Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stolz, John Patrick
Amedori and Jesse James
Directed/written by: Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber
an Ashton Kutcher film that doesn't suck! Oh, I'm sorry was that
Butterfly Effect is actually a wonderfully intelligent piece
that ties all its fluffy cinematic bows properly, ultimately delivering
a memorable film within a handsome little package. That's not
to say there aren't some icky parts; like generic sudden scary
bits with musical accents designed to make you leap in horror,
or the oh-so-clever foreshadowing. But it works and streams along
at a steady clip twoards the plot supplying a fun day at the movies.
Evan's (John Patrick Amedori) an odd child. He's an
apple not far from the tree. And in his case that "tree"
is certifiably insane. Ev's not quite mad - yet. But, he does
have these peculiar blackouts that are a tad annoying.
these cronic mental faux pas of alerted-ness happen at key moments
in his life, leaving him utterly discombobulated to say the least.
his childhood pack of semi-hooligans accidentally kills a family
during a "harmless" vandalism prank, his world is turned
shoot forward into the future with Evan
As an adult (Ashton
Kutcher) while still searching for the solution to his rare mental
dysfunctions, and still fuzzy about some pretty rough childhood
happenings, he stumbles upon a remarkable ability to transport
himself, literally, back to specific events in his life; bad events;
the ones that changed he and his friends' life paths. Now however
instead of blacking out, Ev cannot only see what transpired but
actually returns into his younger self with his adult with a knowing
that for a cool concept.
learns when you change or affect something in the world, the ripple
of that action is irrevocable; for good or bad.
is a helluva piece folks. Give it time and stay alert - the pay
offs are there.
Ashton Kutcher finally looses his stoner façade and the
man Demi is attracted to shines through. Hey, who knew he could
actually act? Me neither. Here he does. And rest assured Ash is
still as deliciously edible as a rice krispie treat that's been
lightly heated in the microwave to set forth its oozing sweetness,
rest of the cast (like beauty Amy Smart and this devilishly creepy
version of normally sweety Eric Stolz) do a great job as pawns
within "Evans" little mental roller coaster of time-travelling
cause and affect studies.
speaking? This aint the usual Ashton vehicle - but he's still
a handsome manlyberry studmuffin (especially in one barely
wrapped little scenede boudoir) straight out of the heart's fires.
It'll keep his "younger" audience in a state of bliss,
while we get a real movie.
recommendation: Lite beer and popcorn.