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  • The concept is interesting, although not new

    • by Lorianna
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      First of all, if you are not familiar with a certain classic story, you will be left wondering what on earth “Butterfly Effect” means and what butterflies have to do with the plot of this movie. I happen to have heard of that story, although I do not remember who the author is. It is about a man who travels back in time; not wishing to alter the present by accidentally doing something in the past, he travels to prehistorical times, when

      no humans were yet around.

      All he does is walks around a bit and then goes back home. Except that while walking, he happens to step on a butterfly.

      When he returns to his own time, he finds the world very different, with a different president ruling his country. I’m not sure the story explains how stepping on a prehistorical butterfly had affected the future so much, but that’s not the point.

      The point is, any little thing in the past can ...

      • lead to big things in the future. Now that you know the original story, the movie title makes much more sense.

        Yes, it is about time travel - sort of - and about changing the past. There is no time machine though.

        The main character, Evan (Ashton Kutcher), has these mysterious blackouts, when he suddenly freezes, or passes out. Later on, he learns that he can change the past by mentally going back to these very moments of blackouts and doing something

        different from what had really happened.

        Don’t ask me how this “mental time-traveling” works, I have no idea. The concept is interesting, although not new; “Back to the Future” immediately comes to mind.

        But where “Back to the Future” was funny, clean, and entertaining, “The Butterfly Effect” is dark, violent, and filled with bad language and sexual content. Kutcher’s character keeps trying to fix something, but each time he messes with the past he makes something else worse.

        “Don’t play God” seems to be the lesson.

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