the butterfly effect movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s psychological, dark, interesting and teens will love it. The Butterfly Effect is an engaging and worthwhile 2004 sci-fi thriller, psychologically focusing on time travel.


During his life, Evan Treborn suffers from blackouts that occur during significant moments. When he grows up, he discovers a way to remember these lost memories by traveling back in time and changing the past.

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Movie details

Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott, Elden Henson, Logan Lerman, Ethan Suplee, Melora Walters
Writer: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Release Date (Australia): 11 March 2004
Runtime: 113 minutes/1h 53m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film features strong themes of time-travel, as well as thematic elements such as child abuse, pedophilia and disturbing scenes that include depictions of sadistic attacks.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features stabbings that are accompanied by large amounts of blood detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent and aggressive use of “f**k” language, in addition to uses of “s**t” and “**shole”.

Drug Use (M)

The film includes brief depictions of marijuana smoking.

Nudity (M)

The film includes a brief depiction of full frontal female nudity.

Sex (M)

The film includes moderate verbal sexual references and scenes that feature brief depictions of sexual intercourse.

mpaa rating

R (for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug use)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This complex time-travel thriller with a deep focus on the mind is too disturbing and convoluted for kids, but it’s such a compelling riddle of substantial twists. The Butterfly Effect is a psychological sci-fi movie that’s goal is to simply just reach your attention, compel your mind and get you and Ashton Kutcher’s well-performed character to figure out a confusing but clever mystery.

The Butterfly Effect provides a very fascinating concept, but also sprinkles several bumps of grit. The time-traveling and subject matters always relate to extremely mature elements such as disturbing abuse and sadistic behaviours. There’s drug content, sexual content and thematic content that lets the mature rating state it’s not for kids and will thoroughly dig into your brain. There’s an uncountable amount of themes throughout the 113 minutes.

This movie’s twists are mature and the time-traveling part of the story is science fictional, but the film is also believable. There’s really staggering performances between the child actors to the adult cast, and Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber did an exceptional job at writing and directing this film. All you truly need when you head into this movie is the state of mind suitable for understanding the complexity. You need to be properly focused to give it a proper chance. Otherwise it’s just convoluted and slow-moving.

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