A young boy suffers from repeated blackouts during key traumatic events that affected he and his friends. Later, as a Psych major studying memory assimilation, he discovers that he can not only retrieve those memories by reading through his childhood journals, but he can also bend time and reshape the events to affect the outcome of the future. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT is the last film I ever expected to enjoy. I never would have thought that Ashton Kutcher's acting range could have exceeded the character of Kelso on That 70's Show, but he puts in a solid effort along with the rest of the cast members. The film is extremely dark, depressing, and brutal, and is a steady downward spiral from start to finish. Every positive change Kutcher's character influences in the past comes with an ironic set of consequences in the future, each being far more tragic than the last. While the interesting and unique handling of memory and time travel make it easy to suspend disbelief, many of the events still feel extremely contrived, but how could they not in a film of this nature? Touching on subject matter like pedophilia, kiddie porn, prostitution, animal abuse, child killing, and other harsh themes, it becomes very difficult to watch many of the events play out, especially when there is seemingly no hope in sight for any of the characters. The film certainly isn't perfect, but anyone that may have avoided the film in the past should definitely check it out. It is a solid watch, if not a devastating one.
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