Butterfly Effect


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It has been said that something as small as a flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. – Chaos Theory 

That’s the opening quote in the movie we watched this evening called The Butterfly Effect, starring Amy Smart and Ashton Kutcher. Yes, I know, it’s been out for almost 5 years but remember we have kids so not always easy to go out to the movies you know.

Anyway, the movie is about a guy who, while growing up, has a number of spells where he completely blacks out and doesn’t know what happened for certain periods of times. As a potential aid for him, doctors recommend that he keep a journal so that he could refer to certain portions later should he have another blackout spell and could not remember something. Later on he’s in college and finds out that if he reads certain sections of his journal, that ocurred just prior to a blackout, he could travel back in time to that very moment. I won’t spoil it by giving away much more and the ending but needless to say it strikes a chord!

It then got me thinking – you know, we always ask one another and talk about the what ifs. Like, what if you could go back in time, would you do things differently? Would you change something? And the follow-on question to that would be, if you knew that by going back in time changing one thing could adversely affect another, would you still knowingly do it?

After watching the first film, we’re keen to watch the The Butterfly Effect 2 which came out in 2006. It’s not a sequel to the story or characters but follows the same theory around the butterfly effect.

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4 Responses to “Butterfly Effect”

  1. I’m glad you reminded me of this movie. I saw it so long ago that I forgot what the deep meaning of the movie was. I checked my Netflix account and it looks like I returned this movie on 11/10/04 and rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. So .. now I have to put it back in my queue for another spin.

    Thank you Deems! 🙂

    • Koukla, you’re welcome. On IMDB I noticed it got 7.8 out of 10 stars. On it’s own that doesn’t mean much but it’s votes from over 85,000 voters. That to me means something. Not only is it a great film from an acting and plot point of view but it’s another great film that shows you can do some amazing things with the production of a film without the big Hollywood budget. Let me know your “fresh thoughts” when you watch it again.

      • Deems .. you are spot on about the ratings at IMDb. I always look at how many votes there are before paying attention to the star-rating. Yikes! I don’t think I have seen a movie rating at IMDb with 85,000 votes. That is HUGE!

        I thought Jericho (13,593 votes) and Firefly (28,187 votes) was a lot. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to Butterfly Effect.

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