The Butterfly Effect

Synopsis: Change One Thing. Change Everything.

A young man struggling to get over disturbing memories from his childhood discovers that he is able to travel back in time and alter events in the past. However, every change he makes transforms his life and that to those around him, often to unexpected and disastrous consequences.

The Butterfly Effect 8.0

I’m wrapping up my sci-fi extravangaza this month and, while this movie isn’t really sci-fi per se, it does have time travel in it. So there. I mean, unless you consider the notion that the main character has a genetic “gift” that allows him to jump back in time and affect the course of his life as ‘fantasy’, then it would invariably have to fall into ‘sci-fi’. It’s not a space opera, though.

Man… I wanted to give this one a better rating; I love the concept and it really captured my imagination. But, I don’t know if it was the acting or the directing (or both), but something about this movie felt cheap or less than the sum of its parts somehow…

For now, I’ll blame it all on the directing – because we all know how bad directing can make good actors suck the life out of a cinema (George Lucas… are you reading this?). The advantage with this DVD is that there’s a theatrical cut AND a director’s cut. And, while the performances won’t change per se, maybe a change of context might improve things a tad.

I’m hoping… clutching at straws here – I really want to like this movie more than this! I mean, it’s hard to imagine why all the performances are so substandard. They’re not gawd-awful by any stretch of the imagination, but there isn’t a wholly convincing performance in that whole movie – except for some of the kid actors. And then there are some that are consistently bad – like Evan’s mom. I don’t know who that actress is, but she should be embarrassed. I’d suggest not putting this movie on her resume.

It’s hard to imagine that the casting director was this crappy, but they had a really bad one on the remake of ‘Bad News Bears’ – so maybe that was the issue and it’s not the director’s fault. Or maybe they just didn’t have the money to rent good talent for this production. I mean, Lord knows that Ashton Kutcher is no Lawrence Olivier, but the rest of the cast has done far better than this I’m sure. Maybe they wanted to level the playing field for the star…?

We’ll soon find out…

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