The Butterfly Effect
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.