The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Director: Eric Bures, J. McKee Gruber
Writers: J. McGee Gruber, Eric Brace
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott, John Patrick Amedori Golovaya / Kevin G. Schmidt / Jesse James / Logan Lerman / Sarah Widows / Jack Case / Cameron Bright / Eric Stowe Ertz / Callum Keith Rainey / Kevin Duran / …
Genre: Drama / Science Fiction / Thriller / Suspense / Humanity
Region: USA / Canada
Released: 2004-01-23 (USA)
Series:  The Butterfly Effect
Length: 113 minutes / 120 minutes (director’s cut)
Rating: IMDB 7.6 / Rotten Tomatoes 34%
Ivan (Ashton Kutcher) once had a bad childhood, because his behavior caused a catastrophe, which made his childhood full of unbearable memories. As a matter of fact, he did only vaguely remember some horrible scenes, which have been haunting his normal life. Ivan accepted the psychologist’s advice and wrote down the trivial life in the notepad, but accidentally discovered that he could go back to the past through the notepad.
Only then did he clearly remember that he had done so many wrong things in his childhood. He fantasizes about using his current consciousness to sneak into his childhood body to make up for the harm caused by various mistakes, especially hoping to finally get back together with Casey, whom he had a crush on back then. However, his repeated changes across time and space can only make the real world more and more irreversible. Everything is like a butterfly effect, which affects the whole body.
“The Butterfly Effect” is a 2004 science fiction thriller directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, and starring Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, and Melora Walters. The film tells the story of Evan Treborn (Kutcher), a young man who discovers that he has the ability to travel back in time and change the course of events that have led to his traumatic childhood.
As Evan explores his newfound power, he begins to realize that changing the past can have unforeseen and devastating consequences on the present. With the help of his childhood friend Kayleigh (Smart) and her brother Tommy (William Lee Scott), Evan attempts to alter his past in order to prevent the tragedies that have haunted him throughout his life.
“The Butterfly Effect” explores themes of determinism, free will, and the consequences of our choices. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $96 million worldwide, and has since become a cult classic. While it received mixed reviews from critics, it has been praised for its thought-provoking premise and Kutcher’s performance.