Monday, March 28, 2005

The Butterfly Effect

I've been meaning to post about this for a week or so. This was a pleasantly surprising movie, even if it did have Ashton Kutcher as the dramatic lead. He did a good enough job that it wasn't distracting. The plot was what carried the movie. It was very creative in its use of time travel to show how one change in the past could ripple forward to the present in unexpected ways. The movie's mood was ominous throughout, starting off with a frantic beginning and not letting up throughout. What I really liked was all the nasty surprises and twists and the sense that nothing was as it seemed. Like the main character, the viewer spent most of the movie knowing something bad was going to happen, just not which direction it was going to come from. That makes for good horror. And Kutcher's best friend from childhood had to be one of the meanest, most inventive, and explosively violent characters in recent movie history. This was just a good horror movie, and I blame myself for listening to movie reviewers and not seeing it sooner. But movie reviewers are a topic for their own special rant.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it true that all three "Back to the Future" movies previously proved, unequivocally, that the "time-space continuum" could be jeopardized in unimaginable ways by the slightest change?

9:15 PM  
Blogger Tim Harden said...

I think "proved" might be a little strong when you're talking about the "Back to the Future" movies, especially when the main scientist couldn't even say "gigawatt" right. But there are some similarities. The Butterfly Effect just went for a more pure horror take.

5:26 AM  

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