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The Butterfly Effect was released on 16th April 2004, staring Ashton Kutcher along side Amy Smart. The genre has been described as a Mystery, Sci – Fi and a thriller. The plot is about Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) who blocks out harmful memories of his life and by reading his diaries he is able to unlock his memories and therefore is able to travel back in time and alter the past. As the plot unravels it becomes clear that the more Evan tampers with the past the worse things become.
It is well done how Evan becomes a different person with each new event. Ranging from a goth, to a jock and experience what it is like to live with no limbs. ,The writers give us a glimpse in to the memories that Evan blocks out during his black outs, many of which are dark, moving and emotional. Through out the film you are also shown the knock on effects that Evan has on the other people in his life. The film has alternative endings, which I only realised when I watched it on DVD. One of them is the most powerful and has the most impact and the others did not have the same effect on me. I think this is one downfall for the film.
Overall the film is a complex and at time confusing, however it is well written and gripping. This is a film that is more enjoyable the second time round. The more times you watch it the more you appreciate it as you pick up on different motives. The lighting in this film is beautifully set up and changes well from scene to scene to make the audience feel emotion for the characters. I would say that The Butterfly Effect is one of the best films I’ve seen and recommend others to see this brilliant artistic film if they have not done already.