UTC)
*SPOILER WARNING FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT SEEN IT*

i thought it was the best movie ive seen in awhile, i like the connectivity of it, like how the blackouts in his past were actually caused by him going back and changing what happened, I.E. him standing there with the knife in the beginning, i thought it was very well done, another thing i didnt even notice til my girlfriend pointed it out, the picture he drew in school that he didnt remember drawing was actually of him killing the skinheads from the prison, good stuff
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-01-26 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yeh, I noticed that in the drawing too. I also liked that he picked the one thing that would get Carlos the Jesus Freak to believe him...
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[User Picture]From: krztov
2004-01-26 05:09 pm (UTC)
haha yeah, good stuff, im thinking of seeing it again to see if i notice anything else
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[User Picture]From: rabkitty
2004-01-26 04:18 pm (UTC)
>>>>>>>...The only thing wrong with it is that all the events are so horrible. Let's see: there's child molestation and pornography, animal torture, prison sodomy, amputation, prostitution, vandalism, murder, lung cancer and, oh yes, gratutious fraternity scenes. None of which are very pleasant to watch. So while the concept and premise are compelling, the actual scenes are very hard to sit through.
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YIKES! Thanks for the heads up, I definitely won't be watching it then. 'Monster' shook me up enough. =(
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2004-01-26 05:08 pm (UTC)
Saw Kutcher talking about this on "The View" (I was home from work, and that's what Mom was watching. Quit looking at me like that.), and the fact of the disturbing subject matter was one of the major reasons he did the film. He looks at it as a possible way to open up a dialogue about these disturbing events that happen with alarming frequency in our every day lives that people tend to push aside because they are too uncomfortable to talk about them.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-01-26 05:28 pm (UTC)
That actually makes me respect this a bit more.

Interesting.
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2004-01-26 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah. The whole thing actually made me like Kutcher a bit. It was a thoughtful, centered, grounded side of him we don't usually see.
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[User Picture]From: jumbach
2004-01-26 06:08 pm (UTC)
OOh, I love that book "Time and Again." Yes, including all the transit scenes. Notice how Finney set it up perfectly for a sequel. :-)
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