The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Director: Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz
Box Office: $100m
Plot: A survivor of childhood abuse suddenly discovers that he can travel back in time with the use of his diary. Exploiting this lucky find to right all the injustices in his past, he learns that small changes to the timeline cause big ripples. He variously ends up as a college student, a prison rape victim and an amputee. People laughed in a kind of awed disbelief, which wasn’t really the intention.
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The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)
Director: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Eric Lively, Erica Durance, Dustin Milligan
Plot: Unrelated to the first one plot-wise, although it deals with the same issues again. It’s not as convoluted or as bogglingly dark though. We have here a protagonist who survives an accident that kills his friends, and goes back in time to try to stop it. The time travelling mechanic this time is photographs instead of diary entries, but it’s more or less the same. There’s a Butterfly Effect 3 too (called, yawn, Revelations), which, again, is the same premise with different characters.