The Butterfly Effect
2004
If you could go back in time and undo a horrible childhood, would you? This thriller poses that complex question when college student Evan Treborn, who's besieged by tragic memories, discovers a way to alter his past. But will it make a difference?

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

I enjoyed this film the first time I saw it, when it was a trailer that told me two-thirds of the plot; seeing the actual movie was almost unnecessary. But it’s a likeable picture, a bit of lightweight science fiction for audiences ignorant of Bradbury and seeking a few slightly cerebral thrills. Except for a penitent passage near the end, Kutcher can handle drama (it’s called underacting), and Melora Walters creates a strong presence as his mother. It might have been great if it had developed its characters beyond their use in the plot, and not had an arbitrary ending.

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