Butterfly Effect, The (2004, USA) C-120m. *** D: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott, Eric Stoltz. As a child and teen Kutcher kept suffering from strange black-outs, and with a history of madness in his family, he and his mother fear for the worst. Later, as a psychology student he discovers that he can lapse back into the black-outs by reading his old journals - and thereby change the past and present! Not always credible and sometimes downright silly, but this stylish thriller with horror and sci-fi touches keeps you watching until the end. A definite cult candidate, like the sort-of similar MEMENTO (2000). Also shown at 113m. with a different ending.


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