The Butterfly Effect

A man afflicted by a supernatural disease learns to travel back in the past to make the present better.
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United States
Canada
2004
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Child Film
Relative: 
Father
Sibling
Catastrophes: 
Explosion
Dimensional: 
Unknown
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An experience you’ll never forget!
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The Butterfly Effect is a tragic supernatural thriller that deals with time travel in its own creative way using a logic we haven’t seen before. Its main protagonist, Ashton Kutcher's character, uses passages from private journals he wrote to revisit his youth and alter the past to make the present better; better for him, his friend and his love interest.
The film deals with difficult subjects like pedophilia, violence, bad parenting, mental illness, physical disability, suffering and death. It is a story about regrets and remorse, of things we would’ve done differently had we known the consequences of our acts. Despite and implausible plot, this movie is extremely sad, very serious and highly introspective.
And, aside its complex concept, the script doesn’t have major plot holes. For such a tragic story, it even has its fun moments. The writing is fine, the directing irreproachable, and the actors are so good they make us forget we’re watching fiction. This movie passes by so fast it leaves us wanting more. The gimmick is poignant and strangely addicting.
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