Review Of The Film 'the Butterfly Effect'

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The Butterfly Effect "The flap of a wing of a butterflyCould ultimately cause a tornado" Chaos TheoryThese are the words that greet you in the first scene of 'the Butterfly Effect', and it makes you wonder why that phrase is at all relevant. You do not have much time to think about it though because you are immediately plunged into a chase scene which ends up with a 25 year old, unshaven man, vaguely resembling Jesus, wearing a white gown, like that of a mental institute, hiding under a desk desperately scribbling on a piece of paper'If you are reading this my plan did not work and I am now dead, but I needed to try and save her.'I have to admit I thought that this was going to be basically another love story which attempts to wind in a strange plot. This it most certainly was not.You then go back 15 years and meet the strange man, you know it is him because of his long dark hair and similar face shape, with his mother, she is getting ready to take him to school and so you follow her to pick up her coat and when you return you see the seven-year-old boy standing, completely spaced, holding a knife. This, if you are easily frightened like me, is a moment to make you jump, and it wakens you up and makes you have to think about what is going on.He then stirs from his trance and he says to his mother,"Sorry, it was another black-out" and she takes this as a run-of-the-mill occurrence.They then go to school and she leaves at the gates then she gets a phone call and she has to return to school.The teacher than calls her over for a quiet word and shows her a drawing that her child has just done. She says she asked all the children to draw pictures of what they wanted to be when they were older and her son has drawn a picture of him standing victorious on a pile of bloody corpses, bearing the swastika on his arm.He goes to a doctor and the doctor says he should write down what he has done everyday to stop the black-outs.He visits a friend's house and their father has just got a video cam-corder and is filming Robin Hood. Again he blacks-out and finds himself downstairs in the cellar, naked and the father is saying "This is the point in the film where Robin Hood has just married Maid Marion and they have to kiss and do grown up stuff', he then wakes up and wants to put on his clothes but the father doesn't let him and says he'll tell his mum he's been really naughty if he doesn't do what he is told, so he drops his clothes.He then goes to see his father at a mental institute, writing it down in his book the doctor told him to write. He says 'hello' and then he blacks-out and wakes up from his trance with his dad's hands around his neck trying to strangle him.At this point the film is not really cohering as any normal film should.The boy then grows up 8 years and you find him smoking with three friends. They have a brilliant idea to get a small stick of dynamite, which they find in their dads tool box and they put...

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